College of

Dean's Update

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

April 9, 2012 

MSU and Sparrow Health Consolidate children's health care services

This afternoon, President Simon and Dennis Swan, president and CEO of Sparrow Health System, announce the consolidation of specialty services for children. This includes a call center, a care coordinator to help parents and physicians make appointments and referrals, and co-locating our clinics. We look forward to continuing to grow pediatric services for children in the greater Lansing region and in all of our communities.

How Committed is MSU to the greater Lansing area?

Sometimes perception and fact are at odds, and this is certainly the case when it comes to MSU and our college commitment to the greater Lansing area.

We are growing our presence in both Grand Rapids and Flint, and it may be that expanding our footprint across the state has obscured our growth in this part of the state. By 2013, in fact, we will have more students, more faculty, and more research in greater Lansing than ever before in the history of the College. This is the beauty of our statewide expansion, all boats are rising!

We have added 40 new faculty positions and filled 25 vacant positions in East Lansing over the past six years. Our federal research awards to Lansing-based faculty since 2006 are approximately $115 million. We have increased the amount of clinical service that we provide the people of greater Lansing by one-third since 2005. And we hope that the Michigan legislature will follow Governor Snyder's lead and give the go ahead for the bioengineering and science building near the MSU Clinical Center and Life Science building.

Please help to correct the misperceptions and misunderstandings that you hear in your work and family life across the greater Lansing area. We are jumping tiers as a medical school, and we are taking all of our communities with us. 

Selection to Chair the Council of Deans

You may have heard that I was recently selected as chair-elect of the Council of Deans, Association of American Medical Colleges. I begin this duty in November of this year. My focus now shifts from committee work within the COD to a broader focus across the organization.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for my experience of the past 25 years in our college to be brought to bear on shaping policy that will advance medical education and research. Thank you all for the support you have given and the talent and creativity that you pour into your work.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Dean, College of Human Medicine