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Health system partnering with med school

July 19, 2019
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Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A health system in the region is partnering with a medical school to host students in their clinical rotations.

Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph will allow students from Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine to complete clinical rotations at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph and Lakeland Hospital Niles, along with other surrounding facilities. CMU medical students began taking part in family medicine rotations at Lakeland last year.

“The addition of Spectrum Health Lakeland as an affiliate of the College of Medicine allows us another opportunity to train students in Michigan, with a focus on rural and underserved communities,” said Dr. Steve Vance, CMU associate dean of clinical education.

Twenty-four CMU medical students eventually will be based at Spectrum Health Lakeland for the third and fourth years of their training. They learn alongside residents in internal medicine, family medicine and emergency medicine.

“Over the past few years, the graduate medical education department at Spectrum Health Lakeland has focused diligently on training future physicians in our community through program growth and strategic partnerships,” said Dr. Michelino Mancini, chief academic officer for Spectrum Health Lakeland.

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