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Trustees heard updates on several infrastructure projects during the board of trustees' newly opened committee meetings Wednesday. Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of Facilities Management, requested permission from the board on proposed renovations to Pearce and Powers halls totaling $24.5 million.
The compensation package for Nehad El-Sawi, former associate dean of Medical Education and Faculty Development for the College of Medicine, totals $238,691.76 as part of her resignation agreement. The information was obtained from documents acquired by Central Michigan Life in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.
The College of Medicine will not open its doors to the first crop of medical students until 2013.
Dr. Ernest Yoder, founding dean of the College of Medicine, recommended a year-long delay for the project to further prepare for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation.
University President George Ross notified the campus community in an e-mail Tuesday morning.
“It will provide sufficient time to prepare for the stringent accrediting process,” Ross said in an interview with Central Michigan Life.
In the Jan. 31 editorial, the resignation of Dr. Nehad El-Sawi, associate dean of the College of Medicine, was said to be no reason to worry for the future of CMU’s College of Medicine. But an e-mail sent to students Tuesday prompts one to say otherwise. The e-mail sent out to all CMU students by President George Ross said the opening of the college has been deferred from fall 2012 to fall 2013. And this is a reason to worry.
The opening of the College of Medicine will be delayed a year, according to an e-mail from University President George Ross sent Tuesday morning.
The delay is a recommendation of Dr. Ernest Yoder, founding dean, to further prepare for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation.
Universities all over Michigan are scrubbing up their curriculums with new medical schools. CMU's College of Medicine is "on track" both structurally and financially, according to administrators close to the project. Dr. Ernest Yoder, the college's founding dean, said the project has received positive attention and $1,035,000 has so far been raised. The amount is about $35,000 more than first reported by CM Life in September.
The accreditation process for the College of Medicine will not be affected by Dr. Nehad El-Sawi’s resignation as associate dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development. Dr. Ernest Yoder, founding dean of the college, said El-Sawi’s job responsibilities have been re-assigned until her replacement is hired. She led the faculty search team for hiring faculty, Yoder said, but the process will not slow down with her departure.
Dr. Nehad El-Sawi’s resignation may be an organizational hiccup in the process of hiring faculty for the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, but her absence is no portent of doom the project. University officials said El-Sawi’s Jan. 25 departure was a personnel issue they cannot fully comment on, though it was reportedly her choice to quit her position as the associate dean for Medical Education and Faculty Development.
Dr. Nehad El-Sawi has resigned her position with the Central Michigan University College of Medicine. El-Sawi, who was the associate dean for medical education and faculty development, tendered her resignation effective Jan. 25, according to an internal e-mail sent by Provost E. Gary Shapiro Friday morning. Steve Smith, director of public relations, said El-Sawi’s departure is a personnel issue.
Nehad El-Sawi, associate dean of medical education and faculty development for the College of Medicine, resigned from her position as of Tuesday.
El-Sawi's position was announced by Provost E. Gary Shapiro on May 10, and was slated to have a yearly salary of $200,000.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling mandating that medical schools must pay for their residents’ social security taxes, Central Michigan University will not be affected. Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that full-time medical residents in training are employees, not students; therefore, they are subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes. This national cost is estimated at $700 million a year, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dean of the College of Medicine Ernest Yoder said this ruling will have no impact on CMU and the College of Medicine for the foreseeable future.
The appointments of Dr. Patricia A. Maryland and William R. Kanine to the CMU Board of Trustees have proven the College of Medicine will continue to be CMU’s main priority years down the line. Maryland is president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System and Kanine is a certified public accountant who serves on the College of Medicine steering committee.
Preliminary plans for graduate housing facilities now include a scope, layout and cost estimate.
But many details must be filled in before the February board of trustees meeting.
The Michigan Legislature’s $30 million allocation to the university for a biosciences building will compliment the existing academic programs and enhance the educational experience for students.
The new building would also be a very timely addition since costly structural problems continue to develop in Brooks Hall, and the number of science-related majors have spiked at CMU since approval of the College of Medicine.
Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine has officially partnered with Synergy Medical Education Alliance. The partnership’s goal is to provide clinical education for the College of Medicine’s students. earlier this month from the board of trustees, the university has created a 501(c)3 corporation with Synergy today, a Saginaw-based organization which coordinates medical education efforts in the area, according to a statement from the university.
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.”
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.
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.
Faculty and staff are preparing to evaluate their programs, rank them and determine future funding.
The provost’s office has initiated an academic prioritization process through which programs will be ranked in order of importance and need for funding.
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?