MSU Pact Streamlines Access for Alma Pre-med Students
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced an agreement with Alma College that will provide an enhanced opportunity for Alma's pre-med students to attend medical school.
Preference for the Early Assurance Program (EAP) for medical school admission will be given to deserving Alma students interested in caring for under-served populations.
"Alma College is a mission-oriented college that shares the medical school’s core values,” said Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, MSU College of Human Medicine dean. “We are confident that Alma College’s EAP candidates will 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."
From left: Jerry Kooiman, assistant dean for external affairs, MSU College of Human Medicine; Jeff Abernathy, president, Alma College; Dr. Marcia D. Rappley, dean, MSU College of Human Medicine; Michael Selmon, provost, Alma College; and Karen Ball, professor of integrative physiology and health science and director of Alma's Integrated Health Studies Institute.
As part of the EAP agreement, up to two admission slots per year will be reserved for Alma College students in the MSU College of Human Medicine's entering class. Last year, MSU received more than 6,250 applications for 200 available seats.
“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 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 will 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 EAP and the admissions criteria of the college may apply to the College of Human Medicine. Selected students will be assured of admission and begin a relationship with MSU College of Human Medicine during their senior year of college.
The MSU College of Human Medicine’s partnership with Alma College is part of a growing network of collaborations MSU has established with statewide institutions with a long-term vision for enhancing health care throughout Michigan. Up to 30 medical school seats are reserved each year for graduates of Michigan’s private and public colleges and universities (15 percent of 200 students) participating in the EAP.
Other colleges and universities participating in the EAP are: Hope College, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Saginaw Valley State University, Kettering University, The University of Michigan–Flint, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Grand Valley State University, and a related opportunity for undergraduate students at Michigan State University.
In 2011, Alma College launched the Integrated Health Studies Institute to
help students discover their career interests with increased practical
experience and contact with health professionals. Students can major in several health-related programs at Alma, including integrative physiology and health science, biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, environmental science and healthcare administration.
Posted: Mon, February 20th, 2012 at 2:08PM