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The Central Michigan University College of Medicine celebrated the grand opening of the standardized patient and clinical simulation center Friday. The center has two major components: the standardized patient center and the simulation center. The standardized patient center consists of people portraying a patient who experiences various symptoms and illnesses.
The Institutional Review Board has appointed College of Medicine fixed-term faculty member Leaden Hickman to serve as interim coordinator following leadership changes earlier this month. In accordance with federal requirements, the board was created to oversee institutional research at Central Michigan University, specifically research involving human experimentation. “In the review process, we look at ethical concerns, scientific validity and legality,” said Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs John McGrath.
Completing a regional survey and creating an advisory board are the future initiatives for the Mid-Michigan Area Health Education Center at Central Michigan University. Executive Director Lisa Hadden leads the program, which was created in 2010 by a federal grant to recruit and train a health care workforce in Michigan. “We believe this program is much-needed, as Michigan is suffering from a shortage of professionals in almost all fields in health care,” Hadden said via email.
Central Michigan University's College of Medicine announced Tuesday that it has achieved 80 percent of its $25 million fundraising goal. Kathy Wilbur, vice president of development and external relations, said in a news release the fundraising efforts, which were finalized this week, have pushed the campaign beyond $20 million two years into a five-year campaign. "(CMED surpassing its fundraising goals will) positively benefit the families of central and northern Michigan communities as we train new primary care doctors to practice in this region," Wilbur said in the release. CMED Dean Ernest Yoder said he is pleased with the progress the college has made in reaching its fundraising goal. "I'm very excited about (reaching the 80 percent mark); I think it puts us in good position to reach our goals over a short period of time," he said. Yoder said CMED continuing to have a strong relationship with the community and the dedication of the fundraising teams, as well as volunteers working together, will be crucial in order to raise the remaining funds. "I am hopeful that we will reach our goal by the time the first CMED class starts in August," he said. Donations to CMED will be put toward scholarships, facilities and operations, as outlined in the news release. “We appreciate our donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, sharing our vision and interest in helping create a unique medical education model,” Wilbur said.
A sagging economy, a university lacking direction and leadership of a fledgling medical school greeted George Ross in March 2010. “The faculty and staff were and remain hardworking, dedicated individuals, but the university lacked direction,” the Central Michigan University president wrote in his recent self-assessment report. The 17-page report by Ross, obtained by Central Michigan Life following the December board of trustees meeting, outlines goals and expectations placed on him upon his December 2009 appointment, while also serving as a defense for a hectic, and at times mistake-driven, 2011-12 academic year. In the report, Ross blamed a weak state and national economy on future enrollment efforts and declining state appropriations but also said it “formed the backdrop of other challenges facing CMU.” When he started in March 2010, 15 of the university’s 39 senior officers were working on an interim basis, including Provost Gary Shapiro. “The university had suspended its strategic planning process in Spring 2009,” Ross wrote.
Central Michigan University's College of Medicine recently received additional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The ACGME is the largest organization in the nation responsible for awarding accreditation to residency programs and has granted five-year institutional accreditation to CMED's residency programs associated with CMU's Medical Education Partners: Covenant HealthCare and St.
The College of Medicine has achieved an additional step in its journey to full accreditation. According to a Friday news release, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national accrediting authority for medical education programs, notified the university of its vote to continue preliminary accreditation status earlier this afternoon, following initial preliminary accreditation on Feb.
A list of six goals were outlined for the Office of Information Technology at the beginning of the year and progress toward those goals is going according to plan, said Roger Rehm, vice president for information technology. The first goal, as outlined in the executive summary of the OIT annual report, is to support the opening of the College of Medicine. Rehm said admissions and support systems for desktops and classrooms are all set.
With winter fast approaching, the graduate student housing project is more than 50-percent complete. "The goal is to try to get it all sealed up for winter," Lawrence said.
Maybe it takes enrollment numbers to make some realize that there is a big problem at Central Michigan University. We used to have strong, individual qualities, but recently they are becoming less and less frequent, and it's noticeable. CMU has become a generic university.
Future College of Medicine students can begin to make financial plans now that they know what it will cost. The board's committee for the College of Medicine met Thursday morning to provide updates on its progress, looking forward to its first inaugural class in August 2013.
Almost $3.7 million of university funds will go toward supporting the highest priority programs from University Provost Gary Shapiro's academic prioritization recommendations in 2011. Academic prioritization began as a joint project between Shapiro and University President George Ross.
Anyone who spent more than a few hours on the campus of Central Michigan University during the 2011-12 academic year could tell things weren't going well. From a faculty strike, a $10 million lie, lack of transparency about the College of Medicine and a website that is nothing to brag about, there were plenty of leadership problems. That begs the question, will the leadership issues change this semester? While that's an unanswerable question for the time being, there there have been moves to make transparency and communication key at this university. The summer resignation of Associate Vice President of University Communications Renee Walker might be the most positive move to happen at CMU in years. From gaffes during University President George Ross' speech to media during the FA strike, the new CMU website, or even hiding a $10 million allocation to the Events Center, Walker and University Communications had its hands in all of CMU's problems and managed to be more of a detriment than help. As one CM Life editorial said, "when there is a job that needs to be done wrong, University Communications is the right office to call." Sherry Knight, interim vice president of University Communications, taking over of the office could be a breath of fresh air, but it's too soon to tell, as nothing serious has happened yet. Meanwhile, there is still hope that the Shared Governance Committee, made up faculty, staff and administration, can sort out the multitude of leadership issues this campus faces. Here's what I can promise this year at Central Michigan Life: just because there isn't a pending union strike and contract negotiations doesn't mean that our vigilant watchdog efforts have changed. We will continue to push for public transparency from public institutions and public officials. This year is quite important to the future of this university as major decisions are made on the College of Medicine, the Biosciences Building and the Graduate Student Union begins bargaining. After the tumultuous academic year of 2011-12, it's more important than ever to question and have open discussion when decisions are made. Ross has said communication will be key this year, and if he holds his word, that means there won't be a College of Medicine pulled on to campus through the veil of night, and we would be aware that CMU allocated $10 million to the “Student Tuition Arena." But if communication is indeed key now, it's time to start talking and making legitimate changes at this university.
Central Michigan University is planning a search for a new associate dean for student affairs for the College of Medicine. The current associate dean, Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, accepted a job as associate dean for student affairs and admission at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. Alvord’s last day at CMU is Aug.
The College of Medicine added some new faces this summer. Two members have been added to the College of Medicine admissions committee in preparation for the selection of the inaugural class. Chris Austin was named director of admissions.
The former president of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce will soon be working with mid-Michigan Area Health Education. Lisa Hadden, who announced her resignation from her position as president July 12, will “create the mid-Michigan Area Health Education Center at Central Michigan University,” CMU said in a press release Monday. Hadden said she is excited that the position combines her years of experience in community development and her years spent in health professions education. “The reason I was attracted to it was that it combines heath care administration and health professions with community development,” she said.
Central Michigan University’s Health Services is now a part of the College of Medicine. In a release sent out Tuesday by CMU, “the partnership will give UHS and its patients direct access to CMED’s newly formed clinical practices.” The release said the UHS will “renew its focus on raising awareness of the health care resources available to students on campus, such as preventive advice, counseling services and immunizations … UHS also will assess ways to address barriers to care such as being underinsured or uninsured.” CMED dean Ernest Yoder said the idea for this came from his own experiences in health services at Wayne State University.
The head of Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine said Thursday he was aware of Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord’s interest in going to Arizona. “She’s going home,” dean Ernest Yoder said.
Central Michigan University announced Wednesday the resignation of Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, associate dean of student affairs for the College of Medicine. In a statement, CMED dean Ernest Yoder said Alvord has accepted a job as associate dean of student affairs and admission at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine.