College of

Dean's Update

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD



As many of you know, Walt Esselman, Ph.D., is stepping down from his role as Chair, effective August 16, 2012, after 10 years of exemplary service in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. Please join us in thanking Dr. Esselman for his stewardship of the Department and the many contributions he made as a leader among his fellow chairs. We are pleased that Dr. Esselman will begin working with the College of Human Medicine as the Associate Dean for Research as he steps down from his role as chair. Under Dr. Esselman’s guidance, the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics recruited 20 new faculty members in a range of disciplines and across a number of colleges.  Dr. Esselman has a successful track record in funded research and publication in the areas of immunology and, most recently, in diabetic retinopathy.  He is currently a co-investigator or PI on three NIH grants and a co-investigator on one NIH center grant.  He is known for fostering cross-college research synergies, collaborative projects and for pursuing foundation and federal support for global health projects. Dr. Esselman will work closely with Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Community Engagement, as they have successfully done for the last several years.  We look forward to continuing our growth trajectory in research and deeply appreciate the experience and skill that Dr. Esselman brings to this work.



Congratulations to editors Chad Klochko, MS4, and David Ortiz, MS4, and the many students who made possible the Medical Student Research Journal. MSRJ is the only academic journal in the U.S. that is authored, reviewed and published by medical students for medical students. It is proudly sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and is dedicated to promoting the scientific achievements of medical students and providing an invaluable peer review, publishing and leadership experience. The MSRJ editorial board, currently comprised of CHM students from all classes, has developed a sustainable infrastructure as well as the capacity to process and publish a large volume of submissions while producing a truly professional, high-quality journal. The second issue was recently released and features the artwork of CHM student, Diana Salinas, on the cover. It is available online and is also cataloged in the MSU library. Medical students worldwide, who are in good standing, are eligible to submit manuscripts of original research, case studies, reviews and reflections that meet required standards and advance science. These students are also able to become a reviewer for the MSRJ. The board has great goals in mind for the future including indexing with PubMed Central and expanding MSRJ’s reach to more medical schools all over the world. This is, and will continue to be, a journal that the CHM community can be proud of for years to come. For more information, you can visit the MSRJ at and




Last Saturday, May 11, the Class of 2013 officially received their Doctorate of Medicine and joined the ranks of the finest physicians of the world! More than 1000 people joined us to send off our graduates and to support them as they take on the amazing opportunities that await. Our Commencement Speaker, Claire Pomeroy, M.D., Dean and Vice Chancellor at University of California, Davis, gave a moving and compelling address. We hope to have this available on our website soon. Please watch for the next edition of MD Magazine to see where our 142 graduates begin their careers across the state and nation. Thank you to all the staff, faculty and fellow students who made this graduation possible. Thanks for pouring your heart and soul into the education of our next generation of CHM graduates. And grads, please stay in touch. We love to hear from you!



Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Dean, College of Human Medicine

The Virtuous Professional:

A System of Professional Development for Students, Residents and Faculty

Thank you for your dedication to the education of young physicians who will bring strong scientific knowledge to bear on problems in a humane and compassionate manner. We deeply appreciate the time and energy that you put into the education of our students and residents. We hope that this is a gratifying experience for you.


The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits the medical schools of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, requires that an MD school include professionalism in the curriculum leading to the degree. We understand this to mean, that in addition to creating and delivering a strong academic curriculum, we also must also recognize the need to establish an educational environment that encourages all of us to strive for excellence, to continuously deepen our character, and to aspire to be virtuous professionals. The students receive instruction related to the six professional responsibilities throughout their CHM medical education. In the past year, a group of faculty have examined the values that underlie these responsibilities. They have identified three core virtues for the professionalism curriculum and expanded the expectations to include residents and faculty who have appointments in the College of Human Medicine. Our goal is to create a learning and practice environment in which all feel respected and have opportunities for personal and professional growth.


The three core “CHM” virtues, the six professional responsibilities, and the process of professional growth are listed below. We want to take this opportunity to make you aware of the Virtuous Professional document that is now being used throughout the student curriculum. It will soon be part of the evaluation of all learners and teachers in our system. We hope that you will take a few minutes to review and familiarize yourself with the CHM virtues and professional responsibilities at:


Three CHM Virtues

  1. Courage
  2. Humility
  3. Mercy


 Six Professional Responsibilities

  1. Competence
  2. Honesty
  3. Compassion
  4. Respect for Others
  5. Professional Responsibility
  6. Social Responsibility


Process of Professional Growth

  1. Dialogue
  2. Reflection
  3. Practice


Again, I want to thank you for your commitment to the teaching, research and service missions of the College. If you have any questions or concerns about our professionalism curriculum and assessment, please feel free to contact my office or William C. Wadland, M.D., M.S., Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development at 517-432-8722 or



Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Dean, College of Human Medicine