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MSU College of Human Medicine, Traverse City’s Munson announce new campus

August 14, 2008

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Munson Medical Center of Traverse City have agreed to establish a new medical campus in northern Michigan.

The partnership would create the MSU College of Human Medicine’s seventh community campus, its only campus in northern Lower Michigan, and the medical school’s first new campus in 30 years. 

“This represents an exciting opportunity for hospitals in the Munson Healthcare System and other regional health care providers,” said Doug Deck, president and CEO of Munson Healthcare. “We welcome the MSU College of Human Medicine’s plans to expand in northern Michigan.”

Plans call for the first medical students to begin studies in northern Michigan during the summer of 2009. Students will rotate through various medical disciplines and specialty areas at facilities and with providers across the region.

Munson Medical Center President and CEO Ed Ness said the new campus would strengthen the hospital’s ties to the university and open new possibilities for physician retention and recruitment. 

MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha D. Rappley, MD, believes the partnership benefits the college as well, as it expands its medical school to meet health care issues such as a projected physician shortage in the state.

“We believe community-based medical schools are part of the solution to the challenges facing health care across this nation,” she said. “The MSU College of Human Medicine is recognized nationally for advancing this concept into the next era of health care, and we’re delighted Munson has agreed to become an anchor for our newest campus.”

Initial talks about the campus began in Aug. 2007. A survey of physicians from across northern Michigan revealed nearly 400 were interested in becoming involved with the school.