GRCC in Early Assurance Program at MSU med school

June 29, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Grand Valley State University have agreed to a cooperative program of premedical/medical education in which Grand Rapids Community College students who transfer to GVSU will have the opportunity for an early assurance of admission to the medical school.

The Early Assurance Program became official at an agreement signing ceremony involving the three schools at GRCC last week.

The program is for GRCC students who transfer to GVSU in pre-med and are interested in serving traditionally underserved populations. These students will receive academic advising directed at admission to MSU College of Human Medicine, and will be enrolled in a program of enriching clinical and service experiences in preparation for admission.

Under the agreement, the medical school is increasing the EAP seats it reserves for GVSU from five to six in order to include an opportunity for students who have transferred from GRCC to GVSU in pre-med.

In the fall of 2011, MSU administrators received more than 6,250 applicants for the 200 seats available for first-year students at the medical school. In addition to GRCC and GVSU, 11 other colleges and universities, including MSU itself, participate in the program. GRCC is the first community college to be part of an Early Assurance Program agreement.

Preference for EAP admission will be given to former GRCC students who apply to GVSU and may not otherwise be familiar with what goes into preparing for the premedical and medical school application processes. These students must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • They are a first-generation college student.

  • They graduate from an underserved high school as defined by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

  • They are eligible for or a recipient of an undergraduate PELL or institutional need-based grant.

  • They graduate from an urban or rural area deemed to be underserved by health care professionals.

  • They demonstrate interest in a high-need medical specialty area.

Nick Monsma, a GVSU senior who attended the signing, will be the first student to enroll in the program. Monsma, a Grand Rapids native and a biomedical sciences major, attended GRCC, then transferred to GVSU. “I think this is an amazing opportunity,” he said.

Gilda Gely, GRCC provost, Gayle R. Davis, GVSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Kim Wilcox, MSU provost, and Marsha D. Rappley, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine, were joined by other school administrators at the signing.

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