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The Integrated Program participants announced

Since 2010, the Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, UP Campus has had eleven students participate in The Integrated Program, or TIP. Training and education continues in the fourth year of medical school through the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program. Over 70% of these students are currently practicing or committed to practicing in the Upper Peninsula. “TIP has helped the Family Medicine Residency Program at UP Health System-Marquette stay true to its mission of training physicians who will practice in rural communities, particularly those who stay to provide care to the people of the Upper Peninsula,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, community assistant dean of MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Campus, in a news release. “We are thankful for the sponsors who help make this a successful program.”TIP students are awarded a $20,000 scholarship. The sponsors of TIP provide the needed support to make this program successful. Upper Peninsula Health Plan has funded seven positions to date. Additional funding has been provided by UP Health System, the Portage Health Foundation, and the Superior Health Foundation residency investments. Students who apply to TIP go through an interview process at the residency program. Accepted students gain an early family medicine experience in their fourth year of medical school. Paired with a senior resident, the student becomes familiar with a consistent panel of patients in the clinical setting. This makes assimilation into residency a seamless integration. Current Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus student, Valerie Taglione, joins the ranks of previous UP campus students/Marquette Family Medicine residents, who have participated in TIP. They include: Adam Butcher, MD; James Sawyer, MD PharmD; William Barker, MD; Riley Torreano, MD; Stephanie Rutterbush, MD; Ivy Vachon, MD; Samantha Haken, MD; Tom Massie, Michelle Seguin, MD; and Tim Labonte, MD.