Through a new cooperative agreement,
Grand Valley State University pre-medical students will have an opportunity of early assurance of admission to the Central Michigan University College of Medicine through the Early Assurance Program.
"We are very excited about this new partnership," said CMU College of Medicine Dean Dr. George E. Kikano. "It will provide an enhanced opportunity for GVSU's pre-medical students who demonstrate a desire to practice medicine in Michigan, and it expands upon our existing interprofessional education relationship with GVSU."
The agreement — signed by CMU President George E. Ross and GVSU President Thomas Haas Oct. 19 in a formal ceremony that took place on CMU's campus — will enhance opportunities for GVSU pre-med students to navigate more easily through the highly competitive CMU College of Medicine admissions process by:
- Waiving supplemental application fees.
- Processing endorsed students on an earlier admissions timeline.
- Facilitating engagement opportunities between GVSU premed students and existing CMU College of Medicine students.
- Reserving up to five positions for endorsed GVSU students to be admitted.
This is the same agreement the College of Medicine has in place with CMU, Albion College and Saginaw Valley State University, providing pre-med students at these institutions the same opportunity to compete for admission.
"This partnership increases the footprint of the College of Medicine, with GVSU's multiple locations throughout the state, and is just one more way we will be achieving our mission to produce physicians with a passion for serving the people of Michigan who need them most," Kikano said. "We identify our admitted students based largely on their expressed desire to focus on rural and underserved populations, which is core to our mission."
Students will be required to meet the College of Medicine's academic standards to participate in the EAP, which is designed as a three-year pilot.
Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for health at GVSU, said this agreement serves as an example of public higher education institutions collaborating to meet the needs of the state of Michigan and its residents.
Added benefits of the program, Nagelkerk said, are that admitted students do not have to submit multiple applications to medical schools and are notified of their acceptance before their senior year at GVSU. "This affords students an opportunity to concentrate on broadening their knowledge base and skill set while engaging in high-impact learning experiences during their senior year," she said.
The CMU College of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class of students in 2013, which graduated in May 2017 and matched 100 percent for residency placements. The college admits 104 new medical students per year and now has a full complement of students among all four years of study, with approximately 80 percent of students coming from the state of Michigan.