Central Michigan University is establishing a medical school to help address a growing national physician shortage, insufficient U.S. medical education opportunities for qualified students, an aging statewide population, medically underserved regions in mid- and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, the need for regionally relevant health-related research, and economic opportunities for mid-Michigan in the life sciences sector.
The program's emphasis will be to prepare students for practice in mid- and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula with particular attention to primary care needs in the region. The medical education program will serve to stimulate new research in health-related issues such as stroke, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that specifically impact residents of the region.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has granted CMU preliminary accreditation status. The LCME is the nation's accrediting agency for M.D.-granting medical schools. Accreditation standards require CMU to address five specific areas in the development phase: governance and administration, curriculum, medical students, faculty, and resources. Program Development
Building on the university's strong foundation of student-centered learning, the medical school will collaborate and partner with the existing six colleges within the university and other university programs and resources including the Park Library and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. CMU's nationally recognized programs include physician assistant, audiology, physical therapy, neuroscience, biology and biomedical sciences.
Student Enrollment: A Michigan Focus
The CMU College of Medicine plans to welcome its inaugural class of 60 students in 2013. Students will earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree after successful completion of the four-year curriculum.
Preference for admission will be given to Michigan residents who have a strong interest in practicing in mid- and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The medical school is developing partnerships with communities to promote the development of students who have an aptitude for medicine and a commitment to return to practice in the area in which they live. Applications will be reviewed by an Admissions Committee and will include a review of academic performance and service commitment.
CMU is developing an innovative medical school curriculum designed to prepare students to address the health needs of mid- and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Medical students will spend their first two years on the CMU campus in Mount Pleasant. Instruction will be provided in a state-of-the art addition to the Health Professions Building. This 60,000-square-foot facility includes a simulation suite, clinical skills lab, small-group rooms, and individual and group study space.
The medical school at CMU will follow a distributed clinical education model. Students will spend their third and fourth year in clinical sites in mid- and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. An affiliation agreement has been signed with Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant to provide clinical experience for students. MidMichigan Health in Midland, and Covenant Health Care, St. Mary's of Michigan and Synergy Medical in Saginaw are also working in partnership with the University in development of the College of Medicine. These institutions, along with other regional affiliates, will serve as sites for the clinical education of CMU medical students.
Accreditation standards require that the medical school have a diverse set of revenue sources. The revenue sources for CMU's medical school will include tuition, grants and contracts, clinical practice income, and gifts and endowment income. The university has committed funds for the startup of the medical school and a capital campaign for the medical school will provide funds for student scholarships and a portion of the cost of the facility addition.