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Section 1: Introduction

Section 1: Introduction

Message from Dean

Our History – Central Michigan University

The College of Medicine

Accreditation Status

The CMED Mission, Vision and Core Values

Mission

Vision

Core Values

Administrative and Academic Leadership

College of Medicine – West (Main) Campus

College of Medicine – East Campus

 

Message from the Dean

Dear students:

 

It is my honor to officially welcome you to the Central Michigan University College of Medicine.  You are truly pioneers – not only as members of the founding class for our new medical school, but also as partners in an undertaking which is unique even among new medical schools.  You are invited to collaborate with our team of dedicated faculty and staff to help be the change we all wish to see in the education and training of physicians.  You are about to embark on a most exciting journey, through a novel, evidence-based curriculum which I believe will prepare you for a lifetime of success in the practice of medicine. Our team will facilitate your success and help you to experience the joy present in the greatest of all professions. Again, welcome to the CMU College of Medicine.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Ernie Yoder, M.D., Ph.D.

Founding Dean

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Our History – Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University opened its doors in 1892, as the College of Education and Business Institute.

 

In 1895, the Michigan State Board of Education assumed control of the school, renaming it Central Michigan Normal School.

 

On June 1, 1959, with 40 buildings standing on a 235-acre campus and an enrollment of 4,500 students, Central was renamed Central Michigan University, a designation that reengineered the growth in complexity of the school's academic offerings as well as its physical growth in the post-war period.

 

Even though so much has changed over the last two centuries, our values today do not stray from those inscribed upon our seal in 1892: Sapientia, Virtus, Amicitia – wisdom, virtue, and friendship.

 

Today, Central Michigan University is one of the nation's 100 largest public universities, with 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online. CMU encompasses more than 60 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including 18 centers and cites across the state of Michigan.

 

CMU offers 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels. This remarkable university contains nationally recognized programs in entrepreneurship, journalism, music, audiology, education, psychology and physician assistant. CMU's unique offerings also include the only meteorology major in Michigan and the only bachelor's degree concentration in microscopy in the nation.

 

With accomplished professors, opportunities for students to engage in applied research and world-class facilities, CMU is committed to providing students with a superior learning environment and global perspective to compete in an increasingly complex world.

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The College of Medicine

In September 2008, Central Michigan University's Board of Trustees authorized the President of Central Michigan University to proceed with the development of a college of medicine that leverages the university's resources in the life sciences to meet the state's future shortage of highly trained medical professionals. With an optimal mix of educated professionals, health care employment opportunities, and nationally recognized life science programs, CMU represented an ideal location for the addition of a new medical school in Michigan.

 

The state of Michigan is susceptible to the pending physician shortage. Across the state, a shortage of as many as 6,000 physicians is expected by 2020, according to a Michigan Department of Community Health survey in which up to 10,000 of the state's 41,785 licensed physicians said they may retire over the next 10 years. Currently there are too few physicians being trained to take their place. There is increasing concern that the communities of central and northern Michigan – including the state's Upper Peninsula – will be disproportionately affected. Although 20 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural communities, research shows that only 9 percent of physicians practice in these areas. In Michigan, the mostly rural central and northern regions of the state's Upper and Lower Peninsula's represent a population base of more than 2,000,000 residents. CMU's location as a gateway to central and northern Michigan, combined with a strong foundation of health sciences programs and facilities, offers an unrivaled opportunity to train doctors for practice in the state's most underserved region.

 

CMED's medical curriculum is designed to prepare students for practice in communities throughout central and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The curriculum incorporates the health issues and concerns most prevalent in this region as the foundation for student learning of the foundational (basic) and clinical sciences. Clinical skills training begins in the first year of the curriculum and includes training in understanding the patient's perspective in health care, in how to diagnose and care for patients in medical clinics, state-of-the-art simulations and broad technology integration throughout the learning process.

 

Additionally, students participate in community-based clinical rotations where they receive training in a setting similar to where they will eventually practice. During these clinical rotations, students are assigned to communities in rural settings where they work with community physicians to care for patients representing the spectrum of illnesses within that community. Moreover, the clinical rotations include a community involvement component wherein students spend time in community settings outside the hospital, participating in outreach with community physicians at meetings, community service opportunities and more. At CMU, we believe it is critical that students gain a broader, more holistic understanding of the unique needs and demands placed upon the lives and health of the individuals living and working in the communities in which they practice.

 

The school's community-engaged emphasis also serves to stimulate new research in important health-related issues that significantly impact residents of central and northern Michigan, such as stroke, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

The building for CMED was completed in late 2011 and is adjacent to the College of Health Professions. In March 2010, CMU announced the hiring of Dr. Ernest L. Yoder as the founding dean of the CMED.

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             Accreditation Status

All North American medical schools offering an M.D. degree program must receive accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), a joint body made up of equal representatives from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  Additionally, universities such as Central Michigan University (CMU) must receive accreditation.  In the case of CMU it is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Thus CMU is required by the HLC to obtain accreditation for the College of Medicine (CME).

 

In August of 2009, following CMU Board of Trustees approval, CMED became an Applicant School approved by the LCME.  At that point, CMED embarked on the process of creating the two documents required for LCME accreditation: the LCME Medical Education Database for Preliminary Accreditation and the Institutional Self-Study.  These were submitted in Summer 2011 and a Survey (Site) Visit by the LCME was approved for November 2011.  CMED obtained Provisional Accreditation in February 2012 enabling the inaugural class to enroll in August of 2013.

 

A site visit by the HLC will occur in the Fall of 2013.  An LCME Survey Visit for Provisional Accreditation will occur in November of 2014 and an LCME Site Visit for Full Accreditation will take place in 2016-2017.

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            Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Mission

The CMU College of Medicine will prepare physicians focused on improving access to high-quality health care in Michigan with an emphasis on rural and medically underserved regions. Our graduates will aspire to excellence in providing patient-centered and evidenced-based care to their patients and communities. We will engage physicians in leading health care transformation, lifelong learning, and team-based education.

 

Vision

We will facilitate the transformation of health care in mid- and northern Michigan through:

        Delivering innovative programs in medical education;

        Preparing our students to incorporate CMED values into their daily lives;

        Promoting inter-professionalism and team-based approaches in progressive health care;

        Creating team-based educational opportunities and programs;

        Creating an environment supportive of lifelong learning for our graduates, faculty, staff, and partners; and

        Supporting and serving community educational needs across the continuum of medical education.

 

Core Values

In all that we do we strive for integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence, and innovation.

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             Administrative and Academic Leadership

        Ernie Yoder, M.D., Ph.D., FACP
Founding Dean


        Joel H. Lanphear, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean of Educational Programs

        Linda Perkowski, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Medical Education

        Bob Satonik, M.D.,FACEP
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO

        Steve Vance, M.D., FACEP

Assistant Dean for Academic and Clinical Technology

        Sarah Yonder, M.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

        Edward McKee, Ph.D.

Chair of Foundational Sciences

        Clarissa Hunter

Director of Graduate Medical Education

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College of Medicine – West (Main) Campus

The College of Medicine's West Campus is located on the main campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It is housed in a new 60,000 square-foot building adjacent to the existing Health Professions Building. The building was designed to provide a variety of study spaces, lounge areas, and storage facilities for medical students. Over 8,000 square feet has been assigned for student support purposes.

 

College of Medicine – East Campus

The East Campus of the CMED will be located on both Covenant Healthcare and St. Mary's of Michigan sites. 

Combined, the hospitals draw patients from 15 surrounding counties that have a total regional population of almost 1 million people. With a combined bed capacity of nearly 1,000 (15% of which are critical care beds), both hospitals are Level II Trauma Centers.

The two hospitals joined forces in the early 1970's to develop and manage several graduate medical education residency programs and support undergraduate medical education in the region.  The cooperative arrangement, Synergy Medical Education Alliance (Synergy), was unique to its time and is today one of the longest running partnerships of its kind in the nation. CMED is now a partner in this venture, which has been renamed to CMU Medical Education Partners, and combines both graduate and undergraduate medical education. 

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