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The students beneath the white coats

Fourth class brings CMU's College of Medicine to capacity

Contact: Heather Smith

​​As the inaugural class of 64 Central Michigan University College of Medicine students embark on their final year of studies, 104 fresh faces bring the relatively new college to capacity.

The fourth class was drawn from an applicant pool of 4,854 the highest number yet. The new students arrived on campus Monday, Aug. 1, and spent the first week in orientation. The week concluded with them receiving their white coats and reciting the Hippocratic Oath they wrote at a ceremony Friday afternoon.

Overall, 80 of the 104 admitted students or 77 percent are from Michigan. Twenty-four of those are from northern and central portions of the state. Of the 376 students in the college, 83 percent are Michigan natives.

"It's an exciting milestone for the College of Medicine that for the first time we have a full complement of students amongst all four classes," said Dr. George Kikano, dean of the CMU College of Medicine. "Similar to last year, we were fortunate to enroll 15 percent of underrepresented minorities in this class as well as two National Health Service Corps scholars. We are looking forward to another successful year."

Chris Austin, director of admissions for the college, said graduates of 48 other colleges and universities are represented in the incoming class, with the top five being Michigan universities.

Students in CMU's College of Medicine spend their first two years of study on CMU's main campus in Mount Pleasant. Third- and fourth-year medical students and residents complete six- month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships at multiple sites throughout the state and hospital clerkships and electives primarily at Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw and other CMU-affiliated hospitals. The training in Saginaw is anchored at a state-of-the-art $25 million, 46,000-square-foot College of Medicine educational facility.

The CMU College of Medicine — established in 2009 — has a mission to improve access to high-quality health care in Michigan emphasizing rural and medically underserved regions and to address an anticipated shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians in Michigan by 2020.​

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