College of

2011 Andrew D. Hunt, M.D. Endowed Lectureship

Anthony Youn, M.D. (CHM '98) presents "Physicials in the new age of media"

Friday, October 28, 2011
Lecture 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Secchia Center, Room 120 & 130
15 Michigan Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Michigan State University
Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre
East Lansing, Michigan

Physicians are ever-present in today’s media.  From Dr. Oz to Doctor Radio to WebMD to Facebook and Twitter, physicians are interacting with the public in ways we never before imagined.  Patients are obtaining unprecedented access to their physicians using message boards, criticizing their performance via doctor rating websites, and even self-diagnosing using online medical encyclopedias.  Dr. Youn will discuss the many opportunities the age of new media presents physicians, how today’s doctors can utilize the media to improve patient care and practice management, and the potential pitfalls physicians may face in today’s media frenzy.    

Light reception to immediately follow 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Michigan State University Wharton Center
Christman Room
East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Secchia Center
Bill and Bea Idema Atrium
15 Michigan Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Note: This lecture will be live in East Lansing, Michigan, and video broadcast to Grand Rapids, Michigan. For questions please contact Marci Muller at 616.234.2611 or

About Anthony Youn

Anthony Youn, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in private practice in Metro Detroit.  He is a 1998 graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He made his television debut on Dr. 90210 and is currently a regular guest on the Rachael Ray Show.  He’s appeared frequently on several television and radio programs, including Fox and Friends, the CBS Early Show, The Doctors, HLN, E!, CNN, VH1, Doctor Radio, and NPR.  Dr. Youn is currently a regular columnist for and has written for RADAR Magazine,, USA Today, and  His blog, is the most visited blog by a plastic surgeon in the country.  His critically-acclaimed memoir, In Stitches, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2011 and details his four years at MSU-CHM. 

About the Andrew D. Hunt Lecturship

Andrew D. Hunt, M.D., served as Dean of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine from 1964 to 1977. A pediatrician from Cornell Medical School, Dr. Hunt began his academic career as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York University College of Medicine, where he advanced academically for sixteen years; eight of these, he also served as Instructor and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and as Director of Pediatric Services at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey. From New York University, Dr. Hunt moved on to Stanford University to accept the newly created position of Director of Ambulatory Services. After five years at Stanford, Dr. Hunt cane to Michigan State University to organize and to establish the College of Human Medicine in 1964.

As the College of Human Medicine's founding dean, Dr. Hunt embraced the opportunity to promote an integrated humanistic medical education program that emphasized the biological, behavioral, and social sciences equally. The principal that medicine is a helping profession with the physician as an effective therapeutic agent steered curriculum development. An unwavering orientation toward the patient’s welfare rather than toward the disease per se and its treatment, led to the development of a comprehensive sequence of interviewing skills and an emphasis on the doctor-patient relationship.

Dr. Hunt’s strong belief in patient-focused care strongly influenced the college's decision to train its students in community hospitals instead of in an academic medical center. The College of Human Medicine's active involvement in Michigan’s communities, many of which were medically underserved, provided students with the opportunity to participate more fully in needy patients’ lives, allowing then to learn the many life components that influence health.

Such interactions have produced physicians who not only fully understand the physiological components of disease, but also recognize the psychosocial elements of health care and do not, therefore, neglect to focus on patients’ emotional as well as physical needs. Many of these physicians ultimately choose primary care medicine for their life’s work and opt to work in community hospitals because it allows them to develop lifelong relationships with their patients.

Today, the College of Human Medicine is considered one of the nation’s leading medical schools for educating excellent primary care physicians.

And it all began with Dr. Andrew Hunt, whose vision of what medical practice and medical training should be has become a standard for medical practitioners and educational institutions to attain.

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