Facts at a Glance

Our Mission

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.

  • The MSU College of Human Medicine has a combined enrollment (over all three blocks) of approximately 732 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

  • Six College of Human Medicine medical school teaching hospitals ranked in 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 six 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. Faculty are actively involved with teaching, clinical practice, and research. More than 3300 adjunct faculty provide students and residents with training in the specialties through traditional teaching, hospital rounds, and clinical participation.

Student Life

The College of Human Medicine seeks a class that is academically competent, reflective of the rural and urban character of Michigan, and representative of a wide spectrum of personalities, backgrounds, and talents. Disadvantaged, nontraditional, and minority students are encouraged to apply. Entering students have significant clinical experience, meaningful community service, leadership qualities, and exposure to research. The average age of entering students is 24 (range: 20 to mid-40s). Some have completed postbaccalaureate studies or hold advanced degrees; others are nontraditional students changing professional direction.

Students are very active in special interest groups, student government, committees, and branches of national organizations. Students volunteer in a variety of clinical settings at all of the campuses and communities, as well as international locales.


The curriculum integrates basic biological, behavioral, and social sciences using a developmental approach to learning; early teaching of clinical skills and clinical training utilizing a community-integrated  approach. Students also explore challenges that confront physicians both individually and as members of society, and begin to understand patients and the practice of medicine in a psychosocial context.


The college evaluation system consistently provides a broad spectrum of specific performance feedback to the individual student to guide their own development. Markers in preclinical courses are pass, conditional pass, or no pass. Clinical students receive honors, pass, conditional pass, and no pass. Students must pass USMLE Step I and Step II (licensing exam) to progress in the curriculum and graduate.


Our graduates are recognized for their comfort with, and readiness for, advancing clinical responsibility; their well-developed patient-physician communication skills, and their understanding of the patient in context of the culture and community. While there is broad representation across clinical specialties, many graduates choose primary care residencies.

Students are not ranked within clerkships or for residency, but they are assigned one of six performance categories in the MSPE (from Outstanding at the top to Marginal at the bottom) reflecting the number of Honors, Pass, Conditional Pass, and No Pass grades they received in the clinical program.  The total number of students assigned to each performance category is reported in one of the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) addenda.

  • Click here to see where the past five classes of graduates went for their residencies.