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Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 24, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had made abortion legal, if not universally accessible, in the U.S. The new ruling makes the legality of abortion an issue of state law, and for Michigan revives a 1931 law that prohibits abortion.

A Targeted and Personalized Approach to Fighting Cancer

A Targeted and Personalized Approach to Fighting Cancer

June 22, 2022 - MSUToday

Q&A with biomedical engineer Kurt Zinn.

Ask The Expert: MSU Doctor Answers Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine for Children

Ask The Expert: MSU Doctor Answers Questions About The COVID-19 Vaccine for Children

June 21, 2022 - MSUToday

Rebecca Schein, MD, answers questions about the new FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5.

Nicoletti's Dx:Q Educates Others on Queer Health Topics

Nicoletti's Dx:Q Educates Others on Queer Health Topics

June 13, 2022

Fourth-year medical student Nick Nicoletti recently founded Dx:Q, an organization to increase LGBTQ visibility and understanding among patients, health care providers, and medical educators.

May College News Headlines

May College News Headlines

May 31, 2022

Read more news headlines and updates from the college this month.

Bioethics Faculty Address Structural Racism in Health Care Settings

Bioethics Faculty Address Structural Racism in Health Care Settings

May 31, 2022

Jennifer McCurdy was a task force member of a recent report calling on the field of bioethics to take the lead in addressing the structural racism that causes inequality in health care. The report, “A Critical Moment in Bioethics: Reckoning with Anti-Black Racism Through Intergenerational Dialogue,” is a collection of essays produced by The Hastings Center.

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Celebrating the Class of 2022

May 31, 2022

Congratulations to our newest class of Spartan MDs! Watch highlights from our Commencement Ceremony, see photos from our graduates and check out some fun facts about the Class of 2022 in our graduation recap.

Artificial Intelligence Biased Against People with Mental Illness

Artificial Intelligence Biased Against People with Mental Illness

May 30, 2022

The increasing use of a technology called emotion artificial intelligence could lead to discrimination against people with mental illnesses, particularly in employment, a report led by Scott Monteith, MD, warns.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 27, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

The epidemic of gun violence in this country is a public health and medical crisis, and we need to think about it in those terms, if we are going to make a safer, freer, and more healthy country.

Wendling named Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Wendling named Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

May 27, 2022

Andrea Wendling, MD, a longtime professor of family medicine, has been named the College of Human Medicine’s interim senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Schafer Awarded Scholarship Recognizing Contributions of Graduate Students with Disabilities

Schafer Awarded Scholarship Recognizing Contributions of Graduate Students with Disabilities

May 27, 2022

College of Human Medicine student Christa Schafer is the 2022 Robert L. Decker & Benjamin Muns Friendship Memorial Scholarship recipient, meant to recognize contributions of graduate students with disabilities.

Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Drug Use, Suicide and Homicide Increase

Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Drug Use, Suicide and Homicide Increase

May 26, 2022

Drug use, suicide, and homicide accounted for more than one-fifth of all pregnancy-associated deaths in the United States during a recent 10-year period, Michigan State University researchers found.

Research Funding

Research Funding

May 25, 2022

The latest grants and research funding awarded to College of Human Medicine faculty.

Published Research

Published Research

May 24, 2022

The latest published research from College of Human Medicine faculty.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 20, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

It would be easy to see current events as beyond our scope and a distraction from caring for patients, educating the health-related workforce, making discoveries, and doing scholarship. But I think we need to be of our world. We are a college where people work, study, and are treated, and we need to have a culture of being engaged in the world.

Words of Wellness: Passing the Torch

Words of Wellness: Passing the Torch

May 19, 2022 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Many of you are already aware of the fact that my role at the college has changed. I retired, and then much like Tom Brady, have already partially come out of retirement. I am passing the torch while still available for faculty & staff support.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 13, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Summer feels like it has come to Michigan, but no one seems to have told our main respiratory virus that this is not its season. For those of you keeping track, COVID-19 is on the rise in our communities.

PET Scanner Arrives at Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Center

PET Scanner Arrives at Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Center

May 9, 2022

Michigan's first total body PET/CT scanner has arrived at the Michigan State University Radiopharmacy in the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 6, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Welcome to graduation season, the best season of the academic year! This weekend, the university celebrates the graduation of undergraduates and graduate students. Our MPH, MA, and MS students had a chance to walk this morning, and the PhD students walk in the afternoon. It is always a wonderful day.

Kenechukwu Isi: It's Medicine or Bust

Kenechukwu Isi: It's Medicine or Bust

May 5, 2022

Kene Isi’s path to becoming a physician might have been set the moment he was born. He wasn’t breathing and doctors and nurses struggled for nine minutes to save him before he took his first breath. A doctor who cared for him while he was critically ill with malaria inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.

Karrar Aljiboori: Cool, Calm and Collected

Karrar Aljiboori: Cool, Calm and Collected

May 4, 2022

Just surviving was a daily struggle in Baghdad, Iraq, where Karrar Aljiboori was raised. The idea that he could graduate from medical school, become a doctor with an eye toward becoming a neurosurgeon might seem beyond reach. But the extreme hardship didn't discouraging him, it strengthened his resolve.

In Memoriam: Roy Gerard, MD

In Memoriam: Roy Gerard, MD

May 2, 2022

Roy J. Gerard, MD, founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine, died April 17.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 29, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Those of you tracking the MSU 2030 strategic plan will know that EVP Beauchamp is the executive sponsor for the Sustainable Health pillar of the MSU plan. Our college will be deeply interested in the implementation of all pillars of the plan, but Sustainable Health is pretty obviously in our wheelhouse.

April College News Headlines

April College News Headlines

April 29, 2022

Read more news headlines and updates from the college this month.

Dr. Lipscomb Receives Equity Champion Award

Dr. Lipscomb Receives Equity Champion Award

April 29, 2022

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) presented Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, with an Equity Champion Award in recognition of her many contributions to diversifying the medical professions and promoting equal health care for all.

Samuel Surgalski: Military and Medicine

Samuel Surgalski: Military and Medicine

April 29, 2022

Samuel Surgalski always knew he was going to join the Navy. His mother's career as a nurse inspired him to combine the military with medicine. Upon graduation, he will be commissioned as a lieutenant and begin his anesthesiology residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

A Dose of Inspiration

A Dose of Inspiration

April 29, 2022

Several experiences led Alyssa Abdelnour and Pedro Castellanos, both entering their third year in the College of Human Medicine, to develop a program introducing underserved middle school students to careers in health care.

Allison Hoppe: Finding Purpose in Medicine

Allison Hoppe: Finding Purpose in Medicine

April 28, 2022

After two heartbreaking events, Allison Hoppe struggled to find meaning in her life. But after traveling abroad, she found purpose in medicine.

"Say His Name! Patrick!"

"Say His Name! Patrick!"

April 28, 2022

On April 15, 2022, College of Human Medicine students organized the White Coats for Black Lives: Justice for Patrick Lyoya march to stand by their friends and colleagues and to advocate for a more just and equitable future for all.

Sunny Panh: An Advocate for the Community

Sunny Panh: An Advocate for the Community

April 27, 2022

Through the traumas his family experienced in Cambodia, Sunny Panh sees his role as more than just a doctor. He serves as a community organizer and social justice advocate to help heal his community.

Axucillia Moyo: It Takes a Village to Raise a Doctor

Axucillia Moyo: It Takes a Village to Raise a Doctor

April 27, 2022

Growing up in Zimbabwe, Axucillia Moyo saw first-hand the inequality in health care and the positive impact a little compassion can have. She sees becoming a doctor as an achievement for her whole family.

Chinchilla Receives Excellence in Public Health Award

Chinchilla Receives Excellence in Public Health Award

April 27, 2022

Jennifer Chinchilla has been presented a 2022 Excellence in Public Health Award by the United States Public Health Service. The award recognizes medical students who advance public health and who exemplify the health service’s mission to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation.

Joshua Cole: From Computer Programmer to Doctor

Joshua Cole: From Computer Programmer to Doctor

April 26, 2022

Joshua Cole was struck by the homelessness, the poverty, and the inequity he saw around him living in San Francisco. After years working as a computer programmer, he went to medical school so he could make a bigger difference in helping others.

Research Engagement:  Recruiting Pregnant Women of Color

Research Engagement: Recruiting Pregnant Women of Color

April 26, 2022

When it comes to medical studies, researchers often face a challenge: recruiting enough people of color to make their findings valid across different ethnic groups. Sarah Vaughan, PhD, recently identified several strategies for engaging more African American women in research.

Kendall Stevens: There's No Backup Plan

Kendall Stevens: There's No Backup Plan

April 25, 2022

Kendall Stevens concedes she never had a backup plan. As long as she can remember, she wanted to be a doctor. Now, as she is about to graduate and begin a three-year emergency medicine residency, she can say she chose the right profession, even without a plan B.

Winners of the Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest

Winners of the Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest

April 25, 2022

Three student essays were chosen for the 2022 Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest. Momin Samad won first prize for his essay “Efficient Humanity.” Second prize was awarded to Eliza Burr for the essay “In the In-Between, Finding the Humanity in Medicine” and third place to Daniel Brown for his essay “Vertigo.”

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 22, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Last week, about 75 College of Human Medicine students participated in the student led ‘White Coats for Black Lives’ march in Grand Rapids. They and a group of faculty walked from the Secchia Center to the Rosa Parks Circle statue in response to the shooting death of Patrick Lyoya.

Sousa Appointed Dean of the College of Human Medicine

Sousa Appointed Dean of the College of Human Medicine

April 22, 2022

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Aron Sousa, MD, FACP, to serve as dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine.

Achtyes Named Physician of the Year

Achtyes Named Physician of the Year

April 19, 2022

Eric Achtyes, director of the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, was named 2022 physician of the year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Michigan Chapter.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 14, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Events like the death of Mr. Lyoya can affect us no matter where they happen, but this killing happened in one of our communities. It matters because we will care for the people around him, and because we live and work here. It is our community, and we have a responsibility to make our part of society more just, less racist, more peaceful, more loving. Better.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 8, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

I have had a classic pre-COVID-19 deanly week complete with in-person meetings, four campuses, some dreary weather, and a celebration or two.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 1, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Late last week, I had the pleasure of signing my letter of offer for the deanship at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. By now, you all know how special I think the college is.

Highlights from Match Day

Highlights from Match Day

March 31, 2022

Congratulations to our fourth-year students on a successful Match! This year, 97.6% of students received residency placements through all pathways, with 45.2% remaining in Michigan for their residencies. See the highlights from this year's Match.

March College News Headlines

March College News Headlines

March 31, 2022

Read more news headlines and updates from the college this month.

Words of Wellness: Transitions

Words of Wellness: Transitions

March 31, 2022 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

You will notice that this March edition of the Culture of Caring newsletter is arriving at the last minute. Why? Because the topic has flip flopped as the month has passed. It ranged from goodbye to anticipation, and now, to the concept of transparency, goodbye and anticipation all rolled into one newsletter.

Art and Medicine: An Open Heart Heals

Art and Medicine: An Open Heart Heals

March 30, 2022

Third-year student Pallavi Prabhu has been practicing and performing the classical Indian dance form called Bharatanatyam since she was 5 years old. She talks about the impact this artform had on her personal life and medical training.

Tech Tool Tracks Nutrition in High-Risk Pregnant Women

Tech Tool Tracks Nutrition in High-Risk Pregnant Women

March 30, 2022

What a pregnant woman eats can affect not only her health, but the long-term health of her child. That is why a new study led by Jean Kerver, PhD, aims to help high-risk pregnant women make healthier choices, including eating more fruits and vegetables.

Eileen Hug Named Community Assistant Dean of New Detroit Campus

Eileen Hug Named Community Assistant Dean of New Detroit Campus

March 30, 2022

After 25 years of caring for patients while teaching students, Eileen Hug, DO, has been appointed community assistant dean for the College of Human Medicine’s Detroit campus based at Henry Ford Hospital. Later this summer, 20 third-year students will begin their clinical rotations at Henry Ford.

In Memoriam: Steven Almany, MD

In Memoriam: Steven Almany, MD

March 29, 2022

Steven Almany, MD (CHM ’84), of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., passed away peacefully on March 17, 2022, after a prolonged illness.

Reproductive Health Researchers Among World’s Elite

Reproductive Health Researchers Among World’s Elite

March 28, 2022

Michigan State University is emerging as a leading institution in reproductive health research as indicated by the number of its faculty members who are ranked among the world’s top fertility experts.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 25, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Late last week, I had the pleasure of signing my letter of offer for the deanship at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. By now, you all know how special I think the college is.

Aron Sousa Recommended as Dean of College of Human Medicine

Aron Sousa Recommended as Dean of College of Human Medicine

March 22, 2022

Aron Sousa, MD, has been recommended to serve as dean of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has served as the interim dean for the college since October 25, 2019. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, the appointment will be effective April 22, 2022.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 18, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Today is Match Day! This year I am confident we have a very large number of very happy people...this year 97.6% of our students matched, and that is excellent.

Lisa Lowery, MD, MPH, Named One of West Michigan's Most Influential Women

Lisa Lowery, MD, MPH, Named One of West Michigan's Most Influential Women

March 17, 2022

Lisa Lowery, MD, MPH, assistant dean for Diversity and Cultural Initiatives, has been selected as one of West Michigan's 50 Most Influential Women by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Beyond her work with patients and students, Dr. Lowery says her contributions are all about community.

Study Indicates COVID-19 Patients Fall into Two Main Groups Benefiting from Two Types of Therapies

Study Indicates COVID-19 Patients Fall into Two Main Groups Benefiting from Two Types of Therapies

March 17, 2022

A COVID-19 study by Spectrum Health, Michigan State University and six other organizations highlight the importance of precision medicine.

Faculty Voice: I Love You—Always the Last Words

Faculty Voice: I Love You—Always the Last Words

March 16, 2022

Cara Anne Poland, MD, assistant professor, shares a personal essay about loss and self care in this week's issue of JAMA.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 11, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

I know this is a very difficult time for our people with connections to Ukraine and the surrounding region. Equally, this is difficult for all with loved ones in harm’s way around the globe, even, or especially, if those conflicts have not resulted in the kind of media and social notice as the war in Ukraine has received.

MSU and Spectrum Health Collaborate on Research Project to Sequence SARS-CoV-2 Virus

MSU and Spectrum Health Collaborate on Research Project to Sequence SARS-CoV-2 Virus

March 11, 2022

Spectrum Health and MSU will work together to collect and analyze genomic data to address emerging infectious disease threats and enhance the state of Michigan’s ability to respond to them.

Support Future Spartan MDs on Give Green Day

Support Future Spartan MDs on Give Green Day

March 8, 2022

Future Spartan MDs are real-life heroes. These heroes don't wear capes—they wear white coats—and on Tuesday, March 15, they need your help.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 4, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

I had a chance to drop in on one of the two ECE poster sessions this week, and I really enjoyed myself. I got a tour of several posters, and I came away impressed and delighted. Our first-year students made an impressive contribution toward improving clinical care in the greater Grand Rapids and Lansing communities.

Study Finds Link Between Cholesterol Crystals and Heart Infections

Study Finds Link Between Cholesterol Crystals and Heart Infections

February 28, 2022

A study led by George Abela, MD, is the first to establish a link between the formation of cholesterol crystals and bacterial infections in the heart.

February College News Headlines

February College News Headlines

February 28, 2022

Read more news headlines and updates from the college this month.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 25, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

As I write, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has commenced and is playing out in video before our eyes. It is frightening, surreal, and deeply disturbing. The tragedies for the people of Ukraine must be first in our thoughts. Geographically but not emotionally distanced from this madness, we have students, staff, and faculty with loved ones in harm’s way. And, if we can be of help to you, by all means reach out to any of us.

SNMA Students Celebrate Black History Month

SNMA Students Celebrate Black History Month

February 25, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, students in the college's Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter shared their thoughts on the annual event and interviews with Black physicians, faculty and administrators throughout the college.

College of Human Medicine Students Earn Important Designations at LMSA Midwest Regional Conference

College of Human Medicine Students Earn Important Designations at LMSA Midwest Regional Conference

February 24, 2022

Current College of Human Medicine students enjoyed a recent trip to Chicago for the 2022 Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Midwest Regional Conference, earning several important designations.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 18, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Dianne Wagner, MD, has announced her retirement date of June 1, 2022. She is not going anywhere for a while, but our college will have to make some decisions in the nearer term. In the meantime, give her a shout-out and a thank you for all she has done for patients, the college, and the profession.

Words of Wellness: Enjoy the Journey

Words of Wellness: Enjoy the Journey

February 18, 2022 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

If you have been reading the Culture of Caring newsletters, you may be aware that in the pursuit of chasing away the winter doldrums, I signed up for two winter activities: the Groundhog Day half marathon and the Muskegon luge.

Fighting COVID and Future Diseases

Fighting COVID and Future Diseases

February 16, 2022

Several College of Human Medicine researchers received grants from the state and CDC to bolster the Michigan’s fight against COVID, foodborne illnesses and more.

Study Could Help Predict a Deadly Pregnancy Complication

Study Could Help Predict a Deadly Pregnancy Complication

February 10, 2022

A blood test could help doctors predict which pregnant women are likely to develop a life-threatening condition called preeclampsia, a study co-authored by Claudia Holzman, PhD.

Expanded Pipeline Program to Increase Diverse Health Care Workforce Through University-Community Partnerships

Expanded Pipeline Program to Increase Diverse Health Care Workforce Through University-Community Partnerships

February 10, 2022

MSU College of Human Medicine is part of the expanding West Michigan Health Careers Pipeline Program, an initiative that introduces teens from underrepresented and minority populations to health science careers.

A Journey from Doctor to Terminal Patient

A Journey from Doctor to Terminal Patient

February 9, 2022

Alumna Sally Wilson reflects on her experiences as a doctor, mother and terminal patient. The daughter she carried across the stage at commencement 25 years ago is now in medical school, following in her mother’s footsteps.

Kalkanis Appointed Associate Dean for Detroit Campus

Kalkanis Appointed Associate Dean for Detroit Campus

February 9, 2022

In his new role, Steven Kalkanis, MD, will oversee the education of medical students at the new regional campus based at the historic Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Meet Jamila Power, Lansing's new Community Assistant Dean

Meet Jamila Power, Lansing's new Community Assistant Dean

February 9, 2022

As an emergency room physician, Jamila Power is always ready for whatever comes. In her new role as community assistant dean for the Lansing campus, she draws upon that experience to help students navigate the demanding third and fourth years of medical school. 

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 4, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Each week during Black History Month, I try to write something relevant in the dean’s update, or rather I hope to encourage people to look up and learn something relevant to Black History Month. HBCUs have a long and cherished place in our communities, and these institutions have been leaders in creating opportunity and expertise for Americans, especially African Americans.

Building a Better Bandage

Building a Better Bandage

January 28, 2022

With a $2 million grant from NIH, Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, and his team are working to find effective treatments for chronic wounds.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 26, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Today, Michigan State University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation announced a transformational, $25 million grant from the foundation to the College of Human Medicine to expand the college’s public health program in Flint, Michigan.

Mott Foundation Grants $25M to MSU to Expand Public Health Initiatives in Flint

Mott Foundation Grants $25M to MSU to Expand Public Health Initiatives in Flint

January 26, 2022

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted $25 million to expand the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s public health presence in Flint. The grant will create an endowed fund to increase public health faculty, academic research and community health collaborations.

Students Honored with Appointments to Academy of Family Physicians Boards Take to Heart the Importance of Women of Color in Leadership Positions

Students Honored with Appointments to Academy of Family Physicians Boards Take to Heart the Importance of Women of Color in Leadership Positions

January 25, 2022

Two College of Human Medicine students chosen to Academy of Family Physicians Executive Boards are honored by the appointments and understand the importance of women in leadership roles.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 21, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Despite progress on testing equity and some perception that Michigan has been doing better than many states in addressing COVID-19 disparities, as a state we have tragic racial disparities in deaths rates from COVID-19. In the current surge in Ingham County, case rates show the same kind of disparity. As we see consistently in economic upheaval, downturns land with their own racial disparities evidenced this year in higher levels of unemployment and evictions among Black Americans.

Fighting addiction and removing the stigma

Fighting addiction and removing the stigma

January 18, 2022

How MSU is saving lives by training current and future doctors to treat substance use disorders

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 14, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

Despite progress on testing equity and some perception that Michigan has been doing better than many states in addressing COVID-19 disparities, as a state we have tragic racial disparities in deaths rates from COVID-19. In the current surge in Ingham County, case rates show the same kind of disparity. As we see consistently in economic upheaval, downturns land with their own racial disparities evidenced this year in higher levels of unemployment and evictions among Black Americans.

Words of Wellness: Having Some Fun

Words of Wellness: Having Some Fun

January 14, 2022 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

It may seem crazy to be asked “when did you last have fun?” in the throes of a never-ending pandemic. But hear me out, I really want you to consider what you do for fun, and how recently you deliberately had any.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 7, 2022 - Aron Sousa, MD

I trust you all had as good a holiday season as beloved parts of American culture can offer, and that you had the chance for some rest. Of course, I suggest getting some rest just as the university converts again to partial online education and COVID-19 cases skyrocket.

2021 Academic Affairs Award Recipients

2021 Academic Affairs Award Recipients

January 1, 2022 - Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs announces its 2021 award recipients.

Published Research

Published Research

December 31, 2021

The latest published research from College of Human Medicine faculty.

Year in Review: Students Share 2021 Highlights

Year in Review: Students Share 2021 Highlights

December 27, 2021

As we reflect on 2021, we asked our students to share their personal highlights as medical students this year. Read just a few of the many inspiring stories.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

December 23, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is the end of the semester, a remarkable semester in which we have successfully taught in person throughout. In the medical education program, we have been teaching in clinics and simulation for nearly all of the pandemic. But this semester our large and small group courses were also in person.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

December 17, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is the end of the semester, a remarkable semester in which we have successfully taught in person throughout. In the medical education program, we have been teaching in clinics and simulation for nearly all of the pandemic. But this semester our large and small group courses were also in person.

Words of Wellness: Time for a Reframe

Words of Wellness: Time for a Reframe

December 16, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Feeling stuck? You’re not alone. In a recent mindful popup session, I mentioned my own sense of stuck-ness and was interested to hear from several of the participants that it had struck a chord. What’s going on?

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

December 10, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

In the last week, I’ve had a number of people asking about the omicron variant of COVID-19, and what it all means. There are a lot of opinions and preliminary data swirling around the interwebs, and while much of it gives one reason for hope, as of today, there is still too much uncertainty to say anything with conviction…except that there is a lot of uncertainty.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

December 3, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week I have been struck and saddened by senseless, preventable deaths in our communities. The horrific school shooting in Southeast Michigan resulting in four deaths returns our nation to the public health challenges of guns, mental health, and school safety.

November College News

November College News

November 30, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Couch Receives Research Administrator Award

Couch Receives Research Administrator Award

November 30, 2021

Theresa Couch, research administrator in the Health Colleges Research Services, was honored by the Society of Research Administrators International with the “Future of the Field” award.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

November 24, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is a short work week for those of us not on call, or on service, or keeping animals healthy, or backing up our infrastructure, or working security for the college. There are a lot of people in a medical college who continue working over weekends and holidays, and the rest of us depend on all of them.

Words of Wellness: Fixed or Flourishing?

Words of Wellness: Fixed or Flourishing?

November 23, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

This past weekend I had the opportunity to witness an open mind. The willingness to consider a different perspective and a subsequent thirst for more exposure to varying points of view was an honor to witness.

Native American Heritage Month: A Student Reflection

Native American Heritage Month: A Student Reflection

November 23, 2021

Second-year College of Human Medicine student Amanda Ziminski reflects on the important role her heritage has played in her journey into medicine and shares why Native American Heritage Month is so important.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

November 19, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

Somehow it has happened again, Michigan has one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. Our hospital partners are being inundated; elective surgeries requiring hospitalization are being delayed once more.

AOA Inductees

AOA Inductees

November 16, 2021

Congratulations to the students, residents, faculty and alumni inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Gamma Chapter.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

November 12, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

By and large, I try to keep our in memoriam news in the obituary section of the college’s website, but this last week, we lost Ralph Watson, MD, and I am going to make use of the interim dean’s prerogative to say a few words about Ralph.

Fall 2021 Faculty Awards

Fall 2021 Faculty Awards

November 10, 2021

Congratulations to the recipients of the College of Human Medicine's 2021 Faculty Awards! Among those honored was Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH, who received the Lester J. Evans, MD, Distinguished Service Award, November 10.

Obituary: Ralph E. Watson, MD

Obituary: Ralph E. Watson, MD

November 3, 2021

Ralph E. Watson, MD, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2021, while in Houston, surrounded and supported by his family.

October College News

October College News

October 31, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 29, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week and last, I have been rounding with the internal medicine teams. Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy my time as an attending on the MSU internal medicine service.

Words of Wellness: Give Yourself a Break Today

Words of Wellness: Give Yourself a Break Today

October 26, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Have you given any thought to self-compassion lately? Maybe it’s time.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 22, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week and last, I have been rounding with the internal medicine teams. Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy my time as an attending on the MSU internal medicine service.

Obituary: Ira Gewolb, MD

Obituary: Ira Gewolb, MD

October 20, 2021

Ira Gewolb, MD, passed away October 20, 2021. An internationally recognized leader in the field of neonatology, Dr. Gewolb served as professor in the College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Human and chief of the Division of Neonatology from 2004 until his retirement in 2019.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 15, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

One of the core projects for educational programs is accreditation. It is always a lot of work, and it takes a special team to bring the energy and enthusiasm required to successfully get a program accredited. Our Master of Public Health degree program (MPH) has that team.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 8, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

As of now, additional jabs with Moderna and J&J vaccines are under discussion but are not yet available. This is a complex subject, and to help discuss the data and the reasoning behind the push for third shots, I’ve invited Keith English, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development to discuss the topic with me.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

October 1, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

MSU is celebrating Homecoming this week. After 18 months of pandemic COVID-19 and several months of endemic COVID-19, every time I return to one of our workplaces, it feels like a homecoming.

September College News

September College News

September 30, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Women in Medicine Month

Women in Medicine Month

September 30, 2021

To honor Women in Medicine Month, several alumni wrote about women who have inspired and impacted their careers in medicine.

Words of Wellness: Opening

Words of Wellness: Opening

September 29, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

This past weekend I had the opportunity to witness an open mind. The willingness to consider a different perspective and a subsequent thirst for more exposure to varying points of view was an honor to witness.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 24, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is the last Friday of Women in Medicine Month, and as for the prior weeks of September, I have turned over the Dean’s Update and the Town Hall to an alumnus to write about a woman in medicine who inspired them. This week, our author is Lisa McElroy, MD, MS (CHM ’09).

Op Ed: Medical School Deans' Statement on Public Health

Op Ed: Medical School Deans' Statement on Public Health

September 24, 2021

The Deans of Michigan's medical schools authored this op ed in the Detroit Free Press.

Obituary: William Smyth Abbett, PhD

Obituary: William Smyth Abbett, PhD

September 18, 2021

William Smyth Abbett, PhD, of Okemos, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the age of 79. In 1991 Dr. Abbett became the third dean of the College of Human Medicine, a position he held until 2000.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 17, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week falls within both Women in Medicine Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month, and keeping with my practice this month, I have turned the update over to one of our alumni. This week, Dr. Herminia Bierema (CHM ’84) is writing for me. Dr. Bierema is a wonderful pediatrician at Paint Creek Pediatrics in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 10, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is our second week of Women in Medicine Month, and, rather than writing about women in medicine myself, I am turning over the bulk of the update to College of Human Medicine women alumni writing brief pieces about women in medicine who inspired them. This week, Janet Osuch, MD (CHM ‘79, ’00), has written a lovely piece about fellow cancer surgeon Dr. Susan Love.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

September 3, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

September is Women in Medicine Month, and while I thought about writing about women in medicine in the update each week of the month, I thought it was probably better to ask some women to write about women in medicine each week. First up is Marsha D. Rappley, MD.

August College News

August College News

August 31, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

A Calling to Care for the Underserved

A Calling to Care for the Underserved

August 30, 2021

For Anthony Bonilla-Salmeron, it was when he nearly died from a ruptured appendix at the age of 12. For Aghdas Movassaghi it was her grandmother's diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Those events sent each on a course that, despite many obstacles, brought them to the College of Human Medicine to begin their journeys to care for the underserved.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 27, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

As you all know, Barbara Forney is leaving CHM for the Office of Health Sciences with some small piece of retirement as a part of the transition. We are taking this as a time to integrate faculty affairs and development with our academic and staff human resources teams.

Words of Wellness: Training Lessons

Words of Wellness: Training Lessons

August 26, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

I signed up to participate a half marathon in September and have been training for weeks. Each time I run, many lessons come into my mind that are applicable to life in general.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 20, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

I happened to talk to leaders at several of the state’s hospital systems this week. And while COVID-19 has not been a major problem in our hospitals for a couple of months, adequate staffing has been a struggle. They each have hundreds of openings for people in nursing and allied health professions – the folks who make a hospital run.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 13, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, we welcomed 190 Early Clinical Experience (ECE) students to the College of Human Medicine. While last year orientation was entirely virtual, this year we all gathered our masked selves in Life Sciences A133 as in decades before.

Chen Named MSU Foundation Professor

Chen Named MSU Foundation Professor

August 9, 2021

Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, has been named a Michigan State University Foundation Professor for his outstanding research into the epidemiology of aging and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s Disease.

LMSA and SNMA Students Serve as Mentors to Minority Children

LMSA and SNMA Students Serve as Mentors to Minority Children

August 9, 2021

College of Human Medicine students in the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association are teaching and inspiring kids participating in Baxter Community Center's Youth Mentoring Program.

Andrew Kim Launches "Get to Know" Podcast for Other Med Students

Andrew Kim Launches "Get to Know" Podcast for Other Med Students

August 9, 2021

Andrew Kim created the podcast Get to Know to meet and learn about his classmates during the pandemic, when in-person learning was very limited. His subjects are varied: a classmate who combines his interest in art and fashion with medicine, another who studied political philosophy before deciding on a career in medicine, and one who enrolled at age 40 after serving as a Green Beret medic.

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees

August 8, 2021

"The future of medicine is bold and bright with you at the helm," said Emily Bush in her remarks to fellow Gold Humanism Honor Society members at the recent induction ceremony. Congratulations to the 30 students and four faculty who joined the society this year.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

August 6, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week I had the pleasure of gathering with the good folks in Academic Affairs to recognize and celebrate ten colleagues who retired over the course of the pandemic.

Retirements in 2021

Retirements in 2021

August 3, 2021

Read more about college faculty and staff retiring this year.

July College News

July College News

July 31, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 30, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

By now most of you know that MSU has moved to a mask and vaccine mandate for students AND faculty and staff. The mask mandate is just like our world a few months ago, except there will be more people in our offices and classrooms.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 16, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

It’s time to talk about teaching. I did some regular, olde tyme teaching in a real classroom this week at the hospital during in-person didactics for internal medicine residents. And, on my last day of service, a Middle Clinical Experience student joined our team, which meant I got to help someone hear some of their first heart murmurs.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 9, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

As dedicated readers of my updates will know, I am in the midst of two weeks of hospital service. Helping residents care for patients in the hospital is one of the best parts of my job – being with the patients and their families is emotionally very meaningful.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

July 2, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

What a difference a few months make. This week I started my fortnight of rounding at the hospital, and my team’s census includes only one patient with COVID-19. When I started rounding in April, half of the patients assigned to the team had or were recovering from COVID-19.

June College News

June College News

June 30, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Words of Wellness: Reemergence

Words of Wellness: Reemergence

June 29, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

We are fifteen months post initial shut down. After a year that was odd for all of us (to say the least) and experienced differently by many, several state restrictions have been rescinded.

Obituary: Andrew Michael Michelakis, MD, PhD

Obituary: Andrew Michael Michelakis, MD, PhD

June 28, 2021

Andrew Michael Michelakis, MD, PhD, age 93, passed away June 28, 2021. He came to the College of Human Medicine in 1974, where he served as professor of pharmacology/toxicology.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 25, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

In 2019, when I became interim dean the second time, I started visiting clinics to meet people and to inquire about quality and safety efforts. Up until the pandemic, I was pretty consistently visiting clinics, and I’ve started doing those again including some visits as part of MSU Health Care’s leadership rounds effort.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 18, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This weekend is Juneteenth, the closest thing the country has had to a holiday celebrating the end of slavery. It’s hard to understand how it took so long to establish this as a holiday, but the lack of a widespread celebration is another piece of the subtle, or not too subtle, racism in society.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 11, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week we welcomed two new cyclotrons to Grand Rapids for the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. These machines and the attached radiopharmaceutical producing units will help provide cutting edge therapy for cancer, as well as research and medical opportunities for many conditions.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

June 4, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

President Stanley met with our Division of Public Health faculty, medical students, and MSU Extension educators, visited the Hurley Children’s Clinic, met with legislators, and generally got to experience the amazing work our people do with the people of Flint.

May College News

May College News

May 31, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 28, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week last year, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer. In the time since, I hope we have held on to the energy and dedication that was so apparent then.

Advocating for Headache Patients

Advocating for Headache Patients

May 27, 2021

Larry Charleston, IV, MD, was recently recruited as a professor and director of the Headache and Facial Pain Division in the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology. His work will focus on patient care, teaching, research and advocacy. He continues to encourage more funding for research into head and facial pain, including into disparities in care for many patients.

Top Ranked OBGYN Research

Top Ranked OBGYN Research

May 27, 2021

Among its peers, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology received some of the highest total funding for research from the National Institutes of Health last year, a recent report found.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 21, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

Over the last month or so, my conversations with chairs, community leaders, and faculty have included a spontaneous turn toward the future and future transitions. It may or may not be a real phenomenon, but it sure seems like people are deeply considering retirements and changes to their work focus as we come out of the depths of the pandemic.

Jeong Receives $2.9 Million Nih Grant to Study Link Between Endometriosis and Infertility

Jeong Receives $2.9 Million Nih Grant to Study Link Between Endometriosis and Infertility

May 19, 2021

Medical researchers have long known of a link between endometriosis and infertility in women, but precisely how the two are related remains unknown. But now a team that includes Michigan State University researchers, backed by a federal grant, hopes to solve that mystery and find possible treatments.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 14, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, our teams are ramping up efforts to begin returning more people to our campuses as the state has surpassed the governor’s first vaccination milestone – 55% of people eligible have been vaccinated.

Words of Wellness: Back in the Pool?

Words of Wellness: Back in the Pool?

May 12, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

There is cautious optimism about the months ahead based on current trends. Along with optimism, there is a vague pervasive anxiety about how to navigate the times ahead.

Congratulations Spartan MDs!

Congratulations Spartan MDs!

May 10, 2021

This month, we congratulate 182 graduates on entering the physician workforce. Go Green. Go White. Go Forth! See highlights from the celebration.

MSU Scientists Receive $2.75 Million NIH Grant to Study NOTCH1 Gene’s Link to Endometriosis

MSU Scientists Receive $2.75 Million NIH Grant to Study NOTCH1 Gene’s Link to Endometriosis

May 10, 2021

College of Human Medicine researchers have received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the connection between a gene important for normal cell survival and endometriosis, a painful disease which affects one in 10 women of reproductive age. The disease also has a significant economic impact, estimated at $95 billion annually in the U.S. in lost wages and medical expenses.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

May 7, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

I have been following the great trauma and tragedy unfolding in India as the latest COVID-19 surge courses through cities and countryside. Like here, the virus is a mindless bit of chemistry, and its onslaught lays bare the structures, struggles, inequities, and politics of society and community.

April College News

April College News

April 30, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 30, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

The core of this physician care, and the backbone of care at any teaching hospital, is the residents. I have a great team and they have done an excellent job for the patients and have kept me out of trouble too.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 23, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

The conviction of George Floyd’s murderer on all counts provides hope but not resolution or solution to racism in society…including racism in health and medicine.

Thomas O’Halloran Appointed as MSU Foundation Professor

Thomas O’Halloran Appointed as MSU Foundation Professor

April 21, 2021

Thomas O'Halloran, PhD, recently joined the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Chemistry. Through a MSU Foundation grant, he will conduct high-risk, high-reward research into new inorganic compounds that could lead to a treatment for certain types of blood, breast, and brain cancers.

Mott Community College and MSU College of Human Medicine Sign Articulation Agreement

Mott Community College and MSU College of Human Medicine Sign Articulation Agreement

April 20, 2021

MSU College of Human Medicine and Mott Community College have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical/medical education by which MCC students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Michigan State University will have the opportunity to be granted an early assurance for admission to the College of Human Medicine.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 16, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

After weeks and months of starting with COVID-19 in a dean’s update, I thought I would start with some celebrations this week.

Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest 2021

Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest 2021

April 15, 2021

Three student essays were chosen for the 2021 Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest. Emily Brereton won first prize for her essay “Becoming a Doctor.” Second prize was awarded to Eunice Im for the essay “Seeing People” and third place to Karren Wong for her essay “The Art and Science of Medicine.”

Obituary: George Vande Woude, PhD

Obituary: George Vande Woude, PhD

April 13, 2021

George Vande Woude, PhD, Van Andel Institute’s founding research director, passed away April 13, 2021. He was a world-renowned scientist whose storied career revolutionized the understanding of cancer.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 9, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

I hope you and yours are safe. Michigan leads the country in COVID-19 as a hot spot. As of today, 13 of the 15 “hottest” metro areas in the country are in Michigan. Similarly, 13 of the 20 metro areas with the fastest increase in cases are in Michigan.

Fazleabas Receives $2.75M NIH Endometriosis Research Grant

Fazleabas Receives $2.75M NIH Endometriosis Research Grant

April 7, 2021

College of Human Medicine researchers have received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the connection between a gene important for normal cell survival and endometriosis, a painful disease which affects one in 10 women of reproductive age. The disease also has a significant economic impact, estimated at $95 billion annually in the U.S. in lost wages and medical expenses.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

April 2, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

The COVID-19 outbreak around us is real, and the surge is big enough and bad enough that I am not going to write about anything else today.

March College News

March College News

March 31, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

2021 Match Day Stories

2021 Match Day Stories

March 31, 2021

Several students share their experiences leading up to the Match, their Match Day celebrations, what they are looking forward to in residency and their advice for future medical students going through the process.

Words of Wellness: Is it over yet?

Words of Wellness: Is it over yet?

March 26, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

After a year of waiting, waiting some more, and asking ourselves ‘when it will end?’ there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

MSU All-University Awards Honor Outstanding Faculty and Staff

MSU All-University Awards Honor Outstanding Faculty and Staff

March 19, 2021

MSU All-University Awards honored Ade Olomu, MD, from the Department of Medicine with the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award, and research specialist Madeleine Lenski, from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics, received a Distinguished Academic Staff.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 19, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

I want to start this week by expressing my sorrow and anger over the shootings in Georgia, which killed mostly Asian women. Clearly, discrimination, xenophobia, harassment, and violence against Asian/Pacific Island Americans (APIA) are to be condemned by everyone in the college and our university.

Students Show Appreciation on "Thank a Resident Day"

Students Show Appreciation on "Thank a Resident Day"

March 19, 2021

Gold Humanism Honor Society members Emmanuella Joseph and Andrew-Huy Dang organized this year’s Thank a Resident Day for all seven campuses with virtual “thank you” cards designed to send to residents along with Starbucks gift cards.

MSU Psychiatry Clerkship Administrator Nationally Recognized

MSU Psychiatry Clerkship Administrator Nationally Recognized

March 18, 2021

Callie Langenderfer, who oversees psychiatry clerkships for the Colleges of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine, has received national recognition and honored with the 2021 Excellence in Clerkship Administration Award.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 12, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

It has been a year since we moved most of the college online after the first COVID-19 cases were identified in the area. Our educational program moved online literally overnight, our teams brought up telehealth in weeks, and our students were back in their clinics faster than most schools in the country.

Words of Wellness: March 9, 2021

Words of Wellness: March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Among the many tired clichés that have been used about getting through this pandemic, is “this is a marathon not a sprint.” This got me thinking – a good metaphor for where we are now is the “wall” that runners hit.

Students, Faculty & Alumni Continue Fighting COVID-19 with Vaccines

Students, Faculty & Alumni Continue Fighting COVID-19 with Vaccines

March 9, 2021

Across the country, College of Human Medicine students, faculty and alumni continue to do their part to combat COVID-19. They share their stories about receiving the vaccine and helping with vaccine administration, nasal swabbing and contact tracing as part of the community health pandemic response throughout the state.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

March 5, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

As our weather turns warmer and the COVID-19 outlook improves with the addition of a third vaccine, I think it is prudent to remain vigilant and careful.

February College News

February College News

February 28, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news, along with other college updates.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 26, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, the COVID-19 death toll in the US passed 500,000 lives lost. That is a nearly unfathomable number of people lost in less than a year – slightly more than the population of the Lansing metro area.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 19, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

I hope you and yours are safe and well. Some members of our college have families in the communities hard hit by the most recent winter storm and frigid temperatures, and some of us recall the difficulty of living through prolonged power outages.

Words of Wellness: February 12, 2021

Words of Wellness: February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

We have made it through a spring, a summer, a fall and a good part of a winter since the first Stay Home Stay Safe order.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 12, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

I have to admit to growing optimism about our overall progress in confronting the pandemic. The vaccines have been very safe and many of them are remarkably effective. The more people we can vaccinate quickly, the better our chances of really pushing down the pandemic.

Front Lines of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Trial

Front Lines of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Trial

February 11, 2021

Pediatrician Jenny Bush, MD, participates in Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine ENSEMBLE Study. Lead investigators for the study in West Michigan are Eric Achtyes, MD, director of the college's Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Leslie Pelkey, MD, chief medical officer for Cherry Health.

Bernstein Receives Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award

Bernstein Receives Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award

February 10, 2021

Alison Bernstein has received an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

February 5, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This is one of the first weeks in a long time when my schedule and meetings were not really dominated by the pandemic. And because my job usually runs about 3-9 months ahead of current events, I take that as a good sign.

World Class Investigators

World Class Investigators

February 3, 2021

University Distinguished Professors Asgi Fazleabas and Provost Teresa Woodruff have been honored as Distinguished Fellows by the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

Leadership Appointments in the Center of Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Leadership Appointments in the Center of Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

February 2, 2021

Sean Valles and Karen Kelly-Blake were appointed leadership positions in the Center of Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.

January College News

January College News

January 31, 2021

Awards, faculty and student news and other updates.

The People Behind the Early Detection Program

The People Behind the Early Detection Program

January 31, 2021

A three-part series sharing the stories of the College of Human Medicine's people behind the scenes whose hard work and long hours enabled the university to launch the Spartan Early Detection program.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 29, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

This week, MSU and Henry Ford Health System signed and announced a 30-year partnership agreement. The partnership focuses on developing innovative research, education, and clinical programs that will advance health and help address health disparities and DEI concerns.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 22, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

What a week! We had a wonderful MLK event with Dr. Furr-Holden as one of the speakers. She discussed the differences between race and racism, health disparities and health inequity, equity and assurance of access to health.

Words of Wellness: January 15, 2021

Words of Wellness: January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

As we awaited the end of 2020 and were hoping for brighter days ahead, 2021 had other plans.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 15, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

As I watch the political crisis and the pandemic reach historic crescendos at a national level, I want to make sure we focus on what we are doing locally to keep people safe and healthy.

Dean's Update

Dean's Update

January 8, 2021 - Aron Sousa, MD

Our country struggles with truth telling, and it is pretty hard to advance the modern enterprise of providing for the general welfare when telling the truth about COVID-19, racism, climate change, and the elections is, somehow, a challenge.

2020 News Archive

2020 News Archive

December 31, 2020

College updates and news headlines from 2020.

Published Research | 2020

Published Research | 2020

December 31, 2020

Published research from College of Human Medicine faculty in 2020.

2020 Obituaries

2020 Obituaries

December 31, 2020

2020 Obituaries

Words of Wellness: October 30, 2020

Words of Wellness: October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Claudia Finkelstein, MDCM, Director of Wellness, Resilience And Vulnerable Populations, offers tips for helping students navigate polarizing pandemic election times.

Words of Wellness: August 19, 2020

Words of Wellness: August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

As September rapidly approaches, so do questions of returning to school, work, and sports – safely – in person, in a “hybrid” way, or at all.

2020 Academic Affairs Award Recipients

2020 Academic Affairs Award Recipients

August 1, 2020 - Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs announces its 2020 award recipients.

Words of Wellness: June 16, 2020

Words of Wellness: June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

I had planned to write a COVID-19 re-entry toolkit for this episode of the Culture of Caring newsletter. It will come. However, there is still much to be discussed and learned about racism and anti-racism.

Words of Wellness: June 3, 2020

Words of Wellness: June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Are you feeling powerless as an ally right now? Here are some actions you can consider.

Words of Wellness: May 13, 2020

Words of Wellness: May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

As we awaited the end of 2020 and were hoping for brighter days ahead, 2021 had other plans.

Words of Wellness: April 14, 2020

Words of Wellness: April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

A word about trauma, followed by tips and resources.

Words of Wellness: April 3, 2020

Words of Wellness: April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

As we approach the second week of the governor’s order to ‘Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.’ many of you may have noticed swings in emotions, energy levels, motivation and anxiety.

Words of Wellness: March 23, 2020

Words of Wellness: March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020 - Culture of Caring - Claudia Finkelstein

Is there any other story this week or last? We know that the strains of keeping our institution running are present even in the best of times.

Published Research | 2019

Published Research | 2019

December 31, 2019

Published research from College of Human Medicine faculty in 2019.

2019 Obituaries

2019 Obituaries

December 31, 2019

2019 Obituaries

2019 News Archive

December 31, 2019

College updates and news headlines from 2019.

2019 Academic Affairs Award Recipients

2019 Academic Affairs Award Recipients

August 1, 2019 - Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs announces its 2019 award recipients.

Patiently Gazing into Patients’ Lives

Patiently Gazing into Patients’ Lives

January 1, 2019 - Annie Li Yang

The Annie Li Yang Student Essay Contest is named in honor of Annie Li Yang (1995-2019), one of the inaugural essay winners. In her winning 2019 Inaugural Student Essay Contest entry, Annie candidly delved into her fear of and journey to overcome reductive thinking, stressing the importance of always keeping sight of the individuality of patients and their lives outside of the hospital or clinic.

Published Research | 2018

Published Research | 2018

December 31, 2018

Published research from College of Human Medicine faculty in 2018.

Published Research | 2017

Published Research | 2017

December 31, 2017

Published research from College of Human Medicine faculty in 2017