The 2014 WSU/RIM PM&R Medical Student Interest Group Fair was held at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. The fair was organized and developed by Dr. Ami Mac, Dr. Michael Ajluni, and Amira Nasser MS2. With the help of 40 volunteers and staff, over 100 students from five medical schools were able to attend.
Prior to clinical rotations in their third year, first and second year medical students have limited interactions with attending physicians, especially those in subspecialties. Fairs such as these are a powerful tool for physicians and medical educators to expand students’ clinical experiences. Students also meet other professionals (e.g. therapists, nurses, medical equipment specialists) and learn about their roles on a health care team.
“A student fair like this is great. Between all the studying and tests during our first two years, you can lose sight of the bigger picture. The hands-on activities were excellent but being able to talk with the physicians and other health care professionals at each station was even better. I was able see, if only a glimpse, what they do on a daily basis.”
– MS2, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
“It was nice that we were able to tour all the different areas at RIM. The faculty were very welcoming and interested in teaching.”
– MS2, Wayne State University School of Medicine
“I enjoyed learning about many of the techniques and equipment used in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. I received hands-on experience with ultrasound, needle injection, and physical exam of the shoulder.”
– MS1, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine