The Capital Area Health Alliance’s 8th Annual Medical Student Networking and Dine Around Evening, held on November 3, 2016, was a successful event, thanks to the hard work of the Capital Area Physician Experience (CAPE) committee members, the generous support of 15 sponsors, and the participation of 25 physician mentors and resource people. An engaged group of 63 students from the MSU College of Human Medicine and MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine attended to participate in roundtable discussions with Lansing area physicians of different specialties and experts on Graduate Medical Education and state loan repayment programs.
Virtually all of the students attending the event were in their first or second years of medical school, and this event showcases Greater Lansing as a welcoming community, interested in helping these students learn about the potential opportunities to train, practice and live in the area. Recognizing that recruiting residents is an important first step in bringing physicians to the area, this year’s program included a focus on planning for Graduate Medical Education (GME). A brief presentation and information in the program booklet offered resources for the students, including a list of current residencies in the Greater Lansing area, a directory of websites with valuable information for students exploring GME options, and questions to consider when choosing a specialty. The students were also able to learn about practicing in the Lansing area, from the experience of 25 physicians, representing 17 specialty and subspecialty areas.