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Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
15 Michigan St. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 234-267
Email address
School Information
"The headquarters for MSU College of Human Medicine is along the Grand Rapids Medical Mile, a corridor of collaborative health science education, academic biomedical research and general clinical and specialty hospital care. The $90 million, privately funded MSU Secchia Center opened in 2010 featuring a state-of-the-art simulation center where students acquire skills for curricular learning in clinical settings. Near the Secchia Center is the MSU Grand Rapids Innovation Park where the college’s Research Center houses 33 biomedical research teams focused on the discovery of new treatments and therapies for the world’s most challenging health conditions and diseases." "For their first and second years, students receive their medical education in either East Lansing, on the MSU campus, or in Grand Rapids, at the Secchia Center. After completing the Early Clinical Experience and Middle Clinical Experience, students join a community campus for their Late Clinical Experience, rotating at any of 9 primary teaching hospitals and 57 community hospitals statewide." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy states, "CHM Office of Admissions and the Committee on Admissions uses a holistic review process in its efforts to identify applicants from a broad range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate alignment with the mission of the college."
  • The college's 2023-2030 Strategic Plan states that the college would "Recruit, engage and support diverse students into varied career pathways and specialties."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy states that the "CHM Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will collaborate to assess and integrate education on diversity and inclusion into the curriculum to better prepare students to address health disparities in their work and promote a work environment that fosters inclusivity." Additionally, "The CHM Curriculum Committee will approve the addition of required curricular content, including content that addresses: Social determinants of health, health disparities, health equity" and "Cultural humility, cultural competency, structural competency, conscious and unconscious bias."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy states the following regarding diversity training: "CHM Leadership, faculty and staff participate in periodic implicit bias training. Standing committee members, including, but not limited to, those serving on the Committee on Admissions, Curriculum Committee, Reappointment Promotion and Tenure Committee, College Advisory Committee, designated search committees, and other major college subcommittees will complete annual implicit bias training."
Program and Research Funding
  • The mission of the college's Center for Bioethics and Social Justice is to "educate health professionals with skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to contribute to a world in which health practices are equitable, inclusive, and bolstered by conditions of social justice."
  • The college's 2023-2030 Strategic Plan states that the college would "Recruit and retain research faculty focused on health equity" and prioritize "faculty with health equity research portfolios and interests who are also underrepresented in medicine."
  • One of the goals of the college's 2023-2030 Strategic Plan is to "Advance our contributions to research and scholarship and make health equity a research specialization of the college." The Plan also states that the college would "Encourage research that connects to health equity and [a] social justice agenda."
  • The college's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion’s DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Grand Rounds are "typically hosted on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. ET."
  • On December 15, 2022, the college's news site reported, "While Black Americans suffer a disproportionate number of neurological diseases and resultant deaths, the reason is not due to biological differences in the races but to racism, a recent article coauthored by a College of Human Medicine professor concluded."
  • The college's 2023-2030 Strategic Plan recommends a "requirement that every unit within the college have a health equity component in their unit goals that could be further tied to the chair/director/unit lead’s annual evaluation."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 30, 2023, the college published its response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies and stated the following: “For much of the country, this week will be remembered for the Supreme Court’s reversal of long-standing policy on race-based admissions. I have only spent a few hours reading parts of the opinions and media analysis of the decision, so I am no expert. I am concerned about the impact on the educational opportunities of students we admit to the college and federal programs that support important initiatives. Our admissions process is already in compliance with the ruling. Our state made this change years ago, and across three deans our dedication has not wavered, and our energy has never flagged. As the law changes with this court or prior proposals, our dedication to the mission of the College of Human Medicine persists and our efforts to provide a physician, public health, and science workforce for all the people of Michigan is undaunted."
Last updated July 17th, 2023
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