The College of Medicine (CMED) at Central Michigan University (CMU) changed the composition, research focus, and dynamics of CMU in many new ways.
“In September of 2008, the Board of Trustees voted to establish a medical school, citing the long-term benefits to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in various academic divisions of CMU and the institution’s responsibility to help Michigan prepare for an impending shortage of physicians. The University has appointed an interim dean, who begins his duties on July 1, 2009. Numerous feasibility studies demonstrating CMU’s strength in the basic sciences, library resources and instructional technology, coupled with programs within The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and the College of Science and Technology, provided a strong foundation to establish a medical school that meets the accreditation standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The University is in the process of reaching agreements with appropriate health care organizations. The program as currently envisioned will have a rural focus with a hybrid instructional model in a clinical context, and the School will be housed in an addition that is being planned to the existing Health Professions Building.” (CMU. Board of Trustees minutes, Special formal session, p. 3 (5477 bond version), May 14, 2009. The vote occurred on Sept. 18, 2008, p. 18 (5389)).
Initial votes and plans for CMED began during the tenure of President Mike Rao. In spring of 2009 interim president Julie Wallace announced to campus faculty and staff plans for a medical school that would bring CMU increased research funding, publications, prestige and recognition, and make it more competitive for state funding enjoyed by the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University, all of which had medical colleges.
The process for accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), an organization that provides accreditation for medical education nationwide, began in 2009. CMED held its official building and program opening ceremony on September 21, 2012 during the tenure of President Ross.
The Mission of CMED is to “prepare physicians focused on improving access to high quality health care in Michigan with an emphasis on rural and medically underserved regions. Our graduates will aspire to excellence in providing patient-centered and evidenced-based care to their patients and communities. We will engage physicians in leading health care transformation, lifelong learning, and team-based education.” (This information is from a poster in collection.)