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Improving communication among surgeons

Cheryl Anderson, director of quality improvement and surgical education in MSU's Department of Surgery, has found a better way for veteran surgeons to provide feedback to their aspiring surgeon counterparts during their residencies. 

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Andrea Wendling named Professional of the Year

Andrea Wendling, MD, director of rural health curriculum, was recognized by The Michigan Center for Rural Health with the Professional of the Year Award at its Michigan Rural Health Conference earlier this month.

Congratulations Dr. Wendling!

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Cyclists fight skin cancer at sixth annual MSU Gran Fondo

More than 1,600 participants will bike through scenic West Michigan on June 23 for the sixth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The timed, non-competitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research.

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Congratulations Spartan MDs!

Congratulations to our newest College of Human Medicine graduates! The college held its 2018 Commencement Ceremony on May 12.

Researchers improve health for children and seniors through better nutrition

MSU College of Human Medicine researchers Amy Saxe-Custack and Jean Kerver had two separate, but common, ideas that could improve the health of those they serve in their communities. Now, each have received a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to further their work.

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MSU medical students use spring break to care for patients

For many years, third- and fourth-year students in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine have used their spring break to go on medical mission trips all over the world. This year, dozens of first- and second-year students joined them on trips to Haiti and Cuba, as part of the new Shared Discovery Curriculum, which places students in clinical settings a few weeks into their first year.

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Imaging expert from Harvard to lead MSU's Precision Health initiative

Anna Moore has joined Michigan State University as the director of the Precision Health Program and assistant dean of the College of Human Medicine. Moore was previously professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

As director of MSU’s Precision Health Program, Moore’s vision is to lead health care away from simply treating symptoms to restoring health before symptoms occur.

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Flint Eats app addresses food desert

Rick Sadler, PhD, medical geographer, and others teamed up to build the Flint Eats app. The project is a part of a larger ongoing effort to address food access in Flint, and will also be useful for other food system efforts.

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Addressing a critical need for more rural physicians

Before enrolling in medical school at Michigan State University (MSU), Carter Anderson worked as a paramedic for six years. For the first time, he saw what health care is like in much of rural America.

Now in his fourth year in MSU’s Leadership in Rural Medicine Program, Anderson plans to practice medicine in Traverse City (population 15,500) and serve the wider surrounding rural areas of northern Michigan.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology climbs in rankings for NIH funding

Michigan State University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine has grown in prestige in the number of top researchers it has attracted, as well as garnering more federal grant funding.

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Practicing humanism in medicine

On Jan. 27, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine hosted its first conference on humanism in medicine.

More than 70 medical students from all over the state came to Grand Rapids to learn how they can do a better job of caring for their patients – and for themselves. The conference included a series of TED-style talks on innovation in medicine and how to become the kind of physicians who treat not only disease but the whole patient.

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Dr Mona: Don't downplay lead problems, or solutions, for kids in Flint water crisis

Flint’s blood lead levels are not the worst in history nor even the worst in the country.

But it is important to understand that the way children in Flint were exposed to lead — via drinking water and not the more-common lead exposure through paint, soil, air or dust — and the current screening procedures developed to test for exposure from those common sources were inadequate to document the extent of Flint's lead-poisoning problem. 

It's even more important to renew and refocus our efforts to ensure that kids in cities like Flint, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia aren't exposed to lead in the first place.

Read more of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's Op-Ed in the Detroit Free Press

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Match Day 2018 for MSU Medical Students

On March 16, after four years of study, lectures, clinical rotations, exams and sleepless nights, Caitlin McCarthy and 162 of her College of Human Medicine classmates learned which residency programs had accepted them, and where they would spend the next three to six years of their lives.

“It’s overwhelming,” she said. “This is what we’ve worked for, and now it comes down to this.” 

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View the Match Day Social Media Stream and see news clips for Match Day celebrations at various campuses: WZZM TV 13, NBC 25, WOOD TV 8

Why funding for graduate medical education should change

The way the federal government pays hospitals to train resident physicians hasn’t changed in decades. Now, a Michigan State University physician thinks it’s time to come up with new standards for reimbursing hospitals for their graduate medical education programs. Heather Laird-Fick, an associate professor of medicine in the College of Human Medicine, and her co-authors, published an article in the journal Academic Medicine proposing 17 performance-based metrics to determine how the government pays hospitals for their residency programs. 

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Child at Brain Awareness Week holding a brain

Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair

The College of Human Medicine's Translational Science and Molecular Medicine Department hosted it's annual Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair last Saturday. Hundreds of families came to the Grand Rapids Public Museum to learn about the marvels of the brain – from how it looks and feels and works – to how to keep it healthy – to why brain research is so important.

Match Day

It's almost here - the day our fourth year students have been waiting for! Match Day marks the beginning of their futures as residents and serves as a reflection of all their hard work! 

While fellow students, friends and family may be spread far and wide on Friday, we can celebrate together using the Match Day Social Media Stream. View online using any mobile device. Add messages or photos using #MSUMDMatch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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Study looks to help more new mothers with postpartum depression

Jennifer Johnson, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, has landed a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand a preventative program that can cut the postpartum depression rate among low-income women in half. 

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Study pinpoints areas in Flint that need better food

Rick Sadler, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine's Division of Public Health has pinpointed areas in Flint, Mich., that have unequal access to healthy, affordable food, and he plans to use the information to improve those areas most affected – low-income and minority neighborhoods.

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Thank you Sunny for brightening our lives.

Remembering Sunny Shah, MD, Class of 2016

Dean's Update

As a physician whose core value is caring, I feel it’s my obligation to the courageous survivors to draw upon my experience in university clinical practice management to ensure safe quality care for every patient and every student, every time.

To that end, I have accepted a new responsibility in addition to my dean role for the college, as associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs for Michigan State University.

I am committed to work tirelessly to increase the safety and quality practices of all health care across MSU’s health care services, including student health clinics, physical therapy and trainers for student-athletes, and all clinical activities for the Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine, and the MSU HealthTeam.

This effort will allow MSU to be the model for an accountable health culture and I am excited to help lead this transformation, elevating safety and accountability that is worthy of the trust and confidence of our students and patients at MSU and beyond.

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr.
Dean, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

MSU President Engler targets safety, quality and transparency with new health structure

On the shoulders of our ancestors

First-year College of Human Medicine student Osose Oboh reflects on Black History Month through this beautiful series of portraits.

On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors

Congratulations Carina!

College of Human Medicine student Carina Mendoza received MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives' Emerging Progress in Diversity Award. This honor is in recognition of her role as researcher, mentor and leader in the practice of diversity in the medical profession. 

Dear College of Human Medicine Community,

It is difficult to find words adequate to capture how saddened I am by the tragic events that occurred at our university. The survivor impact stories, so courageously shared, are beyond devastating. Horrific acts occurred to individuals who came to Michigan State University. They were vulnerable and in search of healing. We failed them.

We are disheartened. Ours is a profession defined by accountability and responsibility. Our core value is caring. Our students come to us knowing that they will graduate as physicians uniquely prepared to protect the dignity of those they serve and to heal those in greatest need. As individuals, we begin and end each day inspired to lessen the struggles of those in need.

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Early enrollment for Flint Register now open

Residents of Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the city’s water system can now pre-enroll for the Flint Registry, an effort to connect residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery.

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Can mice really mirror humans when it comes to cancer?

A new study by Eran Andrechek is helping to answer a pressing question among scientists of just how close mice are to people when it comes to researching cancer. The findings, now published in PLOS Genetics, reveal how mice can actually mimic human breast cancer tissue and its genes, even more so than previously thought, as well as other cancers including lung, oral and esophagus.

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MSU scientists open window into psychosis

A new study led by Michigan State University scientists aims to shed light on the underlying mechanisms of psychosis in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Public health experts share ideas for reshaping America's long-term health

Mona Hanna-Attisha, one of 14 public health experts interviewed by POLITICO, shared her thoughts for improving America's health. "Cut child poverty in half," said Hanna Attisha. "The more we learn about poverty and the developing brain, the more we realize how poverty — especially early, deep and persistent poverty — can distort the brain and dramatically alter a child’s entire life trajectory."
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MiBiz: Dean Beauchamp's 2018 Outlook

In late 2017, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine opened the $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center in the city’s downtown. As the medical school now looks to build a larger research base in Grand Rapids in 2018 and beyond, Dean Norman Beauchamp said the center opens opportunities for further partnerships with local care providers and companies not only in medical research but also with businesses that address the economic issues that affect health care.
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