Community Healthcare Partners and Affiliations

The Mission of the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine is to:

“Prepare physicians focused on improving access to high-quality health care in Michigan with an emphasis on rural and medically underserved regions” and “engage physicians in leading health care transformation, lifelong learning, and team-based education”. 

To accomplish this mission, a new model of distributed community-engaged medical education has been selected and developed by the College of Medicine. This model relies heavily on community partners in hospitals and physician practices. The hospital partnerships known Clinical Affiliate Sites are asked to sign the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement, which is critically important because it provides the guidelines for medical students functioning in these locations. Included are hospital responsibilities, university responsibilities, and mutual responsibilities of both. These affiliation agreements are signed by the hospital and the Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness.

The existence of these partnership agreements allow medical students to: 

  1. Be educated and trained in the environments in which we intend for our graduates to practice
  2. Experience high-quality medical practice where initial medical diagnoses most often occur 
  3. Understand the impact of health care decisions on patients’ families and communities 
  4. Experience high-quality interprofessional patient care 
  5. Appreciate the quality of life in the communities they serve
The College of Medicine has Affiliation Agreements for hospitals and practices from Saginaw to Midland to Mount Pleasant; from Toledo to Houghton-Hancock and many locations in between. These community partners provide an essential context for the education and training for a new College of Medicine physician.

The map below includes information about all of our affiliated sites.

Contact Us

For more information on becoming a community partner with the CMU College of Medicine, please contact us at or (989) 746-7553.