Pipeline programs are investments in the future. They are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine and other health professions. The programs were created as part of the College of Medicine's mission to educate diverse students and train culturally competent physicians to provide comprehensive health care and services to underserved populations in Michigan and beyond. The Central Michigan University College of Medicine supports the belief that physicians of the future need to reflect the growing diversity of our surrounding communities and our country. Our pipeline programs were designed to increase diversity of the healthcare workforce by exposing interested students from rural and underprivileged backgrounds to various healthcare professions.
CMU College of Medicine Virtual CampMed
CampMed is a hands-on, virtual, educational, summer experience for high school students interested in medicine or other health-related fields. This two-day, online event is scholarship-based and provided at no cost to the student.
Accepted applicants, with the assistance of current medical students, will participate in typical medical student activities. Campers get to learn more about college life from our current medical students and see what it is like to be a medical student through case-based learning and virtual anatomy labs.
- Students will participate in a dynamic, virtual medical case study.
- Students will participate in a virtual Anatomy Lab Experience.
- Students will connect with current CMU medical students.
Contact the CMU College of Medicine Office of Admissions
Health Careers Program (HCPP)
The Health Careers Pipeline Program is a nine-week curriculum in the fall for 9th and 10 graders from three, local participating high schools. It is designed to recruit a diverse group of students interested in pursuing a health professions career. The program is designed to provide high school students with opportunities to not only learn how to improve their health and wellbeing, but also inspire them to believe in their own intellectual strengths and aspire to post-secondary educational pursuits in the health professions.
The three main goals of this program include:
- Health and Wellness.
A unique feature of the program is the “layering” of mentors. Under the guidance of CMU medical students and other undergraduate health professions student mentors, high school students will explore career options, engage in hands-on clinical simulation experiences, learn how to navigate the post-secondary environment to achieve their goals, and become more observant of their own health and wellness.
The high school students will be mentored by baccalaureate level students in various health professions. The baccalaureate students will be mentored by medical students. The program is a strong collaboration between the Mid Central AHEC and two medical students who developed the nine-week curriculum and all the operational and organizational formats. Each session will feature an aspect of health care and well-being that supports student learning and engagement. Local health providers from the community will also bring their expertise to weekly presentations. Sessions will allow time for high school students to meet with their mentors and discuss their thoughts, reactions, and responses to the content of each session.
Mid Central - Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
The Mid Central AHEC hosts multiple pipeline tours and educational session throughout the year for various regional high school classes and middle school groups. These activities include a question and answer session with one of the faculty physicians on her personal journey through medical school, and a representative from the College of Health Professions discusses the various programs offered including the academic pathways to each program for the Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Health Sciences Administration, Physiology, Audiology, and Speech and Language Programs.
These programs are followed by facility tours of the College of Medicine and the College of Health Professions at CMU. Approximately 250-300 students participate in the AHEC pipeline programs each year and over 1,000 students from local and regional high schools have attended this program over the last three years.
CMU MedHonors Program
CMUMed Honors is an early assurance program for select undergraduate members of the Central Michigan University Honors program.
Twenty Central Michigan University Honors Scholar students will engage in CMU College of Medicine clinical, classroom and community events as part of a program tailored to prepare them for a medical school education. The program began in the spring of 2015.
CMUMed Honors students will be selected from the honors program as freshmen in their first semester at CMU. After experiencing the clinical, classroom and community events and working with a mentor from the medical school, up to five participants will be offered an early assurance of admission to the College of Medicine before the start of their senior year.
CMUMed Honors students must take the Medical College Admissions Test no later than May of their junior year to be considered for the five slots. All program participants must complete a College of Medicine application and participate in the College of Medicine multiple mini interviews.
Students not selected can still apply through the regular American Medical College Application Service process.
Applications for the early assurance program are available in the fall semester. CMUMed Honors will be an ongoing program, with 20 honors students joining each year.
Minimum Requirements for Application
- Meet the CMU Honors Program requirements for grade-point average and ACT score.
- Verification of U.S. or Canadian citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.
- Completion of the College of Medicine Honors application.
- CMU College of Medicine prerequisite courses.
- Maintenance of a 3.25 GPA.
- Participation in College of Medicine Honors seminars.
- Participation in community, volunteer and clinical activities consistent with the CMU College of Medicine mission.
- Submission or a score from the Medical College Admissions Test in the junior year.
- Application to the CMU College of Medicine no later than August 1 of senior year.
- Compliance with the CMU College of Medicine essential standards for matriculation, promotion and graduation as well as the College of Medicine's terms and conditions of acceptance.
- Criminal background check before matriculation to the College of Medicine.
Please visit the CMU Honors Early Assurance website for a complete program overview.