CMU College of Medicine provides medical education for students on two campuses located in Mount Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan. Our dual campus model spans the Great Lakes Bay region providing a unique perspective to students and creating opportunities to connect and collaborate with a regional view and state-wide perspective.
First and second year students learn foundational sciences, participate in research and develop essential clinical skills on our Mount Pleasant campus. Our students form life-long bonds with their fellow medical students, connect to the University and its diverse culture, and work on volunteer projects to improve lives and build our community.
The majority of third and fourth year students transition to our Saginaw campus to complete hospital-based clinical clerkships and electives. These students gain clinical experience working within two regional teaching hospitals as they continue their medical education. The College of Medicine's Saginaw campus also provides exposure to advanced medical simulation, an experienced faculty, and seven ACGME accredited residency programs.
Primary Partner Hospital
Covenant HealthCare is CMU College of Medicine's primary clinical partner for the education and training of medical students.
Covenant HealthCare is the largest, most comprehensive health care provider in the Great Lakes Bay Region, serving 20 counties across northeast and central Michigan. With 4800 employees and a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the Saginaw-based health system offers a broad spectrum of programs and services including high-risk obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, acute care including a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, robotic surgery and more. Covenant also serves as a critical access hospital for more than five community hospitals across the region.
Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital is part of Ascension, who has been serving Michigan for over 140 years. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In Michigan, Ascension operates 15 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 20,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided over $272 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2018.
For more than 80 years we’ve been a healthcare focal point in Saginaw and surrounding communities. HealthSource Saginaw has changed and transformed to meet the needs of those we serve – from tuberculosis patients in the 1930s…to those seeking long-term care or recovery from surgery, debilitating illness or injury, chemical dependency, or mental health issues today. We are a rehabilitation/recovery hospital. There is no one like us in the region offering the scope of services from short-term care to a lifetime of care.
The educational experience provided by CMU College of Medicine is further enhanced through additional regional campus affiliations with several Michigan-based hospitals and health care systems. As educational affiliates of the College – these organizations provide our students' exposure to additional patients and educators and communities that our graduates will ultimately aspire to serve.
Ascension St. John Hospital is known for excellence in cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, women’s services, pediatrics, and medical education. Ascension St. John Hospital is a Level One Trauma Center, one of the busiest in the nation, and has both a Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Center accreditation. We offer excellence in cancer treatment and prevention at the Van Elslander Cancer Center. Our wide array of pediatric specialists work in our large inpatient pediatric unit, PICU, and Level III NICU or Level II Special Care Nursery. We were named a Blue Distinction Center in both cardiovascular and orthopedic care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.
Steve Minnick, MD
Clinical Assistant Dean
MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 7,400 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided more than $144 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2018.
John Blamoun, MD
Clinical Assistant Dean
Spectrum Health Lakeland is a health system nationally recognized for delivering exemplary patient experiences and clinical outcomes. Our team of over 4,000 diverse and highly trained professionals works together to provide excellent medical services at locations throughout southwest Michigan. More than 450 primary and specialty care physicians and other licensed providers from all over the world practice medicine at Lakeland Health—Berrien County’s largest employer. With a rich history that dates back to the 1800s, Lakeland is a not-for-profit, community-owned health system that today includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, a regional cancer center, rehabilitation centers, two long-term care residences, home care and hospice services, and 41 affiliate physician practice locations.
Matt Hysell, MD
Clinical Assistant Dean
Community-based Clerkship Locations
Our student’s third year experience includes a 24-week Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC). The CCC experience immerses students in a longitudinal primary care experience where they experience health care within a community. Our unique program provides students increased time to gain the skills and confidence to become part of a community-based practice. More than 300 volunteer faculty physicians from across the state receive students for CCC experiences in their practice and local community.