Our Mission Statement​​​​

Central Michigan University Emergency Medicine Residency program is committed to producing exemplary physician leaders in the workplace and community. We hold ourselves to the highest standard, providing premier emergency medical care with a patient-centered philosophy. At the completion of residency our residents are prepared for any challenge ahead through our diverse exposure to pathology, trauma, and hands-on procedural experience. We are “Tough Enough”!  Lauren Kershnar, MD, Chief Resident

​​​​​ ​​​Program Director's Welcome

Kathleen Cowling, MS, DO, MBA, FAAEM, FACEP

Our experience as residents, more than anything else, influences our future practice of emergency medicine. A rich milieu of diverse clinical care, quality academic programming, and strong social support leads to confident, high-quality graduates capable of practicing in any environment.

At Central Michigan University our residents practice in "tough" neighborhoods, with ample exposure to high acuity medical and trauma patient populations. Our two primary training sites in Saginaw account for more than 120,000 emergency department visits annually. As the largest urban area in mid and northern Michigan, our referral catchment includes much of Michigan’s Thumb and northeast Lower Peninsula. All resident training sites are ACS-verified trauma centers with dedicated helicopter transport services. All traumas are "run" by our EM residents, allowing an unparalleled exposure to the management of blunt and penetrating injuries.

EM Residents ClassroomIn the classroom, our residents are exposed to an innovative curriculum that focuses on collaborative and interactive learning.  Team-based learning (TBL), audience response systems and web-based training modules are regular features. Our residents are "tough" in simulation; they are exposed to more than 75 hours of simulation based training annually. Our new 10,000-square-foot center​ places us among the premier simulation facilities in the nation.

EM ResidentsOutside of the hospital, our residents work and play "tough." The residency holds no less than four national MedWars titles, and several of our residents are current and past EMRA leaders. Together, they enjoy a tight-knit social circle and a team spirit that builds year after year. Our faculty are proven "tough" as well, with national EM leadership experience and state government appointments.

The residents, faculty and staff of CMU are proud of the training that we offer in Saginaw. We thank you for considering our program. The only question remaining is, “Are You Tough Enough?”

Kathleen Cowling, MS, DO, MBA, FAAEM, FACEP
Emergency Medicine Program Director​

Contact Information:

Residency Coordinator
Melinda Wardin
Phone: 989-746-7518
Fax: 989-746-7580