MSU, Lake Superior State University pact paves way for premed students
EAST LANSING, Mich. - An agreement signed by Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine will provide an enhanced opportunity for LSSU premed students to attend medical school, specifically those interested in practicing in an underserved area of medicine.
(Media-Newswire.com) - EAST LANSING, Mich. — An agreement signed by Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine will provide an enhanced opportunity for LSSU premed students to attend medical school, specifically those interested in practicing in an underserved area of medicine.
The partnership's goal is to make a substantial contribution to the physician work force and enhance LSSU's presence as a partner in the Upper Peninsula's health care community. MSU's College of Human Medicine will benefit by being ensured of a continued pipeline of well-qualified students who likely will return to northern Michigan to practice.
The LSSU-MSU Early Assurance Program provides preference to students who likely are to practice in an underserved geographic area or those who express interest in a high-need medical specialty area.
"This program will be extremely beneficial to our premed program at Lake State and will put primary care physicians into the Upper Peninsula pipeline," said Nancy Kirkpatrick, head of LSSU's Biology Department and a student adviser. "It is a win-win situation."
Kirkpatrick noted LSSU students have long been known for their performance in medical school, and this new agreement will encourage even more students to take that path. In 2009, six LSSU students applied to various professional schools and all six were accepted, some at more than one school, including MSU's College of Human Medicine, as well as schools of dentistry and optometry.
"Our early assurance program supports the mission of our college," said Marsha D. Rappley, dean of the College of Human Medicine. "Together with Lake Superior State University, we will enhance our communities in the Upper Peninsula by offering medical school admission opportunities to local students and responding to the needs of the medically underserved."
The program will start immediately with LSSU students who are intending to graduate in 2011. MSU will begin with one seat reserved for this program with LSSU.
Lake Superior State University joins the University of Michigan-Flint, 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.
Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for more than 150 years. MSU is known internationally as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Its 17 degree-granting colleges attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving.
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