Facts & Statistics
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad. We enhance our communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.
As the nation's pioneer in community-based medical education, the College of Human Medicine is uniquely positioned to provide students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environment in which many physicians practice.
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine blends the strengths of community-based medical education with the power of scientific discovery as part of a Big Ten research university, creating excellence in education and care. We enhance our communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.
A major focus of our mission is to educate physicians who want to work with underserved populations (rural, inner city), particularly within Michigan. As a community-based medical school, clinical practice, medical education, and research take place across seven campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers.
We are ranked sixth of 141 U.S. medical schools for our overall social mission - of graduating MDs from minority backgrounds, who practice in primary care or who work in underserved areas. As a community-focused medical school, we believe in exposing our students to real world medicine and diverse populations that match the public health challenges faced by all physicians in the medical profession.
At the College of Human Medicine, the emphasis is on cooperation, not competition. Our students work closely together throughout their four years of medical school. Students, faculty, and staff pride themselves on the cooperative and supportive atmosphere that exists here.
- The MSU College of Human Medicine has a combined enrollment of approximately 850 students
- The College of Human Medicine ranked sixth in the nationwide study, The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools, which compared medical school statistics for doctors who are minorities, practice primary care, and work in underserved areas
- A record 368 College of Human Medicine faculty were named to the Best Doctors in America list in 2012
- Six College of Human Medicine medical school teaching hospitals ranked in the top 5% in the nation
- The College of Human Medicine sponsors or is affiliated with 59 graduate medical education programs and 872 residents
- The College of Human Medicine has a presence in over 50 inpatient institutions in seven communities, with more than 11,000 hospital beds, 350,000 admissions per year, and the associated outpatient activity
- The college has nearly 600 full-time faculty in its clinical and basic science departments and community campuses.
- The College of Human Medicine was chosen as one of the pilot schools to study the best curricular and assessment strategies around thirteen Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residents, a new initiative of the AAMC aimed at best preparing medical school graduates for the first day of residency.
- More than 3300 adjunct faculty provide students and residents with training in the specialties through traditional teaching, hospital rounds, and clinical participation.
The Committee on Admissions does not prefer one major to another. Approximately two-thirds of any entering class will have earned traditional science degrees, but other students will have earned degrees in engineering, nursing, English, music, art, religion, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, business, and other areas.
Primary Care vs. Specialty Care
Our historical roots are founded in educating primary care physicians for the state of Michigan. As the college has evolved, its mission has broadened. While it is true that many graduates choose to pursue a career in primary care, our students also pursue careers in medical specialties. In fact, there have been graduating classes where more than half of all graduates entered specialty residencies.
The curriculum for the first two years of medical school is delivered at either the East Lansing or Grand Rapids preclinical campus. The East Lansing campus is located at one of the largest and most diverse universities in the country, Michigan State University. The Grand Rapids campus is based at the Secchia Center, located in the rapidly expanding health sciences corridor in downtown Grand Rapids.
Throughout a student's four years at the college, they are in communities similar to those in which most physicians work, gaining valuable practical experience for their future careers. While in these communities, students receive clinical training in both ambulatory and hospital settings.