College of
Human
Medicine

Dean's Update

A Message from Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD

October 31, 2014

INITIAL REPORT OF THE LIAISON COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL EDUCATION

The LCME site visit was completed last week. Thank you to the more than 200 people who worked to assemble the information, write reports, and meet with site visitors throughout the four days that they were with us. While the final report will not be available sooner than the next scheduled meeting of the entire LCME committee, sometime in February, we have preliminary comments that I would like to share with you because it makes me exceptionally proud to be the dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine:
 
“ … the College of Human Medicine across multiple campuses in a complex system creates an outstanding culture of support and community for all medical students.”
 
This is due to the tireless efforts of our staff and faculty, our university, and health system partners. Students, you reinforce this culture in the way that you focus on supporting one another, keeping your eye on what is required to do your very best, and never losing sight of our mission. We cannot thank all of you enough for providing this remarkable place in which we work and learn together, for the betterment of the people of our state and world.

PLEASE WELCOME DR. GARY FERENCHICK AS OUR NEW COUNCILOR OF THE GAMMA CHAPTER OF THE ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA HONOR SOCIETY OF MEDICINE 
 
Dr. Ferenchick, professor of medicine, was elected our new councilor. He follows Dr. E. James Potchen, who served in this role for 17 years. We welcome Dr. Ferenchick to this important leadership role for our students, faculty, and college. And we thank Dr. Potchen for leading our AOA Gamma Chapter as the founding councilor. Dr. Ferenchick was inducted into the AOA through the Gamma Chapter in 1996 and is the first alumnus to be elected into this position. Dr. Ferenchick received his medical degree in 1984 following his Bachelors of Science and Master of Science degrees in human nutrition, also from Michigan State University. He became a fellow in the American College of Physicians in 1990 and a Laureate of the ACP in 2010.  Dr. Ferenchick has been awarded several honors by CHM students including the Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and the Glaser Teaching Award of the AAMC. He is the physician founder of the Friendship Medical Clinic, a clinical and educational venue for CHM students that has allowed care to be provided for the underserved for more than two decades. Dr. Ferenchick embodies the scholarly teacher and we thank him for taking this on.
 
TWO NEW ASSISTANT DEAN ROLES FOR TWO OUTSTANDING LEADERS
 
Judith Brady, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, has been appointed the assistant dean of Student Wellness and Engagement.  Dr. Brady has served as the director of Student Counseling and Wellness at the College of Human Medicine since 2006. As a licensed psychologist, she is sensitive to the needs of students and understands the transitional and adjustment needs of students across the medical education continuum. Dr. Brady will maintain her role of director of Student Counseling.  Dr. Brady will guide the further development of a comprehensive student health and wellness program and expansion of the health and wellness team with additional professionals in mental health and health promotions.  She will also work closely with students in the areas of community and college engagement. Dr. Brady’s clinical experience has focused on the impact of chronic health conditions on the development of affected children and their families.  Dr. Brady brings her excellent skills as a psychologist, problem solver, and medical educator to this new position.
 
Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, has been appointed the assistant dean of Student Career and Professional Development. Dr. Phillips and colleagues have published several articles that look at the relationship between student debt and residency choice, primary care and specialty work life issues, and theoretical models of students’ specialty choice.   Dr. Phillips has served on the Career Advisory Board for the College of Human Medicine and worked closely with the coordinator of the Career Counseling and Development Program. Dr. Phillips’ interests include medical student professional development, education for the care of underserved populations, and development of the primary care physician workforce. She is a regular collaborator with the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in family medicine and primary care. Dr. Phillips is also engaged in the college curriculum design project. She has a great passion for medical students and is excited to work to further expand their career exploration opportunities and preparation for residency training.  Dr. Phillips will continue her scholarship in career choice.
 
THANK YOU DR. WILLIAM WADLAND AND DR. HENRY BARRY
 
William Wadland, MD, MS, makes a transition after 22 years as chair of the Department of Family Medicine to now focus his efforts as senior associate dean of Faculty Affairs and Development for the college. Dr. Wadland followed Dr. Roy Gerard, the founding chair of the department, who continues as an avid teacher. Dr. Wadland established the department’s national leadership in research and led the department to influence generations of students choosing careers in family medicine. He also now serves as deputy editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. He will continue this important work and also continue to provide care for patients in the family medicine clinics. Thanks to you, Dr. Wadland, for your indelible mark on the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and for continuing to give us your support and guidance as senior associate dean.
 
Henry Barry, MD, MS, professor of family medicine, serves as acting chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Barry has been part of the department, beginning with his residency in 1982. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and has won numerous awards in the college, including the Outstanding Clinician of the Year and the Teacher Scholar Award. Dr. Barry is also the co-director of the Information Management Curriculum for the college. Thank you, Dr. Barry, for accepting this new leadership role. A national search is underway for the chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Keith English, MD, chairs the search committee. Thank you, Dr. English, for taking on this important responsibility for the university and college.
 
THANK YOU FOR A LIFETIME OF WORK AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. ROY GERARD!!
 
Thank you, Dr. Roy Gerard, for continuing to give your enthusiasm, wisdom, and always creative, challenging ideas to our students, staff, faculty, and dean of the college! In 2010, the college awarded Dr. Gerard the Lifetime Faculty Excellence in Teaching  Award. He continues to teach, inspiring all of us to give generously of ourselves to the next generation of physicians. Happy Birthday, as you turn 90 later this year! You have shaped the understanding of family medicine and primary care for more than 4000 students. Quite a legacy, and not done yet!

Marsha D. Rappley, MD
Dean, College of Human Medicine