Terry Lerash was named executive director of Central Michigan University Medical Education Partners Tuesday.
Lerash has been the director of the Office of Innovation at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw since 2012, and he was president and chief executive officer of Synergy Medical Education Alliance in Saginaw when it entered a formal relationship with St. Mary’s of Michigan and Covenant HealthCare to create CMU Medical Education Partners. The nonprofit alliance works with the CMU College of Medicine to manage the Saginaw-based clinical practices and assist with educational opportunities for students and residents.
The CMU Medical Education Partners six-member board issued a statement after the meeting: “Terry Lerash has vast experience in medical education, and his strong relationship with physicians will serve well CMU’s efforts to have a first-class medical school with a top-notch medical residency program. His collaborative style will help us continue to move forward to bring new physicians to the Great Lakes Bay Region.”
Lerash, who also has experience with Covenant HealthCare, the Michigan Cardiovascular Institute and McLaren Hospital, has a master’s degree in administration from CMU. He started his role as CMU Medical Education Partners executive director immediately, and he called his first meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday with directors and managers.
The CMU College of Medicine is the nation’s 137th medical school, created to address an anticipated shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians in Michigan by 2020.
Students spend their first two years of study on CMU’s main campus in a state-of-the-art 60,000-square-foot facility. The third and fourth years will be spent in clinical training at a number of medical facilities across central and northern Michigan, including Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan.
A $25 million, 46,000-square-foot College of Medicine educational facility is under construction on the Covenant HealthCare campus in Saginaw. Construction will be complete by May 2015, in time for the inaugural students’ third year of study.
Planning is underway for a facility on the St. Mary’s of Michigan campus. Once approved, the building would be ready to serve students when a large portion of the second class of 104 students starts studying in Saginaw in 2016.