Like any college, the students are the heart and soul of CHM and we feel we have some of the brightest, most talented future physicians in the nation. As we look forward to a new year, we're sure the incoming class of 2018 will follow suit.
Our #SpartanMD's achieved much this year, not only across East Lansing and Grand Rapids, but across the globe.
We're proud that the CHM student body took on so much this year in a variety of directions. Considering the many different roles (like teammate, employee, tutor or even mother, father, scholar, researcher, navy medic, and board member) each CHM student can play in their daily lives, staff and faculty have the opportunity to witness them take the role of student very seriously.
Yet, as a community-based medical school, we also have the opportunity to witness students contribute to their communities in a variety of ways, from hosting benefits like the inaugural Flintstone Challenge 5K this past May to lending helping hands (and feet) a month later for the college's inaugural Gran Fondo cycling event, benefitting skin cancer research.
But there were also a few events that were far from being inaugural. Thousands of students across the country work hard to reach a certain milestone in a medical student's education. Gathering with their loved ones, fourth-year students celebrated Match Day, as will a brand new batch of future physicians this upcoming Spring.
This past October, students also took to Secchia Center for the annual MSU College of Human Medicine Black Tie/Green Heart Gala, where they were accompanied by some of the most influential companies and individuals in Grand Rapids.
Beyond doing what we can for the students (like simply allowing them to relax for a bit), there was a lot going on even for the staff and faculty. Two CHM professors, for example, were named fellows for the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women of color for senior leadership roles in academic health and science institutions.
Looking forward to 2014, the College of Human Medicine's 50th Anniversary, there's more to feel excited about.
Here, at the Office of Admissions in particular, we look forward to helping and reviewing more tremendous applicants, vying for spots in the aforementioned incoming class. With a semi-rolling admissions process, acceptances will be given in stages and interviews will be held through April.
Some applicants receive notifications early while others may not receive notice until the end of the cycle, so patience is appreciated.
There's much to look forward to. We hope you are as excited as we are. On that note, we wish you a prosperous new year! See you on the other end!