MSU, Providence hospital plan Metro area medical school

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Southfield — Michigan State University, home to two medical schools, is partnering with Providence-Providence Park Hospital to establish its first medical school campus in southeast Michigan, officials announced Tuesday.

The partnership creates the seventh community campus for MSU College of Human Medicine.

The first cohort of third- and fourth-year students will begin in July 2016 and eventually will number 60 in total, said Dr. Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Human Medicine.

“MSU, the college of human medicine and Providence share a lot of interest in taking care of the community and provide high-quality care,” Sousa said. “It’s something we wanted our students to see and be a part of.”

In a statement, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said the partnership “is the result of shared goals to educate medical students within a health care system that values quality and provides care to a diverse population of patients.”

MSU has two medical schools: the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The new campus will be made up of students from the college of human medicine. Already, Sousa said, there are students in the osteopathic college at Providence.

The hospital’s director of students, Valerie Overholt, will be community assistant dean for the new campus.

Peter Karadjoff, president of Providence-Providence Park Hospital-Novi, said the new campus will help with physician recruitment in the region.

“This new effort will provide MSU’s third- and fourth-year medical students a chance to study and live in an area of the state where many come from and where we hope they’d like to return to practice medicine someday, Karadjoff said in a statement.

Providence-Providence Park Hospital is part of St. John Providence. The College of Human Medicine has community campuses in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Midland, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula.