It is my pleasure to provide a progress report on behalf of the CMU College of Medicine.
this summer, on August 4, 2013 to be exact, Central Michigan University
will welcome the inaugural class for the College of Medicine (CMED).
Drawn heavily from within the state, with many students from the central
and northern regions, CMED students will begin their journey into the
profession of medicine, a first step towards helping to address the
physician shortage in the Great Lakes Bay region and areas north.
a community-engaged program, CMU’s College of Medicine will provide
learning opportunities in partnership with physicians and hospitals in
medically underserved areas of central and northern Michigan. This
includes facilities in Saginaw (urban underserved) as well as in small
towns and rural communities.
Clinical experiences will be based
in patient-centered medical practices with emphases on family medicine,
internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, general surgery,
psychiatry, and emergency medicine.
CMED students will be taught
an innovative medical curriculum in the state-of-the-art and
technology-rich College of Medicine building (contiguous with the
College of Health Professions). Local physicians will provide clinical
experience integrated with more formal classroom and laboratory
Inter-professional education (IPE) will help to
create the teams of professionals requisite to meet the needs of
patients in the region. CMED will also collaborate with well-established
CMU programs and resources, including The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow
College of Health Professions, the College of Science and Technology,
the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and other
regional colleges and universities in the creation of IPE programs.
excitement is building as finishing touches are made to the curriculum
and as we anticipate the arrival of our first CMED students. Our wider
community has fully embraced CMED and will join us in celebrating the
arrival of our inaugural class.
Ernie Yoder, M.D., Ph.D., MACP
Founding Dean, CMU College of Medicine