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The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University: Expansion and Reinvention

Mavis, Brian PhD; Sousa, Aron MD; Osuch, Janet MD; Arvidson, Cindy PhD; Lipscomb, Wanda PhD; Brady, Judy PhD; Green, Wrenetta MS SpED; Rappley, Marsha D. MD

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318271f8c6
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The College of Human Medicine (CHM) at Michigan State University, which graduated its first class in 1972, was one of the first community-based medical schools in the country. It was established as a state-funded medical school with specific legislative directives to educate primary care physicians who would serve the needs of the state, particularly those of underserved areas. However, the model has proved challenging to sustain with the many changes to the health care system and the economic climate of Michigan. In 2006, a two-phase expansion plan was implemented, and in 2010, CHM permanently expanded the matriculating class from 106 to 200 students with the establishment of a second four-year site for medical education in Grand Rapids. This article describes what school leaders and faculty have learned as they look back at the opportunity provided by expansion as well as the growing pains and lessons learned. The community-based model met many of the mission-related goals for CHM’s graduates, who represent a diverse group of practitioners whose values resonate with the school’s mission. Expansion has offered an opportunity to explore new research and clinical opportunities as well as to more fully realize the potential of community partners to meet local health care needs and reinvent a robust future for community-integrated medical education.

Dr. Mavis is associate professor and director, Office of Medical Education Research and Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Sousa is senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Osuch is assistant dean for preclinical curriculum and professor of surgery and epidemiology, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Arvidson is director, Block I Preclinical Curriculum, and associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Lipscomb is associate dean for student affairs, diversity, and outreach, and associate professor of psychiatry, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Brady is director, Student Wellness and Counseling, and assistant professor of pediatrics and human development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Mrs. Green is director, Academic Support, and senior academic specialist, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Rappley is dean and professor of pediatrics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Mavis, Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 965 Fee Rd., Room A202, East Lansing, MI 48824; telephone: (517) 353-2037 ext. 222; e-mail: mavis@msu.edu.

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