New faces on campus: MSU College of Human Medicine students to be trained in the U.P.

The 10 students who were selected to take part in the Rural Physician Program at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus are pictured. (Graphic courtesy of MSU College of Human Medicine)

MARQUETTE — The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus is welcoming new students this year.

This year, 10 third-year medical students were selected to come to the U.P. campus to participate in the Rural Physician Program, which “trains students to become outstanding physicians with the clinical skills needed to meet the needs of rural Michigan,” according to a news release.

Students will receive clinical training at UP Health System-Marquette, as well as other communities and hospitals across the U.P.

“We are excited to welcome this class of students,” said Community Assistant Dean, Stuart Johnson, DO, in a news release. “They have been engaged in clinical encounters with patients regularly since the first few weeks in medical school — we look forward to seeing what they have learned and helping them on their journey.”

The Upper Peninsula campus is one of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s seven clinical campuses throughout the state.

The U.P. Campus is affiliated with the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, a three-year unopposed program for physicians pursuing family medicine. Resident physicians provide students with support, guidance and insight into the journey of becoming a health care provider.

“We are excited for another group of extremely bright students to join us in Marquette to complete their final years of medical school in the Upper Peninsula,” said Director of Student Programs for the UP Clinical Campus, Susan Tincknell. “These students will be working with our dedicated physician preceptors who provide outstanding medical education.”

The incoming class of medical students includes Emily Bush (Hammond, New York), Joshua Cole (Dorr, Michigan), Erik Gammon (Brooklyn, Michigan), Tyler Janish (Prescott, Michigan), Alex Lucas (Marquette), Erin McKenzie (Hancock), John Mroz (Cedar Springs, Michigan), Sarah Naracon (Felch), Natalie Thompson (Gladstone) and Jennifer Wickens (Tustin, Michigan).

“The majority of these students are originally from Michigan, with four U.P. natives, and one out-of-state,” Tincknell said. “Many of these students come back to the area to practice after their residency training, and we couldn’t be happier about that.”

To learn more about the MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Campus, visit http://www.mgh.org/for-healthcare-professionals/msu-college-of-human-medicine-up-campus

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Upper Peninsula Region, works in conjunction with UP Health System-Marquette to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its inception in 1978, 310 medical students and 210 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs.


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