Central Michigan University adds surgical residency program
Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine now offers a seventh specialty to medical residents as it works to fill the state’s physician shortage. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved the school’s surgical residency, meaning CMU medical students can stay in the area instead of moving away to train to become surgeons.
“We now have an access pathway to recruit trained surgeons to stay in the area. Statistically two-thirds of people that are medical students and surgical residents stay and practice in that area,” said Surgical Discipline Chair and Professor of Surgery Dr. John Blebea.
The school’s other specialties include: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, podiatry, and psychiatry. CMU Medical Education Partners, a collaboration among CMU, St. Mary’s of Michigan and Covenant HealthCare, will oversee the program.