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 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...

Episode 135 – Kaitlyn

Nov 20, 2019

"I ended up shadowing another female physician who had a family and kids and was balancing other things. That’s when I knew I could do it. It points to the importance of representation in medicine because your mind is so moldable when you’re younger. You can really be effected by the role models...

Episode 134 – Michael

Nov 6, 2019

"I grew up with humble means. My dad was a meat cutter at Smith's, a lot of my childhood we were living in trailer parks, and we had a couple bankruptcies, so I kind of got here on a winding road." Michael grew up with a very humble background in Cedar City Utah. To pay for his college education, he...

Episode 133 – Annabah

Oct 23, 2019

"It was really fulfilling being able to create products that I knew were going to better people’s lives, but it didn’t feel as real without seeing their actual impact and seeing the people it was helping day to day." Annabah's family experienced a lot of health related issues during her teen ...

Episode 132 – Garrett, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Oct 9, 2019

"I served an LDS mission in Africa and I kind of saw more of a lack of healthcare than I've seen in the U.S. and that sort of solidified the idea that I wanted to go into medicine and help people." Growing up on a small farm in Duchesne, Garrett knew he had a love for science. It was until he served...