Pipeline programs are investments in the future. They are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine and other health professions. ​The programs were created as part of the College of Medicine's mission to educate diverse students and train culturally competent physicians to provide comprehensive health care and services to underserved populations in Michigan and beyond. The Central Michigan University College of Medicine supports the belief that physicians of the future need to reflect the growing diversity of our surrounding communities and our country. Our pipeline programs were designed to increase diversity of the healthcare workforce by exposing interested students from rural and underprivileged backgrounds to various healthcare professions.

CampMed provides a hands-on educational summer experience for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or other health-related fields. This three-day, overnight event is scholarship-based and provided at no cost to the student. 

Throughout the week, students are exposed to the elements of medical school and college life. Staff and faculty will work with the attendees, engaging them in hands-on demonstrations and activities. Accepted applicants, with the assistance of current medical students, will participate in typical medical student activities. Offices across campus will provide important information, including admissions, financial aid, and student life. The participants experience college life by staying in the residence halls, eating in the residential restaurants and participating in organized nightly activities.

Camp highlights include:

  • Daytime and evening activities with our current medical students.
  • A variety of hands-on activities including a casting and suture clinic.
  • Participating in medical simulations and learning to take vital signs.


  • Must be a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior in August 2019.
  • Must be available to attend all required days of the camp: June 19-21, 2019.
  • Complete an application and submit a response to the required essay question.
  • Submission of a signed liability waiver.
  • Parent or legal guardian signature on all required forms.

Apply for CampMed 2019

CampMed fact sheet

Applications must be submitted by May 19, 2019, for consideration. Space is limited. Selected applications will be notified of their spot at CampMed by May 31.

Accepted students will receive required forms that must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the start of the camp. These forms, including waiver with parent or legal guardian signature, must be received by June 14, 2019.

Contact the CMU College of Medicine Office of Admissions
Phone: 989-774-7882
Email: cmedadmit@cmich.edu

The Health Careers Pipeline Program (HCPP) is a nine-week curriculum in the fall for 9th and 10 graders from three, local participating high schools. It is designed to recruit a diverse group of students interested in pursuing a health professions career. The program is designed to provide high school students with opportunities to not only learn how to improve their health and wellbeing, but also inspire them to believe in their own intellectual strengths and aspire to post-secondary educational pursuits in the health professions.

The three main goals of this program include:
  1. Mentorship
  2. Leadership
  3. Health and Wellness
A unique feature of the program is the “layering” of mentors. Under the guidance of CMU medical students and other undergraduate health professions student mentors, high school students will explore career options, engage in hands-on clinical simulation experiences, learn how to navigate the post-secondary environment to achieve their goals, and become more observant of their own health and wellness. 

The high school students will be mentored by baccalaureate level students in various health professions. The baccalaureate students will be mentored by medical students. The program is a strong collaboration between the Mid Central AHEC and two medical students who developed the nine-week curriculum and all the operational and organizational formats. Each session will feature an aspect of health care and well-being that supports student learning and engagement. Local health providers from the community will also bring their expertise to weekly presentations. Sessions will allow time for high school students to meet with their mentors and discuss their thoughts, reactions, and responses to the content of each session. 

The Mid Central AHEC hosts multiple pipeline tours and educational session throughout the year for various regional high school classes and middle school groups. These activities include a question and answer session with one of the faculty physicians on her personal journey through medical school, and a representative from the College of Health Professions discusses the various programs offered including the academic pathways to each program for the Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Health Sciences Administration, Physiology, Audiology, and Speech and Language Programs.

These programs are followed by facility tours of the College of Medicine and the College of Health Professions at CMU. Approximately 250-300 students participate in the AHEC pipeline programs each year and over 1,000 students from local and regional high schools have attended this program over the last three years. 

CMUMed Honors is an early assurance program for select undergraduate members of the Central Michigan University Honors program.

Twenty Central Michigan University Honors Scholar students will engage in CMU College of Medicine clinical, classroom and community events as part of a program tailored to prepare them for a medical school education. The program began in the spring of 2015.

CMUMed Honors students will be selected from the honors program as freshmen in their first semester at CMU. After experiencing the clinical, classroom and community events and working with a mentor from the medical school, up to five participants will be offered an early assurance of admission to the College of Medicine before the start of their senior year.

CMUMed Honors students must take the Medical College Admissions Test no later than May of their junior year to be considered for the five slots. All program participants must complete a College of Medicine application and participate in the College of Medicine multiple mini interviews.

Students not selected can still apply through the regular American Medical College Application Service process.

Applications for the early assurance program are available in the fall semester. CMUMed Honors will be an ongoing program, with 20 honors students joining each year.

Minimum Requirements for Application

  • Meet the CMU Honors Program requirements for grade-point average and ACT score.
  • Verification of U.S. or Canadian citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.
  • Completion of the College of Medicine Honors application.

Continuation Criteria

completion of:

  • CMU College of Medicine prerequisite courses
  • Maintenance of a 3.25 GPA
  • Participation in College of Medicine Honors seminars
  • Participation in community, volunteer and clinical activities consistent with the CMU College of Medicine mission
  • Submission or a score from the Medical College Admissions Test in the junior year
  • Application to the CMU College of Medicine no later than August 1 of senior year
  • Compliance with the CMU College of Medicine essential standards for matriculation, promotion and graduation as well as the College of Medicine's terms and conditions of acceptance
  • Criminal background check before matriculation to the College of Medicine

Please visit the CMU Honors Early Assurance website for a complete program overview.