MSU College of Human Medicine

MSU College of Human Medicine was founded in 1964 in response to Michigan's need for primary care physicians. It was the first community-integrated medical school, with a curriculum that emphasized a patient-centered philosophy and a biopsychosocial approach to caring for patients. Founding faculty held the philosophies of William Osler and Francis Peabody, 19th-century physicians who asserted, "the secret to the care for the patient is caring for the patient," an attitude that continues to guide the school’s curriculum and policies to this day.

The college continues to teach students to focus on patients’ individual needs while developing an understanding of medical science and medicine’s place in society. MSU College of Human Medicine encourages a cooperative and collaborative learning environment. This, combined with individual attention within a comfortable class size of approximately 150 students, helps students maintain their passion and personal well-being as they confront the rigorous demands of medical education.

A Community-Based Experience

As a community-based medical school, the College of Human Medicine is uniquely positioned to provide students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that parallel most closely the environment in which many physicians practice. During the third and fourth year of the program (Block III), students complete a series of required and elective clerkships at one of MSU’s seven community-based program sites. The sites are located in:

Each community program is aligned with area hospitals and outpatient facilities that join MSU in creating a rich educational environment for students. All community programs offer electives in both specialty and subspecialty areas. Research opportunities are also available.

Culture of Caring

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