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Partnership with Synergy progresses CMU toward accreditation; alliance effective this January

(12/03/10 5:30am)

Synergy Medical Education Alliance will partner with the new College of Medicine to move the college closer to Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation. The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the partnership, effective Jan. 1, at its meeting Thursday. Dr. Ernest Yoder, the college’s dean, called the partnership an “exciting development.”


Trustees approve Doctor of Medicine Thursday

(12/03/10 4:00am)

One of few remaining steps in establishing the College of Medicine was taken when the Doctor of Medicine program was approved Thursday. The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees decided students will receive M.D. degrees in 2016 if all goes as planned for the college. There is one more step before the program can be approved. In January, the curriculum must be presented to the President’s Council, where all new academic programs must be approved, said Provost Gary Shapiro.


CMU should hold its academic programs to major standards if it is to cost as much as major university

(11/29/10 3:30am)

Annual tuition at CMU is $2,775 above the national average for public 4-year institutions, according to research by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and asking the question “Why?” is imperative. CMU’s annual tuition of $10,380 is $1,457 less than University of Michigan and only $800 less than Michigan State University.



Ryan's Rants: Central Michigan University

(11/17/10 3:00am)

Get your party hats ready — this is the last time you’ll have to see this piece in the paper this semester. That being said, I’d just like to share with you a couple of my gripes from this semester at CMU. First up on the list: the fact that a majority of my tuition does not go toward anything related to my education. Man, I’m so happy I helped fund a medical college and a brand new “Events Center” that replaced an arena similar in size. How about we re-allocate our tuition funds so we have some printing freedom?


College of Medicine coursework approved by A-Senate; academic prioritization forum scheduled for Monday

(11/16/10 10:20am)

A proposed bulletin and courses for the Doctor of Medicine program were approved by the Academic Senate Tuesday. The move is another step toward accreditation, but several senators expressed uneasiness about a lack of specificity in the admission standards and course descriptions.


Colleges give about half of funds to other offices; deans satisfied with process

(11/05/10 6:00am)

There is never enough money to fulfill an academic institution’s wishlist, but deans at Central Michigan University are satisfied with the overall funding model. On average, 54.5 percent of revenue generated by the six colleges at CMU is transferred out of their budgets to fund other entities on campus.



College of Medicine salaries will total $1.37 million annually

(10/20/10 1:39pm)

Dr. Ernest Yoder approached the Board of Trustees last month to report a key accomplishment for the College of Medicine. The college’s founding dean announced the completion of his “dream dean team” after months of searching — a step in the accreditation process for which the university will allocate a total of $1.37 million for salaries.



CMCH merges with McLaren Health Care; no immediate affiliation changes expected

(10/01/10 5:30am)

The merger with Central Michigan Community Hospital and McLaren Health Care won’t prompt any immediate changes to affiliations for CMU’s College of Medicine. CMCH is one of five medical organizations to enter partnerships with the college since plans to pursue the project were announced in September 2008.



Additional on-campus housing for graduate students a step in the right direction

(09/24/10 3:00am)

The board of trustees’ approval of plans for on-campus housing for graduate students Thursday was an encouraging development and a step in the right direction. The shortage of on-campus housing for non-traditional students could see a slight reprieve, as CMU is looking to build an approximately 100-unit building on North Campus, which could house College of Medicine students when the first class of students arrives in 2012.


Dartmouth professor appointed final CMU College of Medicine associate dean

(09/22/10 3:47pm)

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord has been appointed as the fourth and final associate dean for the College of Medicine. Alvord will fill the remaining associate dean of student affairs position. She currently serves as an assistant professor of surgery and psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and as an adjunct assistant professor of comparative literature at Dartmouth College.



Central Michigan University College of Medicine pledged donations close to $1 million

(09/10/10 5:30am)

College of Medicine funding is approaching seven figures and the goal of raising $25 million is still at least three years away. Dr. Ernest Yoder, the college’s dean, said the Capital Campaign, which began in February, has acquired just under $1 million worth of pledged donations.


Six affiliation hospitals signed for Central Michigan University College of Medicine announced at first Academic Senate meeting

(09/07/10 9:15pm)

Several affiliation hospitals were outlined for the College of Medicine Tuesday at the fall semester’s first Academic Senate meeting. Six hospitals have been signed, and 14 or 15 others are in progress, said University President George Ross.


New College of Medicine associate deans prepare for curriculum development

(08/25/10 5:45am)

Two new associate deans are anxious to have a hand in the College of Medicine’s development. In May, Deborah Biggs was appointed associate dean of Administration and Finance, while Nehad El-Sawi was hired as associate dean of Medical Education and Faculty Development. Two new associate deans are anxious to have a hand in the College of Medicine’s development.