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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-06-09

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June 9, 2011

Transforming medical education—and health care—across Michigan

Despite growing uncertainty about what the future

practice in Michigan. "If you

will bring for health care in the United States,

want someone to practice in

Michigan State University is helping to transform the

a community, you need to

medical landscape in Michigan.

educate future physicians

With large, leading-edge medical education facilities


and community-based medical education for

According to Strampel, a

preparing tomorrow's physicians and nurses, MSU is

community's association with

making a difference for residents statewide.

a medical college brings

While the Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic

Medicine, and Nursing make a significant impact on

national and international health—from conducting

benefits beyond health


"People want to be associated

breast cancer studies to researching and treating

with a medical school," says

malaria in Africa to taking part in the groundbreaking

Strampel, noting MSU has a

National Children's Study—their commitment to the

medical presence in nearly

state of Michigan has never been stronger.

In recent years, the MSU College of Osteopathic

Medicine expanded its educational facilities and its

every county in Michigan.

"They view it as good for


class size by 100 students each year by partnering

Another highly visible

with Macomb Community College in Clinton

example of MSU's

Township and the Detroit Medical Center.

Partnerships with 31 community hospitals around

the state are vital to the college's teaching mission,

says William Strampel, dean of the College of

Osteopathic Medicine.

"Community-immersed medical education allows

New medical education facilities, including the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids, make it possible for
MSU to prepare more physicians and nurses to serve Michigan and the rest of the country.

commitment to Michigan is the expansion of the

work with patients in their communities and to

College of Human Medicine with the opening of the

provide the very best in patient care," says Marsha

Secchia Center in downtown Grand Rapids. The

$90 million, privately funded medical education

facility welcomed 100 first-year medical students and

the nation, and many of our graduates go on to work

in Michigan and work with underserved populations."

years of medical education in fall 2010. Adding even

more green to the region, the facility recently

anywhere in the state," says Strampel, adding that

received Leadership in Energy and Environmental

Design, or LEED, gold certification from the U.S.

Green Building Council.

Partnerships are key to the success of the college's

expansion. The college works with leaders in the

health care and nonprofit communities, including

Spectrum Health, Van Andel Institute, Saint Mary's

Health Care, Grand Valley State University, Grand

Action, and the Right Place Inc.

MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty, staff, and students
are making a difference in Southeast Michigan and beyond. Kyle
Martin, a medical and public health student in the college, recently
completed a cross-country bike trip to raise money for a clinic he
helped open in Haiti.

Rappley, dean of the College of Human Medicine.

"We work with some of the finest teaching hospitals in

another 150 students in their second through fourth

students in hospitals to see they can have a viable life

more than two-thirds of the college's living alumni

"It's very important for young physicians to learn to

Medical students from the college engage with

community members of all ages and backgrounds by

organizing community outreach efforts, such as

teaching anatomy to high school students and

offering educational events for residents, including

populations of refugees and migrant workers.

New opportunities are on the horizon as the College

of Nursing expands its footprint on the MSU campus

with the construction of the Bott Building for Nursing

Education and Research, which is made possible by

the contribution of $7 million by lead donors Timothy

Continuing the college's tradition of community-

and Bernadette Marquez. The 50,000-square-foot,

based medical education, third-year students from

$17.6 million facility is expected to reach completion

the Grand Rapids and East Lansing campuses are

in October 2012 and will house classrooms, a teaching

placed in medical campuses located in Grand Rapids,

and learning lab, and advising offices, as well as space

Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Midland, and

dedicated to nursing research and doctoral studies.

Traverse City.

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