Deadline Approaching for MSU CHM Pipeline Program


Attention all GVSU Pre-Med Students: if you are interested in getting involved in MSU College of Human Medicine’s Pipeline Program, there’s still time to apply!

The program is for high school students from Grand Rapids Innovation Central High School. These students will be matched wtih 15 qualified GVSU undergraduate students for the duration of the program. GVSU students will also be connected to current medical students. Special consideration will be given to GVSU students who come from a disadvantaged background, but applications from all those interested are welcome.

The program will run from January 20 – March 22, 2017, meeting every Wednesday from 3:00 – 5:30 PM at the Secchia Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Transportation is not provided, but parking will be validated for the ramp below the building.

During the first 30 minutes of each session, medical students, undergraduate students, and high school students will meet together informally. Formal sessions will begin at 3:30pm. During the sessions medical students and undergraduate students will co-instruct and collaboratively lead the sessions.

Sessions will include interactive activities and discussions to work on existing academic skills, introduce new professional skills and increase health and science knowledge. As a mentor in the pipeline program, you will participate in several activities including medical and public health activities, guest speakers, and creative projects.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to impact the lives of high school students as well as gain important experiences that will be valuable to your personal growth and development as a future medical student!

To apply, please fill out the application form and submit it by December 5, 2016 at 5:oo PM


PhD/Postdoc Blog Series

Interested in pursuing a PhD?

Check out this PhD/Postdoc Blog series sponsored by  Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST)  through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This blog will feature scientists at different stages of career development as they explore and plan for their next steps!

Over the course of six months, Yeonwoo Lebovitz, Anthony Franchini, Megan Duffy, and Celia Fernandez will give monthly updates on their progress.

New posts will be posted every Wednesday.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) application is now open!

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program has expanded for the Summer of 2017 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.

This free academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in the health professions is hosted at 13 institutions across the United States.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the program’s goal is to increase diversity in the health professions. The program offers the following experiences:

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences
  • Career development activities
  • Learning and study skills seminars
  • Exposure to clinical settings
  • Workshops on financial planning and health policy

The curriculum will also expose participants to concepts and the practice of Interprofessional education.

The application for this program closes on March 1, 2017, however, there is a also an early admission deadline on February 1.

If you are interested, it is strongly encouraged that you apply early.

For more information about SMDEP, click here.

Application Available for Student Summer Scholars (S3)


As of last Tuesday, November, 1, applications for Student Summer Scholars (S3) and Modified Student Summer Scholars (MS3) are officially available!

The S3 Program provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 Grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies.

The MS3 Program is a half-time program similar to S3 reserved for lower division students and first year transfers.

Both programs are administered through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

Applications are available online, and will be accepted through January 27, 2017.

For more information, click here.

MSUCHM EAP Information Session

In case you haven’t already heard, we will be holding an information session about our Early Assurance Program with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Tomorrow,  November, 2, from 7-9 PM in Loutit Lecture Hall 101.

This event is geared toward students who are planning to start medical school in Fall of 2018, and are interested in working with underserved populations and communities, and/or specializing in Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics or Internal Medicine.


Exercise is Medicine Keynote Speaker

Join the Movement Science Department, Tuesday, November 1, for their event, “Exercise is Medicine: The Underfilled Prescription,” from 9:30 – 11:30 AM in the Kirkof Grand River Room.

The formal presentation, which starts at 10:00 AM, will be proceeded by a meet and greet and Q&A session with the keynote speaker, Dr. Barry Franklin.

Dr. Franklin is the Director of Preventative Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital. He also holds adjunct faculty positions at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

His research combines exercise physiology, preventative cardiology and lifestyle medicine and he is passionate about the health benefits of exercise, providing professional advice or guidance and mentoring undergraduate students.

This is a great opportunity to get 1-on-1 time with Dr. Franklin and to hear a dynamic and passionate speaker.

To see the official event flyer, click here.

What Successful Pre-Meds Do Freshman Year

Ever wonder what successful Pre-Med students do their freshman year?

As a Freshman it is really hard to try and get everything lined up for the next couple of years especially since you are just starting a new school. Many medical students remember it being really hard to figure out what they needed to do during their first year in college to prepare as a premed student.

Check out this blog by PreMedLifeStaff to find out what you should be doing to prepare!