MGH, MSU celebrate medical education partnership

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.

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.

Marquette Family Medicine Residency graduates physicians from program, welcomes new

Photo: The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Class of 2014 includes, from left (back), Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Mandeep Gill, MD, (front) Michelle Seguin, MD, Tara Varoni, DO, and Ashwaty Menon, MD.

Photo: The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Class of 2014 includes, from left (back), Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Mandeep Gill, MD, (front) Michelle Seguin, MD, Tara Varoni, DO, and Ashwaty Menon, MD.

In ceremonies held recently, Mandeep Gill, MD, Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Ashwaty Menon, MD, Michelle Seguin, MD, and Tara Varoni, DO, graduated after completing three years of training with the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a fine group of residents for the last three years and to see how their individual skills strengthened as they advanced through the program,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Director. “While we are sorry to bid farewell to these fantastic individuals, we are pleased that they will be utilizing their outstanding skills with their own patients, some right here in the Upper Peninsula,” said Dr. Johnson.

Mandeep Gill, MD, a native of British Columbia earned his medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada. He will be joining a group near Vancouver in the town of Surrey where he will practice the full scope of family medicine.

Tim LaBonte, MD, an Upper Peninsula native from Laurium, received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. LaBonte will join 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 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Region. Dr. Massie will be joining Sound Physicians and become part of the Hospitalist team right here at Marquette General.

Ashwaty Menon, MD, of New Delhi, India, earned her medical degree from Jawaharial Nehru Medical College in Karnataka, India. Dr. Menon will embark on a one-year hospitalist fellowship in Bismark, North Dakota.

Michelle Seguin, MD, of Iron Mountain, earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she completed the clinical portion of her training at the UP campus. Dr. Seguin will provide outpatient family medicine at Portage Health’s clinic in Hancock.

Tara Varoni, DO, a native of Manistique, earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tara plans to join the Marquette General team at Doctors Park Family Physicians later this year.

As the class of 2014 graduates, the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program also welcomes six new residents who will make up the class of 2017: Priya Alagappan, MD, (Ross University School of Medicine), Samantha “Sami” Haken, MD, (MSU College of Human Medicine); Aaron Cutlip, MD, (MSU College of Human Medicine); Katie Fulcher, DO, (MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine); Tyson Luoma, DO, (MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine); Ivy Vachon, MD, (MSU College of Human Medicine).

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Upper Peninsula Region (formerly the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation) works in conjunction with Marquette General Health System to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its inception in 1978, 242 medical students and 175 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs.

Physician couple joins Marquette General Medical Staff

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Karl Meisel, MD and Lauren Meisel, MD, along with their children Greta and Elsa, enjoying a visit to the shores of Lake Superior.

Karl and Lauren Meisel fell in love with the Upper Peninsula when they did their medical school rotations at Marquette General Hospital from 2005-2007 as part of the Michigan State University Rural Health Program.

The physician couple recently moved back to Marquette with their two daughters – Greta 4, and Elsa, 11 months – to join the Marquette General Medical Staff.

Dr. Lauren Meisel is a pediatrician for Marquette General Pediatric Specialists, and Dr. Karl Meisel is a neurologist for the Marquette General Brain & Spine Center.

“Marquette has been a very welcoming community and we already feel right at home,” said Lauren.

The Meisel family enjoys all the outdoor activities the area has to offer including hiking, biking, and skiing.

Both doctors completed their undergraduate studies at Kalamazoo College, and both went on to Michigan State University to earn their medical degree. They then went on to Brown University to complete their internship and residency. Karl also completed a fellowship at the University of California.

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Click image to view larger. Upper Peninsula natives Chris Dehlin, MD, and Jennifer Dehlin, MD, along with their children Stella and Sam, enjoying the view from Hogback Mountain.

Recruiting physicians like the Meisels, who embrace the culture and spirit of our community, is a high priority of Marquette General, as we strive to redefine healthcare delivery excellence in the Upper Peninsula.

Over the past year, MGH has welcomed more than 20 new specialists to its medical staff. All are committed to our community and its shared values, along with improving access to the highest quality medical care.

“These new physicians represent a significant step forward in our commitment to recruit physicians as part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare,” said Marquette General CEO Gary Muller. “They are an investment in the future of healthcare in our region. Their full-time commitment and dedication to patients will provide enhanced and specialized medical services to the families of the U.P.”

To contact Dr. Karl Meisel’s practice, call (906) 225-3993. Dr. Lauren Meisel’s practice can be reached at (906) 225-3925.

Welcoming Dr. Carrie Hayen

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Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Carrie Hayen comes to Doctors Park Family Physicians from the Physicians Healthcare Network in Lexington, MI, and the Autumnwood Nursing Home Facility in Deckerville, MI.

Dr. Hayen joins the family practice team at Doctors Park Family Physicians, located at 710 S. Lincoln Rd., Suite 100, Escanaba, MI 49829.

• Residency & Internship: Sparrow Hospital
• Medical Degree: Michigan State University
• Master’s Degree: Central Michigan University
• Undergraduate: Central Michigan University

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayen, please call (906) 786-4628.

Ask the Doctors: Women’s Health

Physicians Eric Jentoft, OB/GYN; Jennifer Dehlin, Family Practice; and Heidi Henry, Radiologist join TV13 Media Meet Host Dr. Michael Harl to answer questions from viewers on the topic of women’s health. Topics covered include mammograms, breast imaging, pap smear, yeast rashes, calcium and vitamin D intake, fibroid treatment options, black cohosh for hot flashes, and many others. Click here to watch.