Just as members of the inaugural class of the Central Michigan University College of Medicine begin clinical rotations around the state, the third class will continue a trend of drawing students from northern and central regions of Michigan, Director of Admissions Chris Austin said.
The incoming class of 104 students arrives on campus Monday, Aug. 3, for a week of orientation that will conclude with a white coat ceremony attended by students' families and friends. Eighteen members of the class are from northern and central portions of the Lower Peninsula, and four are from the Upper Peninsula. Overall, 80 of the 104 are from Michigan.
Of the 272 students in the first three classes, 85 percent are from Michigan, reflecting the mission of the College of Medicine to provide quality physicians for underserved areas in the state and the Midwest. Underrepresented minority students make up 15 percent of the third class, according to Austin.
"The incoming students are diverse, academically strong and, as we learned in the interview process, devoted to the community and quick to volunteer in local organizations," Dean George Kikano said. "We are eager to welcome them and challenge them to be lifelong learners and caring physicians."
Austin said the incoming class, drawn from 4,603 applicants, includes seven Central Michigan University graduates. Twenty-six are from the University of Michigan, and 20 are Michigan State University graduates. Austin noted numbers will not be final until the students arrive in August, but he does not expect significant changes.
College of Medicine students spend their first two years of study on CMU's main campus in a state-of-the-art 60,000-square-foot-facility. A $25 million, 46,000-square-foot College of Medicine educational facility was recently completed in Saginaw to educate third- and fourth-year medical students and residents.
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 24-week community clerkships in primary care at one of 12 sites around the state. The other half will perform hospital-based clinical rotations at affiliated hospitals, including Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw and St. John Providence in Detroit.
The CMU College of Medicine was established in 2009 to address an anticipated shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians in Michigan by 2020.
"Our inaugural class is on track to graduate in 2016, the same year we reach our full capacity of 416 medical students," Kikano said. "It is an exciting time to be part of the College of Medicine."