College of

Dean's Updates

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

May 23, 2011

Dear College of Human Medicine Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni,

As the College of Human Medicine completes the first year of our full expansion, we undergo many changes.

Our premise is to build one strong College across six strong communities and health care systems serving more than 5 million people of the State of Michigan.

We offer the following facts to keep everyone informed about what is changing and what is NOT changing through our expansion.

  • The College of Human Medicine is headquartered in Grand Rapids, in the Secchia Center.
  • We admit 200 students per year – 100 in Grand Rapids and 100 in East Lansing. The first class of 200 entered in fall 2010.
  • Michigan State University employees for the College of Human Medicine:

Lansing Community                                                                                  
Faculty/Academic Staff                         267
Support Staff                                           186
Total Employees                                   453

Grand Rapids Community
Faculty/Academic Staff                          34
Support Staff                                           56
Total Employees                                    90

  • Faculty Not Employed by Michigan State University:

Lansing Community
Nonprefix                                              23
Prefix                                                  770
Total                                                   793

Grand Rapids Community
Nonprefix                                               69
Prefix                                                 1489
Total                                                  1558

  • MSU College of Human Medicine currently has more than 3,500 clinical faculty throughout our Michigan community campuses with more than 1,000 practicing in clinics and hospitals in the greater Grand Rapids area.
  • We have not relocated faculty from East Lansing to Grand Rapids, but we have added faculty and staff to East Lansing to work with our expanded class. In fact, over the past 5 years, MSU College of Human Medicine has created and filled more than 40 new faculty positions (PhDs and faculty physicians) for the East Lansing campus.  In that same time, we have also hired more than 25 additional faculty to fill vacancies created due to usual attrition (e.g., retirement). 
  • As a result of our expansion, all of our communities will receive more students. When the class that entered in Fall 2010 begins the fourth year, we expect to have approximately 350 students in Grand Rapids, 285 students in Lansing, 84 students in Flint, 35 students in Marquette, 23 students in Traverse City and 23 students in Midland.
  • The College is NOT closing clinics in East Lansing, we are not moving faculty out of East Lansing, and we are not moving physician practices from East Lansing to Grand Rapids. In fact, we are growing physician practices in Lansing and East Lansing, and working closely with our partners at Sparrow Health System and Ingham Regional Medical Center as we grow both programs and faculty.
  • As we recruit and appoint new faculty throughout our six campus system, we are diligent in following college and university by-laws regarding rank and type of appointment. All promotion and review criteria are described in these by-laws and apply to all decisions for all faculty.
  • The College of Human Medicine has expanded to add new divisions in Grand Rapids, some of which will grow into new departments through the process described in university policy and procedure. The divisions first established are Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology. These have been under review by university committees for the past two years and a decision about departmental status may be made in the coming academic year. In addition to these, we have divisions of Biomedical Imaging and Radiology, Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Dermatology. As we expand our research portfolio and take advantage of the support of the Grand Rapids physician community, we are establishing divisions and over time departments in specialties not previously available to students and faculty.
  • We are not asking any of our East Lansing-based chairs to relocate to Grand Rapids.
  • In December 2010, Central Michigan University became the university partner for the health systems in Saginaw. As a result, our student program and residency affiliations end in Saginaw, June 30, 2011. In approximately 2013, we anticipate that Western Michigan University will be the university partner for the health care systems in Kalamazoo and our student program and residency affiliations will end at that time. The number of students these new medical schools will place in these communities is close to their capacity and we will not continue required experiences for students in these communities. Elective rotations continue to be possible. The College of Human Medicine has built capacity in the rest of our communities to absorb the loss of approximately 60 clinical medical student placements in Saginaw and Kalamazoo. Our six campuses, as above, all desired more medical students from the College of Human medicine and we are excited about the new opportunities our students have in these communities.
  • We are engaged in an exciting primary care pilot program, The Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency Program (TIP) in four of our communities: Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City and Midland. The highly competitive process for selection has resulted in a strong program that addresses the pipeline issue for Family Medicine and primary care.
  • We are expanding our highly successful certificate program, Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved, to more students and, over time, we will expand to more campuses. As of July, 2011, the program will operate out of the Flint community. We are also engaged with the health systems of the Flint community in discussions about creating programs around a public and population health theme.
  • Significant philanthropic contributions from the Grand Rapids and the Midland communities are supporting key education and research programs. In addition, each community health care system is investing in quality education programs for our students and the residents of our affiliated and sponsored programs.

Should you have any questions or need further explanation, please feel free to contact me. 

Marsha D. Rappley MD

Dean, College of Human Medicine