In February 2012, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine announced an agreement with Alma College that provides an enhanced opportunity for pre-med students at Alma to attend medical school.
Preference for the Early Assurance Program (EAP) is given to deserving students interested in caring for underserved populations.
“Alma College is a mission-oriented college that shares the medical school’s core values,” said Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, dean of MSU’s College of Human Medicine. “Alma College’s EAP candidates bring the rigor of a superb liberal arts and science education along with a passion for serving others that is needed in the physicians for our future.”
Under the agreement, up to two admission slots per year are reserved for Alma College students. In 2011, MSU received more than 6,250 applicants for 200 seats available for first-year students.
“The mission of the Early Assurance Program is a great fit for Alma College and our increased emphasis in health science,” said Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “The program prepares health care professionals to go to under-served areas and fill a healthcare need. It also enhances the interaction our pre-health professional students have with local health professionals in our community. We are extremely pleased to partner with the MSU College of Human Medicine in ways that will benefit our students.”
Candidates for the EAP complete a program of enriching clinical and service experiences, as well as academic advising directed toward admission to MSU College of Human Medicine. During their junior year in college, students who fit the mission of the Early Assurance Program and the admissions criteria of the college may apply to the College of Human Medicine. Selected students are assured of admission and begin a relationship with MSU College of Human Medicine during their senior year of college.