The ultimate resource to guide you on your journey to and through medical school

Get the inside scoop from pre-med advisors, physicians, faculty, alumni, and current medical students about all areas of medical school. Hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan, Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, Talking U & Med Student Life brings valuable information to anyone thinking about a career in medicine whether you're in high school, pre-med, or already a medical student.

Latest Episodes

Episode 142 – Dr. Kathleen Timme

Mar 4, 2020

What is it like to move from the East Coast to the stunning Rocky Mountains of Utah? How does one decide to become a pediatric endocrinologist? Why is there such a demand for creating exceptional learning experiences and excellent educators in medicine? What is the Bills Mafia and how is one an ...

Episode 141 – Anna

Feb 19, 2020

What triggers someone to decide they want to go to medical school after completing their first year of college? How does one’s vision of their future physician practice evolve throughout medical school? Why is it important to always go to the dinner hosted by a potential residency program? Today ...

Episode 140 – Max

Feb 5, 2020

What is it like being a first-generation college student and choosing to chase a career in medicine while combating self-doubt? How do you flawlessly perform a scene from The Sound of Music in front of your new classmates during your medical school orientation? How does one go about deciding what to...

Episode 139 – Eddie

Jan 22, 2020

How does a person’s little brother inspire them to become a pediatrician at that the ripe age of fifteen? What is it like growing up African American in American Fork and becoming more resilient and driven because of it? Is it possible to still be a sports aficionado and a busy medical student at ...

Episode 138 – Siale

Jan 8, 2020

What motivates a track and field star to pursue a career in medicine? How does a series of health setbacks while living in the Philippines strengthen your sense of identity and goals? What is it like to trailblaze your own path to medical school while blocking out discouraging voices? Why should you...

Episode 137 – Ludovica

Dec 18, 2019

"My mentor early on, the Italian doctor, he showed me how to be truly a compassionate physician. I remember he used to spend so much time with the patients talking to them, not only about their disease, but just getting to know them." Ludovica grew up in Italy until the time she was 12 years old. ...

Episode 136 – Ha

Dec 4, 2019

"I thought wow, what is it about medicine that can take something that can be so raw and so hurtful and transform it into something that makes people somewhat excited and hopeful and that kind of launched me into medicine." Ha grew up with her grandparents close. It was their respect for doctors and...