Friday, December 27, 2013

Reflections From CHM Admissions While Looking Forward To A Brand New Year

It's the closing of a new year and we, here at the College of Human Medicine Office of Admissions, reflect on a terrific 2013.

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.

Beyond reviewing applicants, we look forward to events like Second Look Day. The Office of Admissions is also currently setting up respective social media and planning a new website for 2014, so give us a follow and stay tuned.

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!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Health & Wellness Team Offer Fun, Relaxing Activities to Help CHM Students Unwind During Finals

Throughout medical school, students can spend much of their time studying—exerting a good amount of mental energy taking in gulps here and swigs there of information that, well,  took humans quite a bit of time to accumulate.

Yet studying can be most rigorous when proficiency with school curriculum is to be displayed. So the most intense stressful times during medical school focus around final examinations.
Sure, finals can be stressful.
Asking themselves what they could do to help alleviate some of that stress, the MSU College of Human Medicine Office of Student Affairs set out to give our terrific medical students an opportunity to sit back and, yes, unwind if at least for a bit.
It’s all part of helping our CHM students succeed, even if that’s helping them catch a breather and have a little fun in the process.
The Health & Wellness Team, comprised of MSU Faculty: Judith Brady, PhD; Laura Bennett, MA; and Patricia Brewer, PhD, among other Office of Student Affairs staff, created a week-long series of activities during exam week to reduce stress and allow the students in both Grand Rapids and East Lansing contingents a solid, meaningful break.
Attempting to supply activities for everyone, the week-long initiative has included art therapy, chair massages, mindfulness exercises, perpetual coffee and snacks, pet therapy, relaxation exercises, an ugly sweater holiday gathering and even yoga classes.
CHM students take in a variety of stress-free events during finals week
Created in the fall of 2011, the Health & Wellness team began planning such activities, not only as a way to reduce stress, but also as a way to promote adjustment for first- and second-year students, some of which come from as far as California and Canada.

So far, the week is working.
Direct stress reduction has been noted by the students in their feedback since the initiative’s inception. In 2012, close to 90% of those who responded said stress was indeed reduced. Additionally, over 90% strongly agreed that the activities put on by the Health & Wellness Team made them feel cared for and valued.
Students wrote statements such as, “I so appreciated the care and effort CHM put into my health and well-being during finals week.  It reminded me how lucky I am to be a CHM student.”
Another respondent said, “This program was just proof to us students that CHM cares and loves us!”
Many students even believed that the activities were beneficial to their learning beyond finals week. Over 60% strongly agreed the activities helped them gain practice insight.
“It was interesting to consider incorporating activities into future patient care,” said one respondent.
The Health & Wellness Team thought that it to be so successful, they plan to incorporate activities in the spring as well as the students themselves were enthusiastic to supply suggestions for future activities.
As far as this week, the Health & Wellness team incorporated past activities such as Therapy Dogs and yoga with massages and coffee breaks among do-it-yourself activities like “Make Your Own Stress Ball” and “Make Your Own Trail Mix,” sponsored by the Lake Michigan Credit Union.
CHM students try their hand at making the perfect trail mix to their liking.

Only time will tell what the Health & Wellness team comes up with next.

Good luck with finals!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Provost Approves to Grant In-State Tuition to Service Members and Their Families; CHM Participates In “Joining Forces”

The MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) was among an impressive list of medical schools to participate in Joining Forces Wellness Week this year, bringing awareness to the unique health care needs facing our military members and their families.

Beginning on Veteran’s Day, the week-long initiative beginning on Nov. 11th saw over 100 medical schools across the entire country addressing those needs by holding various events such as clinics, seminars, and symposia to go along with a national webinar series—hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges—focusing on a variety of military health-related topics.

At Michigan State University, CHM hosted a Joining Forces presentation by 1st Lt. Stephanie Boltrick on Nov. 12th called “Understanding Our Veteran Population: Unique Considerations for Health Professionals,” which was simultaneously being shown live to Grand Rapids’ Secchia Center contingent.

“Through Joining Forces, medical schools and teaching hospitals are ensuring that today’s medical students—and tomorrow’s doctors—will be well prepared to care for those who have served our country,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO in a statement.

“The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are conducting important research in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury that will improve the health and overall wellness of America’s service members, veterans, and their families,” Kirch added.

Beyond East Lansing, many additional Michigan medical schools also participated in Joining Forces, hosting their own respective events. But the Joining Forces initiative was actually the second commitment to veteran’s by Michigan universities in consecutive weeks.

On Nov. 8th, The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan announced all of Michigan’s 15 public universities would be providing in-state tuition for all veterans, regardless of their state of residency or active duty status.

In the past, in-state tuition was only being offered to active duty military members and their dependents. Now, veterans as well as their family members will be granted similar benefits, “ensuring that all who have and currently serve our nation in the military, from any state in the nation, can attend any of Michigan’s highly regarded public universities at in-state tuition rates,” read a statement by The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

The MSU’s Office of the Provost approved the pledge to change the Out-of-State tuition regulations, which will go into effect spring 2014.

So what does that mean for a potential CHM applicant who has served in the military?

Costs for enrolling at CHM are comparable with medical schools across the country, though there can be a considerable degree of varying amounts as it pertains to in-state and out-of-state tuition at MSU.

In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges recently released a fact sheet titled “Medical Student Education: Debt, Costs, and Loan Repayment Fact Card” regarding medical student debt.

The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition can potentially exceed $100,000 over the
course of acquiring an MD degree. So, the move to allow serviceman and servicewoman in-state tuition is one of great benefit for our veterans and their families.

Twenty states have laws waiving in-state residency requirements for veterans and seven have policies doing so, according to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Essentially, the hope for CHM is that more medical students will have the opportunity to participate in Joining Forces down the road and learn how to care for veterans…just like themselves.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

AMCAS Application for 2014 MSU CHM Enrollment Due Nov. 1st

If you can see the MSU College of Human Medicine as a possible home to pursue your MD degree come next fall, don't forget to submit your AMCAS® (American Medical College Application Service) application by Friday, November 1st.

AMCAS is a centralized application processing service provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges available to applicants to the first-year entering classes at participating U.S. medical schools.

Many of the US medical schools whom grant Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees utilize AMCAS as a primary application method, thus requiring AMCAS submissions.

As stated on the AMCAS website, "Regardless of the number of medical schools to which you apply, you submit just one online application to AMCAS." However, "AMCAS does not render any admission decisions and does not advise applicants where to apply."

An overview of the 2014 AMCAS application including important information on coursework and transcripts, letters of evaluation, and criminal background checks can be found at

You can also find a video presentation for potential applicants below:

More information on the admissions process for the College of Human Medicine as well as information on how to become a competitive applicant can be found by visiting the official CHM Office of Admissions website.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Casting Clinic Provides CHM Students an Opportunity to Lend A Hand...Literally

The experience of being an MSU College of Human Medicine student is a challenging yet rewarding one. CHM students can have a lot on their plates journeying to become productive physicians who are respected across the state and country.
Naturally, there's much to learn at CHM and students regularly take advantage of opportunities to practice many of the procedures they'll be implementing one day as full-fledged Spartan MD's.

Clinics, lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops are all great opportunities for students to get better insight into those procedures.

One such workshop was put on by the Family Medicine Interest Group last Tuesday evening. Students were invited to attend a special casting clinic to learn how to place an arm castsomething they may come to be very familiar with as family practitioners.

Experienced physicians from CHM and Sparrow Hospital were joined on the East Lansing campus by several Block I and II students at the Radiology Building Auditorium. After enjoying some pizza, the demonstration began as attendees were shown proper technique and given solid pointers to make the experience easier for them as well as their future patients.

CHM Students are first taught how place an arm cast before they pair up practice themselves.

Following the quick example by participating physicians, students were then given some supplies and instructed to partner up.

It was their turn!

With the instructors providing supervision, students were able to lend a hand in putting into practice what they had just been taught.

The aspiring doctors had fun in this informal session and did well in producing their own casts. Those who have the unfortunate circumstance of a future including an injured arm will, on the other hand (no pun intended), be fortunate to have any of these future physicians.

For more information on the College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine, please click here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wear Your Black Tie. Bring Your Green Heart.

The area's most influential companies and individuals will be among doctors, alumni, donors, sponsors and friends alike when the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Black Tie/Green Heart Gala 2013 commences this Friday.

Yet perhaps playing the most pivotal role of the evening are the medical students, themselves. CHM's student-body naturally plays a major part in this special evening. Taking on host and hostess duties, students also wear the hat (or in this case, white coats) of ambassadors exemplifying the MSU College of Human Medicine mission.

As the signature annual fundraising event for the College of Human Medicine, the 2013 Black Tie/Green Heart Gala benefits local medical education and research. Since the first gala in 2008, the events have raised more than $1 million for student scholarships and research.
The gala hosts over 1,000 guests and will be held in downtown Grand Rapids along the beautiful Grand River at DeVos Place.

Ultimately, this is a great time for attendees to experience the mission-minded focus of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Watch this video below for a glimpse of a past gala. Two words: Flash. Mob.

Even Dean Rappley gets in on the fun at the 2011 Black Tie/Green Gala

For more information on the 2013 Black Tie/Green Heart Gala, click here.

Friday also kicks off Homecoming 2013 for MSU. While the festivites carry on back on campus, the strong Spartan spirit will be sure to make its way to Grand Rapids as the medical students actively engage attendees at this glamorous evening of dinner, drinks and entertainment.

Go Green!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Important Dates to Remember

The admissions process is well underway here at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Office of Admissions. Here are some important dates going forward that, if considering MSU as a home for your medical study, you may like to take note of:

October 15th, 2013:
Earliest Regular Acceptance Decisions

November 1st, 2013:
Regular and MD/PhD AMCAS Applications Due

November 30th, 2013:
Regular and MD/PhD Secondary Applications Due

East Lansing Interviews
October 18th
November 1st
November 22nd
January 17th
February 21st
April 11th (EA)

Grand Rapids Interviews
October 4th
October 25th
November 8th
November 21st (Thurs)
February 14th
February 28th

MCAT Release Dates
October 1st
October 8th
October 15th

Click here for more information on the MSU College of Human Medicine. For more information on admissions to the College of Human Medicine, please go to Here, you will find information about applying to the College of Human Medicine as well as how to become a competitive applicant among more.