ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to excellence in osteopathic education, research and service through the Statewide Campus System. The college fully prepares osteopathic physicians to respond to public need in a dynamic health care environment.
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine teaches its first- and second-year students at three sites to facilitate access and provide a variety of experience. Two-thirds of these students are on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, and one-third is split evenly between the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township and the Detroit Medical Center downtown.
Two-thirds of MSUCOM's 4,322 living alumni practice in Michigan, and more than half of them are providing primary care medicine - family practice, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics. They are active in almost all of Michigan's counties and all 50 states, serving people in metropolitan, suburban and rural areas. Of 2,845 Michigan alumni, half are in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
More than 85 percent of the students in the 2011 entering class are Michigan residents. The class has 138 females and 178 males; the youngest is 20 and the oldest 42 years. Average MCAT is 8.83 and GPA is 3.6. Recognition of D.O. licensure allows the college to recruit internationally. Amoung the entering class are 14 Canadian students committed to expand the profession there.
To provide high-quality pre- and postdoctoral osteopathic medical education, MSUCOM collaborates with 43 major healthcare institutions and more than 2,800 volunteer clinical faculty throughout our Statewide Campus System. This year 1,610 physicians-in-training are enrolled in 213 SCS programs. Eighty percent of MSUCOM graduates are accepted into SCS programs.
This year MSUCOM's D.O.-Ph.D. program admitted four new students, bringing the enrollment in the program to 21. These are elite students who spend seven or more years in both programs simultaneously, and conduct basic science research as part of their curriculum. After graduation, these physician-scientists bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice in medical schools, universities, or major medical research centers.
Among our alumni are medical school deans, nationally recognized researchers, top-ranking military leaders, persons recognized for their work with the poor and medically underserved, sports physicians for collegiate and professional teams, and consultants involved in high-profile medical care.
MSUCOM faculty are the largest single provider of pediatric care to poor children in Lansing, and provide services at the Ingham County Health Department and at clinics serving the homeless, persons with substance abuse problems and the indigent.
The college provides medical services for the Michigan Special Olympics, has one of eight designated muscular dystrophy/ ALS clinics in the nation, facilitates an immigration clinic, and conducts numerous health screenings and immunization clinics each year.
MSUCOM has a highly distinguished cadre of researchers among its faculty - including three professors who hold endowed chairs, and five MSU University Distinguished Professors. MSUCOM receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other osteopathic college - a testament to the quality of our research.
MSUCOM is involved in a wide variety of international health programs, such as malaria research and clinical care in Malawi, including placing that country's first MRI; neurology and epilepsy care in Zambia; research in Uganda, and the work of the Institute of International Health, which develops collaborations, exchanges, medical missions and research in numerous countries.The college now maintains research, education and clinical care programs on five continents.
Osteopathic medicine embraces the following philosophic principles:
Transitioning to Medical School - Student Advice: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
Three student leaders from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine describe their experiences in making the transition into medical school for the 2012 matriculants.
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