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Spotlight: 2015

Medical student joins Rose Bowl Parade

Portrait of Romina Kim

Fourth year MSU College of Human Medicine student Romina Kim will be riding on the Kaiser Permanente float in the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade. She is one of nine riding the float, "Helping Mother Nature Thrive," which celebrates the work and dedication of those building healthier communities. She is the recipient of the Oliver Goldsmith, MD Scholarship for the Promotion and Advancement of Culturally Responsive Care, chapter president of the Latino Medical student association and serves as volunteer coordinator at a free clinic.

Newly published study gives more evidence of elevated lead in Flint kids

Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha in her office discussing Flint water issue

The American Journal of Public Health has published research by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha that further details the rise in blood lead levels in children who drank Flint River water for as long as 17 months. Research was conducted by Hanna-Attisha; Jenny LaChance of Hurley Research Center; Richard Sadler of the MSU College of Human Medicine Divsion of Public Health; and Dr. Allison Champney Schnepp, pediatric resident at Hurley Children's Hospital and Michigan State University.

Holiday contest

A hard-to-read holiday message written by a doctor

Congratulations to Nicole Wright, Allegan General Hospital, the winner of our holiday message contest! 

The message says, "We hope your holiday season is full of wonder, family and good food. And your New Year is happy, healthy & bright." 52 people got it right! Thanks to everyone who participated.

Mary Free Bed YMCA opens

Mary Free Bed YMCA opens

Congratulations Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital on the opening of the Mary Free Bed YMCA – the first health and wellness facility in the world that is fully accessible and specifically designed to equally serve all individuals regardless of ability.

This amazing building allows people with disabilities to exercise and play side-by-side with their able-bodied friends and families.

Completely barrier-free, the new YMCA will also be a center for scientific research studying the benefits of wheelchair and adaptive sports, the effect of inclusion on people’s attitudes toward people with disabilities, and the next advances in inclusive or universal design. 

This effort will be led by Mary Free Bed’s new research and innovation center in partnership with MSU College of Human Medicine’s Division of Rehabilitation.

How exciting for our college and Mary Free Bed to come together to promote healthy living in an environment that provides access for all regardless of ability! 

Think you can transcribe this message?

A hard-to-read holiday message written by a doctor

If you guess correctly, you'll have a chance to win a set of four MSU College of Human Medicine MD Sparty pint glasses. Participants who submit the correct answer will be entered into a drawing. The winner will be chosen by 3 pm on Thursday, December 17.

Submit your answer now!

Fulbright scholarship winner to study in Honduras

Evan Milton, College of Human Medicine student

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded funding to nine MSU students, including fourth-year College of Human Medicine student Evan Milton. He will use his Fulbright scholarship in Honduras to study ways to improve the delivery of medical care there. 

READ MORE | Related: Grand Rapids Press

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Greetings

Student project reception

Medical student and staff viewing a piece of artwork

First-year students at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine met in East Lansing to display their creative sides. The midterm project is a college tradition and allows first-year students to reflect on the patient-physician relationship, expressed through various forms of art, including drawings, paintings, photography, poetry, music, food, sculptures and even performance.

Topping off ceremony

Topping off beam

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine celebrates a construction milestone on November 19, as the last construction beam will be hoisted during a "topping off" ceremony. 


2015 Clerical-Technical Recognition Award


Congratulations to Mindy Nienhouse, Office Assistant III with the College of Human Medicine, on receiving this year's Clerical-Technical Recognition Award! Every year a staff member who exemplifies a respect and concern for all members of the MSU community, diligence in daily work, public service and innovative thinking is chosen for this award. The award is sponsored by the Thomas and Concettina Gliozzo Endowment Fund. READ MORE

Support life-changing Alzheimer's research

Nick Kanaan talks about his research on Alzheimer's disease

"As a scientist, you think about how the hypothesis you're testing can ultimately make its way into the clinic to help people."

Nick Kanaan, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, talks about his research on Alzheimer's disease and dementia. 


Influencing change at the Capitol

Medical students at the Capitol

A group of medical students rallied in support of women's reproductive health rights at the state Capitol earlier this week. With the support of Dr. Matthew Allswede, program director of the Obstetrics, Gyencology and Reproductive Biology Residency, the group opposed of two bills promoting substandard care for women.

Honoring all who served

Veterans Day

To all our veterans, we thank you for your service.

MSU medical student earns scholarship for commitment

Medical student Kelly Ketchum earns scholarship for commitment

During her rotation in obstetrics and gynecology, third-year College of Human Medicine student Kelly Ketchum, assisted in the delivery of a baby Tuesday. Over the weekend, she helped deliver five more. Those six deliveries were not Ketchum's first. On a medical mission the previous summer, she assisted in many deliveries in Uganda, where the facilities were less advanced than in the United States and the outcomes often less joyous. READ MORE

Dr. Olomu receives "The Peter Reizenstein Best Paper 2014 Award"

Dr. Olomu receives award for Best Paper in International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Congratulations to Ade Olomu, MD, MS, for receiving the Peter Reizenstein Award for the best paper published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. She was honored at a conference in Doha, Qatar, for her paper "Is Quality Improvement Sustainable? Findings of the American College of Cardiology’s Guidelines Applied in Practice."

Spartan MD celebrates Navy commission

When Shawn Slayton, MD, graduated in May, he was unable to participate in the military commission ceremony. Recently, Dr. Slayton got the chance to celebrate his Navy commission along with his newborn son, Salinger. He is now at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego completing his psychiatry residency program. 

Thank you for your service, Dr. Slayton!

Medical Student Lobby Day

Medical students standing in front of the Michigan State Capitol on Lobby Day

MSU College of Human Medicine students met with state legislators and toured the Capitol on Tuesday, October 27 during Michigan State Medical Society's Medical Student Lobby Day. 

Shown are first and second-year medical students Kyle Hildebrandt, Maseray Kamara, Paige Goote, Dustin Collins, Chris Palazzo, Farheen Osman and Eric Weiler.

Medical Student Research Scholarship Presentations

Medical student Rohit Abraham presenting his research project

Today, second-year medical student Rohit Abraham and other students shared research projects supported through scholarships. READ MORE

Flint doctor makes state tell truth about lead in water

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

"Hanna-Attisha served as the canary in the coal mine in this latest public health crisis — the doctor who spotted a problem and wouldn’t let it go until others paid attention..."

Read the Detroit Free Press feature on Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (CHM' 02)

ALSO READ: "Help is on the way for lead-exposed Flint Kids"

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Gold Humanism Inductees

Congratulations to the 2016 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Gold Humanism Honor Society inductees. 

Student inductees: Huda Afaneh, Andrea Bedway, Allison Cook, Lacey Croskey, Ryan Enck, Sophia Harvey, Bernadene Jayasundera, Romina Kim, Joanne Loethen, Kirollos Malek, Christopher Meadows, Joseph Meleca, Ahmed Abdullahi Mohamed, Lance Nelson, Christopher Omerza, Daniel Oram, Christopher Reece, Amanda Rutishauser, Rama Salhi, James Sawyer, Taryn Scibienski, Pranav Shah, Elizabeth Spurgeon, Jessica Thompson, Tom Valikodath, Sushant Wagley, Thomas Wenzlick, Chloe Williams, Mung Ting Yung, Giuseppe Zambito, Hui Zhang. 

Faculty inductees: Frances Chames, MD, and Prabhat Pokhrel, MD, MS, PhD, FAAFP.

Who will fight for safe water for Flint kids? SPARTANS WILL.

Dr. Hanna Attisha

On October 8, Governor Rick Snyder announced Flint will reconnect to the Detroit water system and no longer draw water from the Flint River. The announcement follows research by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (CHM '02), assistant professor with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and director of Hurley Medical Center's Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Hanna-Attisha's research shows the percentage of Flint infants and children with above average lead levels has nearly doubled since the city switched to using the Flint River as its water source.

Congratulations to Spartan MD Mona Hanna-Attisha, who continued the fight for safe water for Flint children until policy changed. Your college is proud of you!

College of Human Medicine expands Rural Community Health Program


Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced the expansion of its Rural Community Health Program in mid-Michigan and the Thumb area. The intent of the program is to prepare future physicians with the skills to practice within evolving community-based rural health networks. READ MORE

Competitors on the field, partners in curing cancer

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is proud to be part of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. Together, Big Ten cancer centers support the work of 2,600 cancer researchers, care for more than 50,000 new cancer patients each year, and enroll 20,000 patient volunteers on cancer clinical trials.

Two common medicines found to fight deadly childhood cancer

Andre Bachmann, PhD

A combination of two medicines long used for treating other illnesses can stop the growth of a deadly childhood cancer, according to a recent study by a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher who has a history of finding new uses for old drugs. READ MORE

Study aims to reduce suicides after jail time

Jennifer Johnson, PhD

A Michigan State University public health researcher is embarking on a first-of-a-kind study that will look to reduce suicides among recently released jail detainees. Jennifer Johnson, PhD, Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at MSU College of Human Medicine, has landed a $6.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Justice to keep those who serve jail time from taking their own lives. Currently, it’s estimated that 10 percent of all suicides involve legal issues such as an arrest or jailing and half of all those who commit suicide aren’t in treatment.


AAMC President Darrell Kirch visits MSU

Darrell Kirch

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO, visited the Secchia Center and held a town hall meeting via videoconference to the college's statewide community campuses. In his talk, Dr. Kirch said that science in the next few decades will need to address health disparities and that MSU College of Human Medicine's support of underserved populations is a strength that provides the college with a strategic opportunity for this coming shift in medicine.

Who will kick off new ways to fight Parkinson's? Spartans Will.

Steece Collier

Our very own Parkinson's disease researcher Kathy Steece-Collier, PhD, is featured outside Spartan Stadium.

Committed to serving others

Afternoon of Community Service

As part of orientation week, all first-year medical students perform an Afternoon of Community Service, their introduction to a requireed 40 hours of volunteering to help organizations locally and globally over the next four years.

By the time the Class of 2015 graduated earlier this year, the 193 new doctors had volunteered 15,440 hours at 68 nonprofit organizations, including homeless shelters, food banks, schools and medical clinics in Michigan, as well as in 15 foreign countries.


White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony

Interim Dean Sousa

MSU College of Human Medicine Interim Dean Aron Sousa, MD, welcomed 189 new medical students to MSU, each receiving their white coat as the symbolic start of the journey into the medical profession.


New MSU students begin medical school with community service

Afternoon of Community Service

First-year medical students Amy Beauchamp, Jeremiah Reenders and Alexis Meelker clean up some of the outside storage at the Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Grand Rapids. The Class of 2019 started medical school by participating in the college's annual Afternoon of Community Service on August 26 at locations in Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Helping dogs (and humans) heal


Doctors in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Human Medicine teamed up to perform an uncommon cleft palate surgery on a dog, using a technique that will benefit both humans and man’s best friend.


Sousa recommended as interim dean of MSU College of Human Medicine

Aron Sousa, MD

Aron Sousa, MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, will be recommended as interim dean of the medical college, succeeding Dean Marsha Rappley, who has served in the position since 2006.


Photo: Jenny Stevenson Photography

Bay College pre-med students eligible for Early Assurance Program

Bay College

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its Upper Peninsula higher education partners have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical education by which Bay College students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University or Northern Michigan University will have the opportunity to be granted an enhanced opportunity for admission to MSU College of Human Medicine.


Northwestern Michigan College pre-med students eligible for Early Assurance Program

President Simon

Michigan State University (MSU), MSU College of Human Medicine and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical education by which NMC students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Michigan State University will have the opportunity to be granted an enhanced opportunity for admission to MSU College of Human Medicine.


Student View: Evan Milton - Enduring Connections

Evan Milton

Evan Milton is a fourth-year medical student and Fulbright Scholarship winner who will return to Honduras this fall to study public health and improvements to medical care.


MSU College of Human Medicine adds new Southeast Michigan campus

SE Michigan

Michigan State University and Providence-Providence Park Hospital have announced an agreement to establish a new medical school campus in Southeast Michigan. The new partnership creates the College of Human Medicine's seventh statewide community campus – and the first in Southeast Michigan.Michigan State University and Providence-Providence Park Hospital have announced an agreement to establish a new medical school campus in Southeast Michigan. The new partnership creates the College of Human Medicine's seventh statewide community campus – and the first in Southeast Michigan. READ MORE

Spartans traveling the world

Hui Zhang in Sweden

Fourth-year medical student Hui Zhang and his wife Kristen traveled to Sweden for the World Championships in June. Hui brought the MSU College of Human Medicine flag along to help celebrate Kristen's triathlon.

Research Center Construction = Economic Impact

GRRC Construction Impact

The construction phase of the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center will increase employment by 728 jobs, provide $55 million in wages and provide $95.6 million in economic impact according to a study by the Anderson Economic Group. ABOVE: MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon (center) visits the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center construction site with co-construction managers, Sam Clark, president of Clark Construction Company (left) and Mike VanGessel, CEO of Rockford Construction (right).


MSU Gran Fondo draws record crowd

Gran Fondo

More than 1,800 cyclists rode through scenic West Michigan on Saturday, June 27, in the third annual MSU Gran Fondo. Italian for “Big Ride,” the event drew participants of all ages and skill levels from 19 states – some as far as Colorado, Florida and Ontario, Canada. This year, participants have already raised more than $150,000 for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer research. Donations will be accepted until July 11

Who do you Fondo for?


This Saturday, June 27, we rode to find skin cancer's finish line. The MSU Gran Fondo in downtown Grand Rapids is a non-competitive cycling event supporting MSU College of Human Medicine's skin cancer research.

Grand Rapids Research Center

MSU Grand Rapids Research Center

MSU broke ground on the Grand Rapids Research Center on Thursday, June 18


MSU head coaches get 'coached' in medicine

Coach Izzo in Simulated OR

Last week, Michigan State University head coaches gathered around a patient – a computerized manikin that breathes, has a pulse, reacts to treatment and, in some cases, dies – to learn what it means to be members of a different kind of team – one that comes together on a moment’s notice to work efficiently on a critical, often life-saving task. Each year, the university’s athletic coaches have held team-building exercises. But this time, they found themselves at Secchia Center experiencing a team situation through the eyes of medical students and physicians. READ MORE | VIEW PHOTOS

Medical students raise $12,000 for Flint schools


MSU College of Human Medicine students in Flint held the Flintstone Challenge Race on May. The 5K raised $12,000 for Flint Community Schools. READ MORE

Gran Fondo Races to Finish Off Skin Cancer

Gran Fondo

Join the ride on June 27, 2015!

Congratulations Class of 2015!

Commencement 2015

We're so proud of you!

It runs in the family

Spartan MD Family

Fourth-year medical student Matt Steibel (left) strikes a pose with his father, Kenneth Steibel, MD (CHM '87), and his brother-in-law Dane Brown (middle), a first-year medical student. Quite the family of Spartan MDs!

Project Medical Education

Project Medical Education

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker performs an ultrasound on a simulated patient during Project Medical Education. Schuitmaker and other policymakers were in Grand Rapids for the two-day program where they got a first-hand look at what it takes to become a doctor, the complex medical education system and how it's funded.

Case receives community impact award

Case Alison

Fourth-year medical student Alison Case received the Outstanding Community Impact Award from Michigan Campus Compact. The award recognizes her leadership and commitment to service and global health. She chose Eve's Place as the beneficiary of the award donation in support to end domestic violence. In addition, Case was awarded an American Medical Student Association Education and Advocacy Fellowship for the upcoming academic year and inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Paruchuri receives public health award

Paruchuri Yasaswi

Fourth-year medical student Yasaswi Paruchuri received the 2015 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Services Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The award recognizes her commitment to public health and the underserved through her service and research to improve the health of women and children. Paruchuri will graduate this weekend and begin her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in July. Paruchuri was recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Medical students organize 5K to help Flint schools

Flintstone Challenge 5K

More than 100 runners lined up for the third annual Flintstone Challenge 5K in Flint on Sunday morning. But the run is more than just a morning jog, the money raised ends up going directly into classrooms in Flint Community Schools. Four year residency students at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine organized the race and donate all of the proceeds to the Flint Classroom Project Fund. More on ABC 12 and NBC 25

Parkinson's Research

Astronaut Rich Clifford

Retired Astronaut Lt. Col. Richard Clifford visited MSU College of Human Medicine researchers on April 29 to learn more about Parkinson's research. The Ford Museum will show a documentary about Clifford's life as an Astronaut with Parkinson's disease. "The Astronaut's Secret" begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. LEARN MORE

TIP Student Spotlight: Jan Liu

Fourth-year medical student Jan Liu shares how the TIP program prepared him for his family medicine residency. READ MORE

Teaching medical students to cook

Cooking class

MSU College of Human Medicine and MSU Extension pilot culinary medicine class. READ MORE

LMU student shares experience in Uganda

During January and February, fourth year medical students of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) Certificate Program based at the MSU College of Human Medicine's Flint campus participated in international rotations in Uganda and Costa Rica. Medical student Quoc Le shared this video of their experience in Uganda.

TIP Student Spotlight: Stephanie Rutterbush

Stephanie Rutterbush is a fourth-year medical student doing a rural family medicine rotation in Houghton. She was interested in family medicine early on in medical school. READ MORE

This is our story

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Finding a perfect match

Match Day

On March 20, fourth-year medical students across MSU College of Human Medicine's six campuses are celebrating Match Day. Next to graduation, its the biggest day in the life of a medical student where they are “matched” with a hospital or clinic to continue their medical training or residency.

Photos from the Match Day celebration

News coverage

Faculty Spotlight: Madeline Lewis, DO

Madeline Lewis, DO, is an associate professor of Family Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As a faculty member, her primary responsibility is leading the Lansing Family Medicine Clerkship. READ MORE

Scientists give families a look inside the brain

Brain Awareness Week

People of all ages are invited to the Grand Rapids Public Museum March 12-14 to meet scientists and learn about the marvels of the brain - from how it looks, feels and works - to how to keep it health - to why brain research is so important.


West Michigan companies launch MSU Gran Fondo Corporate Challenge

PH Gran Fondo

A friendly rivalry is brewing between Priority HealthHuntington National Bank and Herman Miller. Friday morning, the companies’ executives announced a corporate challenge to rally employee participation in this year’s MSU Gran Fondo. Companies will compete for largest team, most fundraising and Sparty team spirit. Stay tuned. It’s going to be quite a ride to the finish line! LEARN MORE

Encouraging family health and wellness


First year medical students Annie Dinh and Emmanuella Joseph raffled off prizes at Gerald R. Ford Elementary School earlier this month. The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) volunteered at the first annual "Family Health Fair" to help educate families about the benefits of exercise, especially during the winter months. LEARN MORE

Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved students in Uganda

LMU Uganda

Irene Nunuk educating Ugandan children on nutrition. READ MORE ABOUT LMU'S INTERNATIONAL ROTATION

Board of Trustees approves construction of Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center

Biomedical Research Center

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the administration to expand the university's research capabilities in Grand Rapids by constructing a biomedical research facility on the site of the former Grand Rapids Press building. READ MORE

Learning clinical skills

Patient Education

First-year medical student Kendra-Marie Garcia explains gastroesophageal reflux disease to standardized patient Julianne Howe-Bouwens in a patient education exercise.

TIP Program now accepting applications

The CHM Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency (TIP) Program is now accepting applications. This is a transitional fourth year medical school experience that continues into residency. Scholarship applications are due in March. MORE INFORMATION

Call for research proposals 

The MSU Pearl Aldrich Endowment Committee is seeking research proposals dealing with: aging, geriatrics or gerontology. There are two award categories: Graduate Student and Faculty. Applications due May 8. Detailed instructions, award selection criteria, applicant eligibility rules, proposal submission guidelines: Pearl J. Aldrich Endowment Faculty and Research Awards website.

The Grad Factor: Rachel Holtzman

GradFactor Holtzman

MSU's "The Grad Factor," a series highlighting Spartan trailblazers helping the university stay at the forefront of discovery, recently featured College of Human Medicine student Rachel Holtzman. Holtzman is part of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program where she works with researchers in the Spartners for Heart Health lab. Holtzman brings to the medical profession a passion for working with people and providing access to health care.


Donations needed for LMU international rotations in Costa Rica and Uganda 


The 12th  annual international rotation for fourth year medical students of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) Certificate Program based at the MSU College of Human Medicine's Flint campus is fast approaching. Seventeen LMU students will be traveling to the underserved areas of Costa Rica and Uganda to learn about and experience international health care for a structured 8 weeks in January-February 2015. They are seeking supplies and/or monetary donations (for care of patients/communities) to support their endeavors.