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Michigan State University and MidMichigan Health announce new College of Human Medicine Midland Regional Campus

May 12, 2010

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and MidMichigan Health have agreed to establish a new regional medical campus in Midland. MSU officials say the partnership is the result of shared goals to educate medical students within a health care system that values quality and provides care to a widely dispersed city and rural community.

The agreement was signed today by Richard M. Reynolds, president of MidMichigan Health, and Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. The partnership expands MSU’s capacity for third- and fourth-year medical students in the middle of Michigan by adding more student placements at four new hospitals from MidMichigan Health in addition to current student rotations at Saginaw hospitals Covenant Healthcare and St. Mary’s of Michigan. The campus will be centered in Midland, with educational sites at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, MidMichigan Medical Center-Clare, MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin, Gratiot Medical Center in Alma and the Saginaw hospitals.

With a successful history of training medical students in Saginaw for more than 35 years, MSU College of Human Medicine is looking to increase its number of medical students in mid Michigan from an average of 18 per year currently in Saginaw to upwards of 30 at the Midland Regional Campus.

“We are pleased that MidMichigan Health joins MSU in providing an amazing experience for our medical students that is rooted in quality primary care.” said Dr. Rappley. “We can now increase the number of students exposed to the wonderful physician role models in Midland, Saginaw, Alma, Clare and Gladwin. This is extremely important in helping students see careers and family opportunities for themselves in Michigan communities where they are valued and needed.”

The College of Human Medicine and MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland have a longstanding relationship, having collaborated for more than 35 years on a Family Medicine Residency Program that annually trains 18-20 residents. The College of Human Medicine consistently ranks above the 95th percentile among medical schools whose graduates choose to practice primary care.

“This affiliation is a natural next-step in developing MidMichigan Health’s relationship with MSU’s College of Human Medicine to foster excellence in medical education,” said Reynolds. “Our physicians, board members and our community are very supportive of our new off-site campus to provide medical education for future physicians.”

Currently 15 third-year and eight fourth-year medical students from the College of Human Medicine study in Saginaw.  Plans call for the students to rotate, as of July 2011, through various medical disciplines and specialty areas at the six hospitals, including MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, MidMichigan Medical Center-Clare, MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin, Gratiot Medical Center and Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw.

As part of the transition, MSU College of Human Medicine alumna Paula Klose, M.D., a family medicine physician in Midland, will take the role of acting community assistant dean. Rae Schnuth, Ph.D., who served as community assistant dean for the Saginaw campus, will continue to oversee the college’s Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved, a popular program that is supported by the Saginaw hospitals.

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


A native of Midland, Paula Klose, M.D., received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a master’s in human nutrition from the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of MSU College of Human Medicine where she attended the Upper Peninsula campus and then completed the Family Medicine Residency Program in Midland. In 1989 Dr. Klose started the first hospital-affiliated practice in Midland, which grew from one practice to an employed physician group of 83 physicians and mid-level providers. She still sees patients three days a week and practices inpatient medicine.

MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan. It covers a 12-county region with medical centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Midland, as well as urgent care centers, home care, nursing homes, physicians, medical offices and other specialty health services. MidMichigan provided almost $61 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2009.

Founded in 1964, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine was among the first community-based medical schools with a curriculum that emphasized a patient-centered philosophy. As a community-based medical school, the College of Human Medicine provides students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environment in which many physicians practice. During the third- and fourth-year of the program, students complete a series of required and elective clerkships at one of MSU’s seven community-based program sites. The sites are located in Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Midland, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula. For additional information on the college, visit

MSU Affiliation AgreementMidMichigan Health President Richard Reynolds, (L) and
MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Dr. Marsha Rappley
(R) signed an agreement today at MidMichigan Medical 
Center-Midland to create the Midland Regional Campus 
of MSU College of Human Medicine. Standing is 
MidMichigan Health Board Chair William Henderson. 
Photo courtesy of MidMichigan Health