The aim of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University is to train primary care physicians
in order to provide superior health care for everyone.
To this end, the school seeks to educate and train competent physicians who are sensitive to the needs of the
medically underserved residents of Michigan and who
will respectfully and tactfully deal with patients and
their families. It is essentially a large university operating in a small college setting. The university’s health
care educational complex incorporates, in addition, an
Allopathic Medical School, a College of Osteopathic
Medicine, and a College of Veterinary Medicine.
4-year semimodern. The curriculum is divided into 3
blocks integrating the basic biological and behavioral
sciences with clinical training and problem-solving
skills. Block I: A 1-year discipline-based experience
that provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the
basic biological and psychological/social sciences,
along with mentor group and early clinical skills training that includes patient contact. Block II: A 1-year
experience in the second year that is problem-based and
learner-centered with the majority of learning occurring in the small group setting. An extended curricular
option for both Blocks I and II is offered at no extra
cost. Block III: An 84-week experience that includes
the traditional clinical clerkships plus core competency
and primary care experiences. This period is spent in 1
of the 6 communities affiliated with the university. Students live in their assigned community for the total
period of required clinical training. Electives may be
taken elsewhere. The community physicians work
closely with community-based faculty members of the
college to provide a unique and highly relevant learning environment.
Minority admissions: Amajor effort is made to include
applicants from inadequately represented geographic,
economic, and ethnic groups. Other degree programs:
Combined MD-MA and MD-PhD programs available
in basic and behavioral science departments by individual arrangement.
Requirements include the basic premedical science
courses, 1 year of English and college algebra plus 8
credits of nonscience courses. Preference is given to
applicants from Michigan. Enrollment of nonresidents
is limited to no more than 20%. Selection based on
GPA, MCAT scores, relevant work experience, and
compatibility with the school’s primary care mission.
Applicants who are highly motivated, have a good ability to communicate, manifest problem-solving skills,
and demonstrate maturity are considered with favor.
The class makeup is sought to be diverse in terms of
background, talents and personalities. An interview is
an essential component of the admission process.
Transfer and advanced standing: Considered when
All grading in the school is Honors/Pass/Fail. A total
passing score on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE is
required for promotion to the third year and graduation,
Teaching: The primary facilities utilized in basic science instruction are Life Sciences Building, Fee Hall,
and Giltner Hall. The Clinical Center is an ambulatory
care facility where students are trained in clinical sciences during the first 2 years of the curriculum.
Students receive their formal clinical training during
the last 2 years in community settings in 18 hospitals
in 6 Michigan communities. Library: Information not
available. Housing: On-campus dormitory rooms and
apartments for both single and married students. There
is also a large selection of off-campus housing.