My passion for becoming a physician is fueled by my innate desire to have a tangible impact on the medical field. There is no better place than Detroit to examine and address health disparity and health inequity issues. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are two major medical conditions afflicting the residents of Detroit, many of who lack the financial capability and adequate access to maintain healthy lifestyles.
-Meyer Gershater-Wayne Med-Direct cohort 2017
Wayne Med-Direct curriculum
In addition to the individual academic curricula (major/minor/pre-medicine/honors) students pursue for Bachelor's degree completion at Wayne State University, Wayne Med-Direct undergraduate training curriculum is created to prepare students for the academic and professional rigor of the medical school and shape them by providing guidance, knowledge, training opportunities to become future leaders in medicine. All Wayne Med-Direct students must follow this training curriculum during the four years of their undergraduate term and routine evaluations will determine the students' success in pursuing the curriculum.
1. What majors can Wayne Med-Direct students pursue for their bachelor's degree?
Wayne Med-Direct students can select from over 40 different majors offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
2. Is it possible to pursue a second major? Can I pursue a minor?
Wayne Med-Direct students can choose to pursue double majors/dual (or concurrent) degrees given that they take the feasibility of completing all requirements in four years into consideration and outline the plan of work early on with the help of respective advisors.
Wayne Med-Direct students MUST pursue a minor (as their secondary discipline of study) from any department that offers a minor at Wayne State, as required by CLAS for degree completion.
3. Can I transfer the college credits I earned in high school to Wayne State?
Yes, you can transfer college credits earned in high school to Wayne State to be placed in advanced classes. Please visit transfer credit webpage for more information.
4. How many credits I need to take as a Wayne Med-Direct scholar per semester?
In fall and winter semesters, Wayne Med-Direct scholars must take at least 15 credits to ensure bachelor's degree completion in four years. However, many students take up to 18 credits in the fall and winter semesters, and often take courses in the spring/summer semester.
5. What extracurricular activities do Wayne Med-Direct students engage in? Do students get spare time to participate in them?
Wayne Med-Direct students take part in a variety of extracurricular activities such as sports, health care, community service, student organizations and more. Please read current students' profiles on this website to get a feel for what they do. Amidst the rigorous curricula they follow, our students make time to engage in extracurricular activities to 1) follow their passion; 2) develop transferrable skills; and 3) build their resume and professional network.
6. Do all Wayne Med-Direct students take classes together? Do they attend smaller classes reserved only for them?
Wayne Med-Direct students take classes pertaining to the curricula of their majors/minors, so they do not attend the same classes and have different class schedules. There are only few common classes that all students take at the same time. Our students take classes with other Wayne State students and there are no reserved classes offered to them.
7. Does Wayne Med-Direct provide a support system offering mentoring and guidance to students in order for them to complete degree requirements, fulfill scholarship requirements and meet program expectations? Are there regular check-ups on their progress?
Yes. Wayne Med-Direct provides a support system for all students to ensure that they meet expectations and ultimately become leaders in medicine. Students are members of a learning community in which peers and near-peers support each other in academics and professional development. Students are exposed to role models in academia, research and medicine to enhance professional development and leadership skills. Students' academic progress, health and well-being, and professional growth are regularly assessed. Any concerns noticed are intervened early, and support is provided to help the student resolve the underlying issues.