Improving Health Through Medical Education and Training

CMU Medical Education Partners (CMU Partners) was developed as a separate corporation by Central Michigan University in partnership with Covenant HealthCare and Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital both of which are Teaching Hospitals. Together, our organizations comprise an Academic Medical Center and serve the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The College was established in 2009 to prepare diverse and culturally-competent physicians focused on improving access to high-quality health care in Michigan, with an emphasis on medically underserved populations. The College is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

CMU Partners manages six residency programs which are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), with Podiatric Medicine & Surgery accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME). CMU College of Medicine residency programs include Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery and Psychiatry.

In addition, CMU also provides an educational experiences for students and training for resident physicians in several areas, including infectious disease, endocrinology, and pediatrics and medical simulation services as well as Continuing Medical Education for physicians, nurses, and advanced care practitioners. The College’s continuing medical education is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The College’s institute for medical simulation is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Physicians employed by CMU Partners are CMU faculty members appointed through the College of Medicine. CMU faculty members work collaboratively and interactively to deliver an innovative curriculum on both campuses. More than a hundred physicians employed by regional health care systems, and in independent practices also work with students and residents as CMU volunteer faculty members.

CMU Partners has over 50 years of experience delivering medical education to students and residents and provides high-quality, evidence-based and patient-centered health care as the largest multi-specialty clinical practice in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

The College has two campuses in Mount Pleasant and Saginaw, Michigan – and three regional campuses across the state. The Mt. Pleasant campus is the primary location for the education of first- and second-year medical students, central administration and for the conduct of its research programs. The Saginaw campus (which includes CMU Partners) serve third- and fourth-year medical students, provide training of resident physicians in CMU Health clinics and 16 clinical sites and local Graduate Medical Education administration.

CMU College of Medicine's clinical enterprise – programs and sites – are referred to as CMU Health.


Samuel Shaheen, MD
Executive Director, CMU Medical Education Partners

Samuel ShaheenDr. Shaheen is the Executive Director of CMU Medical Education Partners and Professor of Surgery at the CMU College of Medicine Department of Surgery. He earned an MD degree in 1992 from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, and performed his surgical residency at Northwestern University in Illinois. He was board certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1998 and 2007, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Shaheen is a life-long resident of Saginaw County and is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities and improving health through medical education for the Great Lakes Bay Region and Michigan.

Mary Jo Wagner, MD
Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institution Official, CMU Medical Education Partners

Mary Jo WagnerDr. Wagner is the Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institutional Official (DIO) in our CMU Medical Education Partners’ Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. Dr. Wagner is known for her leadership in medical education and faculty development. She has served as a national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME) representative for Emergency Medicine for the Duty Hours conference, the initial EM Milestones Workgroup and now currently serves on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for EM. She is a nationally recognized speaker on GME topics. She is very active in emergency medicine including as the Past-President of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), honored with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Outstanding Contributions in Education Award and CORD Academy of Scholarship Distinguished Educator. She has been Editor of the emergency medicine written examination review textbooks, the ACEP “PEER” series, for the past 15 years, as well as co-editor of 3 other textbooks.

George E. Kikano, MD
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine
Central Michigan University
(Board Chairman)

Robert O. Davies, PhD
Central Michigan University

Edward Bruff
President & Chief Executive Officer
Covenant HealthCare

Michael Sullivan, MD
Vice President Performance Improvement & Chief Medical Officer
Covenant HealthCare
Stephanie Duggan, MD
Regional President, Ascension Northern Ministries
Ascension St. Mary's Ascension Standish and Ascension St. Joseph

Charles Husson, DO
Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Michigan