First student-led Second Year Show unites a class

January 22, 2015

When Benjamin Ulrich tried to imagine an event that could unite one of the country’s largest medical school classes across a state the size of Indiana, he looked to the top for inspiration.

Second Year Show, or “2YS,” is modeled after a proud tradition of medical school humor and theatrics at top-tier universities such as Harvard and Yale. The "Saturday Night Live"-inspired comedy show with an insider’s look at life in medical school took place Jan. 16 at the Madame Walker Theater in Indianapolis.

“When I visited these schools, I always noticed they had some of the happiest kids I ever met -- despite the fact they were all studying for the test at the end of their second year that basically determines your whole future,” said Ulrich, referring to Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. “I wanted to help create that same sense of community at IU -- to excite and unite all nine campuses behind a single idea.”

The plan was a success. Over 600 people turned out for the inaugural IUSM 2YS. Attendees included members of the Indianapolis and IUSM community, including medical students, family, friends, faculty and administrators.