As this academic year comes to a close, I have had a chance to reflect on where we have come from, where we are going and, most importantly, whom I must thank for helping Central Michigan University’s (CMU) College of Medicine along the way.

Our faculty and staff are at the heart of everything we do – every hurdle we overcome and every improvement we make. Our caring professionals work day-in and day-out to deliver medical education, operate our ‘business’, treat patients, and advance public health solutions.

We also are blessed to have a vast network of medical professionals in hospitals, and volunteer physicians in practices around the state who support student clinical rotations, clerkships and resident education. Senior leaders at CMU, in local corporations and in area communities have done a great deal to support our current efforts and future growth strategies.

Lastly, I want to thank our medical students and residents in our graduate programs. Who you are, what you dream to do, and the future impact you will have is why we do what we do – as well as being the greatest reward for the challenging work of operating a medical school.

Thank you all!

2017 – 2018 Year in Review

By all measures the 2017-2018 academic year, CMU’s College of Medicine has been a complete success.

  • We have grown significantly, accelerated positive momentum and expanded our impact in education, healthcare, economic vitality in the region, and progress on critical community health issues.

  • Our undergraduate medical students continue to perform above national averages on standardized tests – and they are impacting more patients, practices, and communities.

  • Our resident medical education program, through CMU Education Partners, recently graduated 33 physicians across six areas of specialty and welcomed 38 new residents to our Saginaw campus on July 1st.


The Class of 2018 

Graduation of our College’s second class of 93 doctors (an increase of 33 percent) and 32 residents.

100 Percent Residency Placement

All of CMU’s new doctors secured residency programs across the nation, while ‘in mission’ placements increased with 75 percent of graduates choosing primary care, 54 percent remaining in Michigan, and ten electing to join our programs in Saginaw.

Full Accreditation

We received full accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education which is a testament to our success in developing the people, processes, and infrastructure for high-quality medical education. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education accredited our program with a commendation for our work to support more than 4,000 faculty and community physicians in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay region and the state.

Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) Expansion

Our unique CCC program added many new partner locations and more than 500 community-based, volunteer physician practices. We grew into southern Michigan and northwest Ohio, further expanding our geographic footprint, and community impact. Many new locations will begin serving CMU students in the coming year.

New Surgery and Podiatry Residency Programs

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education fully accredited two new residency programs in general surgery and podiatry, adding to five existing residencies with CMU Medical Education Partners.

Community Leadership and Efforts

CMU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health and Wellness engaged broadly across campus and externally through public health summits and topic-specific seminars focused on the region’s health priorities. The College of Medicine has contributed actively to multi-sector Great Lakes Bay Region strategic initiative, called THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally In a Vibrant Economy) aimed to improve health and foster healthcare-related economic growth. Our faculty and students led progress on significant public health issues such as opioid addiction, childhood trauma, mental health and suicide with community partners.

Healthcare Innovation Partnership

The College of Business Administration, College of Medicine and BlueWater Angels Investment Network created the new Michigan Healthcare Innovation Partnership that emphasizes entrepreneurship in medicine by fostering educational collaboration and creating new small businesses and jobs within the state.

Recognized National Leadership

During this past year, Dr. Robert Petersen, chair of Foundational Sciences, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Sethu Reddy, chair of Medical Disciplines, was appointed as the next Secretary of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Lastly, Dr. Furhut Janssen was elected as the chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

As a relatively young college of medicine, we are making a significant impact on economic growth and social vitality – as well as delivering improved healthcare outcomes for thousands of people – across the Great Lakes Bay Region.

I am very excited to see where our journey takes us this year!

George E. Kikano, M.D.
Dean, CMU College of Medicine