MSUToday
Published: July 21, 2015

MSU College of Human Medicine adds new Southeast Michigan campus

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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.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon joined Jean Meyer, president and CEO of St. John Providence, PPPH-Southfield President Michael Wiemann, PPPH-Novi President Peter Karadjoff, College of Human Medicine’s Dean Marsha D. Rappley and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Aron Sousa at the announcement reception.

“This partnership with Providence-Providence Park Hospital is the result of shared goals to educate medical students within a health care system that values quality and provides care to a diverse population of patients,” Simon said.

PPPH’s Valerie Overholt, director of students, has been appointed community assistant dean for the Southeast Michigan campus. The first cohort of students will start in July 2016. At full capacity, the college plans to have a total of 60 third- and fourth-year students at the campus.

“We are thrilled to be part of the MSU College of Human Medicine’s plans to expand in Southeast Michigan,” said Wiemann. “Providence-Providence Park Hospital and its exceptional medical staff will provide students an opportunity to learn in an environment dedicated to high quality, compassionate care for the whole person.”

Karadjoff adds the new medical school campus will open new possibilities for physician recruitment.

“This new effort will provide MSU’s third- and fourth-year medical students a chance to study and live in an area of the state where many come from and where we hope they’d like to return to practice medicine someday,” he said.

In addition to the Southeast Michigan campus, MSU College of Human Medicine has six community campuses located in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Midland, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula.