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Open forums scheduled for CMU College of Medicine dean finalists

Finalists will answer questions at forums at CMU and in Saginaw

Contact: Curt Smith


The four finalists to be the next dean of Central Michigan University's College of Medicine will visit campus in January for a series of interviews and open forums beginning Monday.

With campuses in Mount Pleasant and Saginaw, each candidate will be available to faculty, staff and students for one hour at CMU and at Covenant HealthCare to answer questions and discuss their vision for running a medical school.

All Saginaw forums will be held in the Covenant Anderson Lecture Theatre at Covenant HealthCare, 700 Cooper Ave. The finalists and their open forum dates include:

  • Dr. Klea Bertakis, founding director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the University of California at Davis, will be at CMU Jan. 12 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Health Professions Building Room 2255 and in Saginaw Jan. 13 from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Dr. James Herman, chair of Family and Community Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine, will be at CMU Jan. 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building Room 2255 and in Saginaw Jan. 15 from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Dr. George Kikano, founding director of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will be at CMU Jan. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 1404, the main auditorium in the College of Medicine Building, and in Saginaw Jan. 20 from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Dr. Michael Iannuzzi, chair of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, will be at CMU Jan. 21 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Health Professions Building Room 2255 and in Saginaw Jan. 22 from 7 to 8 a.m.

Ian Davison, dean of the College of Science and Technology, led the 19-member search committee that narrowed the field after a national search. Each finalist also will meet with community leaders at invitation-only events in Midland and Saginaw.

Ernie Yoder, the founding dean of the College of Medicine, announced his resignation in June after four years with CMU. Linda Perkowski, who joined the College of Medicine in 2011, is serving as interim dean.

The CMU College of Medicine is the nation's 137th medical school, with a mission to improve access to high-quality health care in Michigan emphasizing rural and medically underserved regions.


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