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MSU, U-M Flint announce early assurance program for premed students

March 22, 2010

By Jason Cody

Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and the University of Michigan-Flint entered into an agreement that provides a link between premedical students there and MSU's medical school.

Vahid Lotfi, U-M Flint's interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Marsha D. Rappley, dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine, announced the early assurance program for admission, which will help both disadvantaged students and underserved areas of medicine.

The program provides an enhanced opportunity for admission to medical school to qualified premedical students who wish to practice in underserved areas. Preference for admission will be given to students who are the first in their family to attend college, who have graduated from a low-income high school, who are eligible for Pell grants or who have expressed interest in a high-need medical specialty area.

"Entering into this program with the world-class College of Human Medicine will provide a unique and outstanding opportunity for those qualified students to give back to their communities," Lotfi said. "Our Urban Health and Wellness Center reaches out to the medically underserved communities with various services; perhaps the day will come when we can offer the services of a medical doctor who is a product of this program."

U-M Flint students interested in caring for underserved populations will complete a program of clinical and service experiences and academic advising directed toward admission to MSU's College of Human Medicine.

"MSU is committed to ensuring a continuous pipeline of well-qualified students from the University of Michigan-Flint to the College of Human Medicine," Rappley said. "This is a continuation of our partnership between our institutions with a long-term vision for enhancing health care in Flint and Genesee County."

During their junior year, students who excel in the University of Michigan-Flint program may apply to the College of Human Medicine, and selected students will be assured of admission and begin a relationship with MSU College of Human Medicine during their senior year of college. There will be up to three seats reserved for this program.

The University of Michigan-Flint joins Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University and Grand Valley State University as Michigan universities participating in the College of Human Medicine's Early Assurance Program.


Dr. Rappley and Vahid Lotfi
Go Green! Go Blue! MSU College of 
Human Medicine Dean Marsha Rappley 
and Vahid Lotfi, U-M Flint's interim 
provost and vice chancellor for 
academic affairs announced 
the early assurance program 
for premed students at U-M Flint. 
(Photo courtesy of U-M Flint)