The UMMS Communication Collaborative is a student-run class developed at the University of Michigan Medical School with the goals of promoting clear communication and providing forums for students to practice public speaking. This course, designed for fourth year medical students, includes both an initial intensive segment as well as a year-long longitudinal component. The intensive teaches students the skills required for giving and critiquing two different types of presentations: a short, research-focused presentation (Grand Rounds – Research Edition), and longer, narrative presentations (Grand Rounds). Skills taught in the initial didactics portion of the course include the principles of public speaking, effective non-verbal communication, proposal evaluation, management, and how to deliver critical feedback to colleagues. After the completion of the intensive, the student director and coordinators run the selection process and manage presentation preparation and delivery for student speakers. Click here for a complete overview of our process.


Balaji Pandian (M2) presenting “Artificial Intelligence in Medicine” at Medical Student Grand Rounds

“The UMMS CC was an amazing experience to not only share my interests with my classmates and faculty, but also an opportunity to work on public speaking and presentation skills. As future physicians, we’ll inevitably be required to present research, ideas, and proposals to our colleagues and peers. This program has strengthened both my public speaking skills as well as my confidence in presenting my ideas to others.” – Balaji Pandian (M2)