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February 2018

Nearly 160 Grand Rapids elementary students attended Reach Out to Youth. College of Human Medicine students led interactive stations and activities to inspire kids ages 7-11 to pursue careers in medicine. View photos

November 2017

Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series Lecture, November 29, speaker is Mark Reimers, PhD, of the neuroscience program. "Prospects, Promises, and Perils of Human Mind-Reading"

No Easy Answers in Bioethics podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher.

The Department of Medicine Office for Research is hosting a Research Forum series highlighting recent research projects to connect the department with research collaboration and new ideas. Mark your calendar for the first Wednesdays at Noon: Dec 6, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2.

The Michigan State University Cystic Fibrosis Center hosted its annual Cystic Fibrosis Family Day in October, bringing together health care workers, patients and families for an inspiring talk from longtime CF patient and lung transplant recipient Jessica Muir and her husband Scott. In thanks and recognition to the Muirs, the MSU Cystic Fibrosis Center donated $1,500 to the Donate Life Family Fun Run, a charity race held to benefit organ donors and transplant recipients.

On September 29, the College of Human Medicine MD/PhD Program held its annual Welcome Reception, which introduced the newest MD/PhD students to faculty and administrators who support the program and recognize the support of Spectrum Health, who provides funding via Spectrum Fellowships. The MD/PhD program combines medical (MD) and graduate (PhD) training with the goal of educating and training the next generation of leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine. MSU College of Human Medicine and College of Human Medicine-Van Andel Institute Graduate School (MSU-VAIGS) MD/PhD Programs together have 17 students currently enrolled.

The Family Medicine Residency Network, including nine member programs, held its Annual Retreat September 15, themed “Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Practice.” Keynote speaker Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the state of Michigan, provided an overview of social determinants of health and current efforts underway through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. in addition, Dr. Jamila Taylor, faculty from the St. John Providence Family Medicine Residency Program, spoke about adapting their electronic health records to capture data on patients’ social determinants to be used to improve care and better match patients to needed services.

October 2017

During the Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series on October 11, Christopher H. Contag, PhD, discusses "Crossing the Biology to Pathobiology Threshold: Distinguishing Precision Health from Precision Medicine."

The Center for Ethics in the Life Sciences and Humanities has launched a new podcast series, "No Easy Answers in Bioethics." Each month Center for Ethics faculty and collaborators discuss their ongoing work and research across many areas of bioethics—clinical ethics, evidence-based medicine, health policy, medical education, neuroethics, shared decision-making, and more.

The Office of Advancement announces the establishment of the Mall Family Endowed Professorship in Genetic-Based Autism Research. This endowed professorship will be administered through the dean's office and the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development.

Tune in to the MSURx Livestream on October 20. The nationally recognized program is a thought-provoking and inspirational series of short talks meant to inspire both personally and professionally.

September 2017

Good news! The following students have successfully defending their Theses: Theresa A. LansdellSophia Kaska and CoIsola Brown. Congratulations to all! 

Please join us for the Department of Medicine's open house for the new Specialty Clinic (Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease and Occupational Medicine) Thursday, September 21, 3 pm - 6 pm. Teaching faculty and staff will host clinic tours with light refreshments. There will also be free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Clinic is located at 4650 South Hagadorn, Suite 1, East Lansing.

Check out the new MSU Grand Rapids Research Center and join us for 'Tailgate and Tours' Friday, September 22, 11 am - 2 pm. The event is open to all students, faculty, staff, friends, family and the community. College partners and supporters will have booths outside, including Priority Health, SpartanNash and MSU Federal Credit Union. Eat at State Food Truck onsite. The college's ArtPrize exhibits will also be on display. RSVP

Jack O'Donnell, MD, director of preclinical curriculum and Block II director, and Janet Osuch, MD, assistant dean for preclinical curriculum, have retired. Check the next issue of MD Magazine for more about their contributions and accomplishments. We thank them for their many years of service!

With heavy hearts, we share the news of several College of Human Medicine faculty who have passed away. John (Jack or JIJ) Johnson, radiology professor, died Sept. 8. Johnson joined the faculty in 1965. Wrenetta Green, director of academic support died August 19. Green joined the staff in 1994. Robert Brictson, professor emeritus, died August 15. Brictson joined the faculty in 1974 and retired in 1981. Details in the next issue of MD Magazine.

August 2017

Naveen Kakumanu, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, reports findings of a large survey study on the prevalence of hypoglycemia among patients with diabetes during fasting for routine blood testing. Kakumanu, Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, and colleagues found that almost a quarter of these patients reported an episode of “fasting-evoked en-route hypoglycemia in diabetes” or FEEHD. Kakumanu describes an effort to allow U.S. patients with diabetes to avoid fasting for routine blood work.   WATCH VIDEO

July 2017

The College of Human Medicine is pleased to announce that C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden, PhD., has been appointed interim director of the MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health, beginning July 1. In addition to her new role, Dr. Furr-Holden will continue in her current position as director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and co-director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center. READ MORE

Clare Luz, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, has received a 2017 Archie Green Fellowship, awarded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Dr. Luz’s project “Personal Home Care Aides in Michigan,” will involve conducting in-depth interviews with 30 personal care aides who provide in-home care to older adults, digitally capturing these workers’ stories and images, which will be added to the national Library’s archives for research purposes.

September 20 is the date of the ribbon-cutting event for the new MSU Grand Rapids Research Center. GRRC Website

June 2017

William Short, MD, community assistant dean for the MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus, is retiring after more than 30 years in medical education. Stuart Johnson, DO, Marquette MSU Family Medicine Residency Program Director, will assume the CAD role for the Upper Peninsula Region Campus.READ MORE 

Graduating soon with his doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology, Joe Zagorski, PhD Candidate in the Institute of Integrative Toxicology, discusses "CRISPR: the bacterial immune system that revolutionized genomic research" and how it impacted his research. READ MORE 

Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, will present the Dr. Andrew W. Saxe Visiting Professor Lecture, Thursday, June 29, 8 am - 10:30 am in the Sparrow Auditorium. Dr. Libutti's topic is "Preventing the Extinction of the Surgeon Scientist," and learning objectives are: 1. Discuss how to be successful in an academic practice; 2. Identify the importance of translational science; and 3. Recognize the importance of asking questions. This is a CME credit event.  Event Facebook

May 2017

Two teams of Traverse City Rural Community Health Program students will be presenting research at both the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the National Rural Health Association conferences in San Diego. Both studies were conducted in the students' rural educational communities. Projects and student teams are: "Perceived barriers to higher education and medical education in rural Michigan," by Hope Bauer and Carter Anderson; and "Factors influencing post-partum smoking relapse in a rural population," by Joy Burrell and Haleigh Edgar.

A recent recruitment trip across the country was a success for the Office of Admissions. Several admissions staff members hit the pavement across a few west coast campuses for the office's first official Southern California Road Trip! With California residents consistently making up the second-most amount of applicants to the College of Human Medicine from year to year, the admissions team felt it necessary to visit several schools and health fairs in the area (LA, SD, Santa Monica, Claremont) from April 17-22. Along with several recruitment events, the office held an evening meet and greet for area alumni and currently accepted applicants.

April 2017

Traverse City Campus students, Hope Bauer and Marcus Cervantes visited local elementary schools in Alpena to help teach children about winter safety. According to WBKB TV 11, "Michigan winters are not for the faint of heart. Which is why a few special guests came to local schools yesterday to teach kids about winter safety. Assemblies were held at Wilson School, as well as Immanual Lutheran. The combined effort, put on by Michigan State University and MidMichigan, educated students on important topics like knowing when it’s safe to walk on ice, and the importance of dressing for the weather. The cold weather and large bodies of water surrounding northeast Michigan are both huge reasons why schools felt kids needed this lesson today."

Congratulations to scholarship winners Rohit Abraham and Sarah Robbins! Rohit, a Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Certificate Program member, was selected for the Zuckerman Fellowship to attend the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for an MPH in Health Policy. The full-tuition fellowship offers government-specific training to create future leaders in public service. Sarah received the ‘Students to Service Scholarship’ from the National Health Service Corps. The $120,000 award will go towards loan repayment in exchange for a commitment to work in an underserved community for three years. “I plan to go in to Family Medicine and have always wanted to work in a rural, underserved community,” said Sarah. She was a participant in the college’s Rural Physician Program said ‘this experience has been excellent preparation for this endeavor.’  MSU TODAY STORY

The Flint campus students will present the 5th Annual Flintstone Challenge on Sunday, April 30! This 5K race/walk is held in the heart of Flint and all proceeds benefit the Flint Community Schools Classroom Support Fund, enriching the educational environment for Flint's youth. You can participate by running or walking -- or sponsoring a runner or donating to the Classroom Support Fund. MORE INFORMATION

The 4th Annual Little Stone's Challenge will be held Saturday, April 29, at MSU Flint, from 10am - 2pm. This free safety fair is for children ages 4-12 and is a day full of educational games and activites designed to teach families about adopting healthy lifestyles through exercise, good eating habits and keeping safe.

The Michigan Health Policy Forum, "Health Policy: A Review of the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration will be held Monday, May 1, at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township. Keynote speaker: Dr. Gail Wilensky, senior fellow at Project HOPE and former health policy administrator under President George H. W. Bush. Dr. Wilensky will provide an overview of policy changes emanating from Washington and will be followed by Michigan experts who will examine the impact of these policies on Michigan. TPersons who wish to be notified of future Forum events can go to the Michigan Health Policy Forum website and register for future electronic notifications.