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CMU College of Medicine signs agreement with St. John Hospital & Medical Center

Affiliation key for medical students’ third- and fourth-year curriculum

Contact: Curt Smith

​​Twelve third-year Central Michigan University College of Medicine students will conduct clinical rotations and community clerkships at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit in the 2015-16 school year.

A three-year agreement was signed Wednesday morning at St. John.

“St. John is well-versed in preparing medical students to succeed,” CMU Provost Michael Gealt said. “This ensures we have full capacity for our clinical rotation spots, a key component of medical education, as we prepare our students well to serve the state of Michigan and beyond.”

Incoming Dean Dr. George Kikano, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joel Lanphear and Director for Years 3 through 4 Dr. Bob Satonik represented CMU at the signing. S JH&MC President David Brooks, Director of Medical Education Dr. Steven E. Minnick and CMO Dr. Kevin Grady, represented the hospital.

St. John Hospital & Medical Center is a 772-bed teaching hospital and has a medical staff of 1,300.

“St. John Hospital & Medical Center is very pleased to welcome CMU medical students to our clinical campus,” Dr. Minnick said. “We look forward to our partnership with CMU and supporting their important mission to train future physicians who will provide high-quality health care to Michigan’s underserved areas.”

The inaugural class of 64 College of Medicine students started in August 2013 and will begin third-year studies July 6. Half of the class will start with 24-week community clerkships with internal and family medicine doctors at one of 12 sites around the state, including St. John Hospital and Medical Center. The other half will perform four-week, hospital-based clinical rotations in surgery, hospital medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, psychology and one elective. After the holiday break, community clerkship students will move to clinical rotations, and clinical rotation students will begin clerkships.

“Ninety percent of the students in our first two classes are from the state of Michigan,” Kikano said. “Our faculty and staff have seen the students’ constant dedication to our mission to provide quality physicians in underserved areas in the classroom, the lab and in what types of volunteer work they choose.”

The CMU College of Medicine is the nation’s 137th medical school, created to address an anticipated shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians in Michigan by 2020. Ninety percent of the 168 students in the first two classes are from the state of Michigan, and the third class of 104 — which attracted 4,603 applicants — will begin studies in August.

St. John Hospital & Medical Center is a member of St. John Providence, one of the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan. SJP provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties.

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