College of

Michigan State University signs agreement with Alma College for Early Assurance Program for premed students

February 20, 2012

The Saginaw News (article)

Alma College joins growing statewide pipeline of med students for MSU College of Human Medicine 

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced an agreement with Alma College that will provide an enhanced opportunity for the private college’s premedical students to attend medical school. 

Alma College President Jeff Abernathy, Ph.D., and Provost Michael Selmon, Ph.D., welcomed MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., to finalize the Early Assurance Program for admissions at a ceremony Monday.

Preference for the Early Assurance Program will be given to deserving students and students interested in caring for underserved populations. 

"Alma College is a mission-oriented college that shares our medical school’s core values,” said Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. “We are confident that Alma College’s Early Assurance Program candidates will bring the rigor of a superb liberal arts and science education along with a passion for serving others that is needed in the physicians for our future." 

For its 2011 entering class, MSU College of Human Medicine received more than 6,250 applicants for 200 seats available for first-year students. With today’s announcement, up to two admission slots per year will be reserved for Alma College students. MSU College of Human Medicine will now have up to 30 medical school seats reserved each year for graduates of Michigan’s private and public colleges and universities (15% of 200 students) participating in the Early Assurance Program.

“The mission of the Early Assurance Program is a great fit for Alma College and our increased emphasis in health science,” said Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “The program prepares health care professionals to go to under-served areas and fill a healthcare need. It also enhances the interaction our pre-health professional students have with local health professionals in our community. We are extremely pleased to partner with the MSU College of Human Medicine in ways that will benefit our students.”

Candidates for the Early Assurance Program will complete a program of enriching clinical and service experiences, as well as academic advising directed toward admission to MSU College of Human Medicine.  During their junior year, students who fit the mission of the Early Assurance Program and the admissions criteria of the college may apply to the College of Human Medicine. Selected students will be assured of admission and begin a relationship with MSU College of Human Medicine during their senior year of college.  

MSU College of Human Medicine’s partnership with Alma College is part of a growing network of collaborations MSU has established with statewide institutions with a long-term vision for enhancing health care throughout Michigan.  Other colleges and universities participating in the Early Assurance Program are:  Hope College, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Saginaw Valley State University, Kettering University, The University of Michigan–Flint, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Grand Valley State University, and a related opportunity for undergraduate students at Michigan State University. The second group of students in the Early Assurance Program began classes in August 2011 at the College of Human Medicine. 

# # # 

Additional media coverage: Saginaw News and The Morning Sun

Alma College and MSU College of Human Medicine sign Early Assurance 
Program Agreement for pre-med students. 
(L-R) Jerry Kooiman, MSU assistant dean for community engagement, 
Alma College President Jeff Abernathy, Ph.D., 
MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., 
Alma College Provost Michael Selmon, Ph.D. and Alma College 
Chair of Integrative Physiology & Health Science Karen Ball, Ph.D.