State ties strong in CMU’s second College of Medicine class

Ninety percent are Michigan residents
CMU College of Medicine

The second class of Central Michigan University College of Medicine students mirrors the inaugural class, with 90 percent from the state and more than a quarter from central and northern Michigan.

At 104 students, the second class is larger than the inaugural class of 64. Each future class will consist of 104 students. The second class starts Monday, Aug. 4, with a week of orientation that will conclude with a private white coat ceremony.

“We had a larger number of applicants, and we had a larger number of individuals apply from Michigan, which was a pleasant surprise,” College of Medicine Dean Ernie Yoder said. “The quality of the applicants continues to be excellent, from both the academic perspective and from the personal perspective.

“In other words, the kinds of people we see applying and accepting are exactly the kind of people we expected to come to CMU based on our mission to supply high-quality primary care physicians to medically underserved areas.”

Director of Admissions Chris Austin said 3,007 students applied for admission, and 40 percent were from Michigan.  The incoming class has an average undergraduate grade point average of 3.63 and an average Medical College Admissions Test score of 28, well above the 2013 national average of 25.3.

Austin said nine students in the second class are CMU graduates. Twenty-seven are University of Michigan graduates and 16 have undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University. Austin noted that the numbers will not be final until the students arrive in August, but he does not expect significant changes.

Madeline Palmer, a member of the inaugural class, said she will tell new students to remember why they chose medical school and to lean on classmates when they feel stressed.

“Some things were much more challenging than what I expected, and some were less,” she said. “I had this idea where everyone was going to be so intense. Instead, we have become really close.”

The CMU College of Medicine is the nation’s 137th medical school, created to address an anticipated shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians in Michigan by 2020.

Students spend their first two years of study on CMU’s main campus in a state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot-facility. The third and fourth years will be spent in clinical training at a number of medical facilities across central and northern Michigan, including Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw.

A $25 million, 46,000-square-foot College of Medicine educational facility is under construction on the Covenant HealthCare campus in Saginaw. Construction will be complete by May 2015, in time for the inaugural students’ third year of study.