Central Michigan University Medical Education Partners, a partnership between the CMU College of Medicine, Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary's of Michigan, has successfully matched 10 students to complete their residency training in Saginaw.
The College of Medicine graduating seniors will train in the areas of family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry and internal medicine. Graduate medical education programs in Saginaw also include general surgery, OB-GYN and podiatry.
"We are ecstatic that the mission and vision of the CMU College of Medicine is being realized," said Dr. Samuel Shaheen, executive director of CMU Medical Education Partners. "This will serve to address the physician shortage that our area has faced."
New support funding this year for these residencies comes from the Jeffers Foundation and the region's four Rotary clubs.
The foundation is giving every CMU resident who matches into any Partners' specialty $10,000 for loan repayments to aid in retention and incentivize them to stay in the community, said Dr. George Kikano, dean of CMU's College of Medicine.
The Rotary clubs used matching dollars from the national Rotary to raise more than $200,000 for its "Thank You for Staying" fund to support students staying in Saginaw. The goal is to keep working to create a $1 million endowment for loan repayment scholarships, he said.