At a recent 50th anniversary celebration of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MSU-CHM Dean Marsha Rappley, MD, (center) posed with medical students who are currently training at the Upper Peninsula campus based at Marquette General.
In recognition of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 50th anniversary, Marquette General and MSU co-hosted a special Business After Hours recently at Northern Michigan University.
About 300 area health care professionals, physicians, MSU alumni, academics, business leaders and community members joined Michigan State University President Lou Ann Simon, PhD, MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha Rappley, MD, and Marquette General CEO Ed Banos in the celebration.
Marquette General has a long, successful history of collaborating with the MSU College of Human Medicine to train future physicians. Marquette General hosts two medical education programs that fall under the MSU College of Human Medicine umbrella: MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region and the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program. These programs together have graduated more than 400 physicians, 125 of whom have returned to care for patients right here in the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region is one of six clinical campuses throughout the state where MSU-CHM students experience their clinical education. Upon completion of their two preclinical years at either the MSU campus in East Lansing or in Grand Rapids, up to 12 Rural Physician Program students head to the Upper Peninsula to experience two years of clinical education, completing many of their required clerkships at Marquette General.
The Marquette-based regional campus was established in 1974 in order to address the rural physician shortage in Michigan and specifically here in the remote Upper Peninsula.
The Rural Physician Program, developed by the Upper Peninsula Region campus, was designed to enhance the primary-care experience and focus on community integration for students. The cornerstone of the program is eight weeks spent in a rural community at the end of the third year. The students live in their assigned community for the two months, usually splitting time between two family physicians. Students work with the physicians in all patient care settings, including the office, the hospital, nursing homes, or doing home visits together.
Twelve students are selected for this program each year. Students are selected based on their interest in rural health, prior life-experience in rural areas, and personal fit with the program.
UP Region students also have the option to participate in the optional Compass Certificate Program, a northern wilderness emergency and sports medicine program.
The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1977 as a result of efforts led by local nephrologist Dr. Dan Mazzuchi. The program was founded to provide young doctors with medical experience in the rural setting, and like the medical school, helped to combat the shortage of physicians in the Upper Peninsula.
The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program is a dually accredited three-year program that trains both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. Graduates of the program are qualified to manage the full spectrum of family medicine. The program’s intimate size allows for tailored training to meet the individual needs of each resident. Training takes place at Marquette General Hospital, within outpatient clinics as well as at rural sites throughout the Upper Peninsula. The program accepts six residents per year.
The most recent graduating class saw four physicians, all Michigan State University alumni, opting to remain in the UP to practice. Those graduates include:
- Tim LaBonte, MD, a native of Laurium and MSU CHM graduate, joined the Portage Health team at the Lake Linden clinic.
- Tom Massie, MD, of Ishpeming, spent the clinical portion of medical school training in the Upper Peninsula as part of the MSU CHM UP Region. Dr. Massie has joined Sound Physicians and is part of the Hospitalist team at Marquette General.
- Michelle Seguin, MD, of Iron Mountain, also earned her medical degree from the MSU CHM UP Region. Dr. Seguin now provides outpatient family medicine at Portage Health’s clinic in Hancock.
- Tara Varoni, DO, of Manistique, earned her medical degree from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tara plans to join the Marquette General team at Doctors Park Family Physicians later this year.
As Marquette General celebrates this special 50th anniversary with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine we look forward to future collaborations that will help to enhance the quality of life in the UP by providing healthcare career opportunities for our young people and training physicians interested in serving rural and underserved communities.