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CMU College of Medicine history
​​​CMU College of Medicine welcomed first students in 2013

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The Central Michigan University College of Medicine opened its doors to the inaugural class of 64 students in Aug. 3, 2013, with a white coat ceremony in McGuirk Arena.

Discussions to launch a medical school started in 2008 when the CMU Board of Trustees approved the development of a medical school with a mission to produce highly educated physicians to provide healthcare in underserved regions. In 2010, the Board approved a formal relationship to forward medical education with students and residents with Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw. CMU also assumed control of the Saginaw-based Synergy health clinics, renaming them CMU Health.

TIMELINE OF A MEDICAL SCHOOL

Sept. 18, 2008: CMU Board of Trustees approves development of a medical school.

Feb. 18, 2010: Groundbreaking for College of Medicine building on Central Michigan campus.

Dec. 2, 2010: CMU trustees approve formal relationship between CMU, Synergy Medical Education Alliance, Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw through the College of Medicine.

Jan. 1, 2011: CMU joins Synergy Medical Education Alliance, which is renamed CMU Medical Education Partners.

Feb. 8, 2012: Liaison Committee on Medical Education grants preliminary accreditation to the CMU College of Medicine.

Aug. 1, 2012: Synergy Medical Education Alliance becomes CMU Health.

Sept. 21, 2012: Grand opening of $24 million, 60,000 square-foot CMU College of Medicine building in Mount Pleasant.

Dec. 7, 2012: LCME accreditation report shows CMU College of Medicine in compliance and preliminary accreditation status remains in place.

Dec. 19, 2012: CMU College of Medicine receives five-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

May 17, 2013: CMU announces plan to construct medical education facility on the campus of Covenant HealthCare. Completion date is May 2015.

Aug. 4, 2013: Inaugural class of 64 students – 58 from the state of Michigan – is welcomed to campus in a convocation that includes a white coat ceremony.

November 2013: Preliminary work begins on a 46,000-square-foot educational building on the campus of Covenant HealthCare. It will include a 10,000-square-foot simulation center.

August 2014: The second class – 104 students selected from 3,007 applications – begins studies.

September 2014: CMU Board of Trustees approves construction/renovation plan for clinical and educational space on the campus of St. Mary's of Michigan to be completed by spring 2016.

May 2015: Construction completed for the educational building on the campus of Covenant HealthCare.

July 6, 2015: First third-year students will begin clinical rotations and community clerkships in Saginaw and other sites around Michigan.

August 2015: The third class – selected from 4,603 applicants – arrives on the CMU campus.