Michelle Grafelman

Why I chose the University of Minnesota Medical School

I love living in Minneapolis. There is so much to do here, both indoors and outdoors! Also, the city offers a welcoming environment, which is something I really appreciate. The U of M Medical School offers excellent clinical rotation options, which was something I found very valuable, as well. Additionally, I love living close to my family and being able to stay connected to them despite my busy school schedule.

Year of Study


Research experience

Currently, I work with a pediatric oncologist, Dr. Karim Sadak, on a clinical project investigating good indicators of successful transitioning of cancer survivorship care from the pediatric to adult setting. As an undergraduate, I worked on an eye development staging and molecular genetics project in the model organism Daphnia magna. I also participated in a Biomedical Ethics research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in which I wrote a case study and worked closely with the ethics consultation service.
Medical Interests: 
Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology

Community Involvement

Volunteer and associate board member at Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, co-president of Pediatric Interest Group, treasurer of Wellbeing Committee, philanthropy co-chair of Women in Medicine, recruitment co-chair of ExPECT, MS1 Tutor, volunteer in Human Body Exhibit at Science Museum of Minnesota, member of Internal Medicine Interest Group, medical school Revisit Day committee member

Undergraduate institution:

Augsburg College

Home region:

Savage, MN


Running, baking, flute playing
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