College of

Dean's Updates

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

May 12, 2010


Today we announce that we add Midland, Michigan, and the surrounding region as a place for our students to receive their third- and fourth-year education. We are changing the structure of the campus in Saginaw, merging this with Midland and surrounding areas to create the Midland Regional Campus. Last year we were pleased to add a campus in Traverse City and that is going very well for students, faculty and the community. We also continue working to expand our capacity in existing campuses. 

For many years, the college has explored the possibility of a campus with MidMichigan Health in Midland. This past year, we were able to overcome the obstacles and create this opportunity to combine education and community service for more students and over a greater mid Michigan region.

The campus will be centered in Midland but will include rotations in Saginaw, Alma and surrounding communities. The drive from Midland west to Alma and east to Saginaw is about 30-40 minutes. The campus will likely have capacity for 24-30 students who will be assigned to the campus rather than to a particular community. Each community is likely to see each student more than once. We hope this allows both Midland and Saginaw to have more students rotate through their communities than either community could support on their own. 

We plan to continue the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) program. The LMU program has been financially supported by the hospitals in Saginaw and we hope to continue this very successful program. 

Rae Schnuth Ph.D., has done a wonderful job for the college as Community Assistant Dean for the Saginaw Campus. She created a campus of international scope and local vitality. Dr. Schnuth's leadership with the LMU program regularly attracts more than 30 applications from our class. As a part of the transition to the Midland Regional Campus, the role of Community Assistant Dean will move next year to Paula Klose MD, who is a College of Human Medicine alumna and a Family Medicine physician in Midland. Dr. Klose will support students regardless of where they train in the region and will spend time in Midland and Saginaw beginning in the 2011-12 Block III year. Dr. Schnuth will continue as Director of the LMU Program.


More than 1,000 family and friends helped us celebrate graduation of the 115 students of the Class of 2010. They are a remarkable group of young people and we proudly support them as they join residency programs across the state and country. Once again, we  rank above the 95th percentile among medical schools as 46 percent of our grads chose a career in primary care. Fifteen percent of the class will join residency programs in our communities.


We will begin gradually moving into the Secchia Center the second week in June. Our opening events will occur in the second week of September. When you are in Grand Rapids, enjoy the beautifully lit signs for MSU and the College of Human Medicine that can be read for more than a mile away from the Secchia Center.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Dean, College of Human Medicine