From left to right: Dr. Thomas Pleger, President LSSU; Dr. Aron Sousa, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, MSU; Jessica Thompson, MSU College of Human Medicine Medical Student; Stacy Cote, Director of Pre-Health Professions Studies, MTU; Dr. Kerri Schuilling, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, NMU; Dr. Matthew Barron, Executive, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its Upper Peninsula higher education partners have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical education by which Bay College students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University or Northern Michigan University will have the opportunity to be granted an enhanced opportunity for admission to MSU College of Human Medicine.
MSU’S Upper Peninsula Early Assurance Program (EAP) expansion was announced Thursday, August 6, at Bay College. MSU College of Human Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Aron Sousa, MD, was joined by Bay College Dean of Arts and Sciences Matthew Barron, PhD, Thomas Pleger, PhD, president, Lake Superior State University, Stacy Cotey, academic advisor and director of pre-health professions, Michigan Technological University and Kerri Schuiling, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Northern Michigan University at the event.
The EAP offers an enhanced opportunity for admission to medical school for Bay College premedical students transferring to any of the three universities. Preference for EAP admission will be given to those former Bay College students who have applied to Lake Superior State University, Michigan Tech, or Northern Michigan University and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- First generation college student
- Graduate of a low-income high school as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
- Eligible for, or a recipient of, an undergraduate PELL or institutional need-based grant
- Graduate from an underserved (health professional shortage) urban or rural area
- Demonstrates interest in a high-need medical specialty or practicing in a medically underserved community
Nationally, admission to medical school is highly competitive. MSU’s Early Assurance Program has helped build a pipeline between the state’s colleges and universities and MSU College of Human Medicine. This year, MSU College of Human Medicine received 6,845 applicants for 190 seats available for first-year students starting this fall, including 18 students entering through EAP.
Since 2011, 18 medical students have entered MSU College of Human Medicine through its Upper Peninsula Early Assurance Program universities, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University.