Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

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Western Michigan University
Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Former names
Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
Type Private
Established 2012 (2012)
Chairperson John M. Dunn, EdD
Dean Hal B. Jenson, MD
Students 114
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
42°17′23″N 85°34′45″W / 42.2896°N 85.5791°W / 42.2896; -85.5791Coordinates: 42°17′23″N 85°34′45″W / 42.2896°N 85.5791°W / 42.2896; -85.5791
Campus Urban
Colors Brown and Gold
Affiliations Borgess Health, Bronson Healthcare, Western Michigan University, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, CentraCare, Family Health Center, Van Andel Institute Graduate School, West Michigan Air Care, West Michigan Cancer Center, Gift of Life, Association of American Medical Colleges
Website med.wmich.edu

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is a private nonprofit medical school located in Kalamazoo, in the US state of Michigan. WMed was established in 2012, and confers the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. WMed is a collaboration between Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The school holds provisional status accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The inaugural class of 54 students started in August 2014.

WMed is a private nonprofit school supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, student tuition, and endowment income. In March 2011, Western Michigan University received a gift of $100 million for the medical school from the Stryker family.


WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is housed in four locations in Kalamazoo, Michigan including a medical education facility on Portage Street in downtown Kalamazoo, and clinical sites on Oakland Drive, the Family Health Center on Paterson Street, and on the Borgess Medical Center Campus on Shaffer Street. The home of the new medical school includes the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Clinics, a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus, and a seven-story 350,000 square foot educational building in downtown Kalamazoo that was donated by MPI Research. Located on the new W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, the educational building underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project and opened in June 2014. A second phase of renovations began in 2015 to provide basic science laboratory research space and equipment.[2]


The city of Kalamazoo, Michigan has a history in education, health care, research and life science exploration – all of which are assets for the development of a new medical school. Recognizing these assets, in 2007 the new president of Western Michigan University, John M. Dunn, challenged the community to consider the possibility of developing a medical school during his first academic convocation and state of the university address that October. Dunn's address sparked community interest and within six weeks a Medical School Feasibility Committee was formed. Consultants were retained to conduct detailed feasibility assessments in 2008 with funding provided by the local Kalamazoo Community Foundation. By January 2009, the feasibility studies confirmed what Dunn had observed during his short time in southwest Michigan – Kalamazoo has substantial existing assets and the necessary building blocks for developing an outstanding medical school.

With a commitment of collaboration from Western Michigan University, Borgess Health, and Bronson Healthcare, the medical school moved from merely an idea to a planned approach for development of Western Michigan University School of Medicine (WMed). In November 2009, an anonymous donation of $1.8 million was made to support efforts to plan for the new medical school. A committee composed of the chief executive officers of Borgess Health, Bronson Healthcare, and the president of Western Michigan University began to meet regularly to guide the development process. In 2010, WMed was awarded Applicant Status by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a search committee was developed to recruit the school's founding dean, and Jack Luderer, MD was named interim dean. A Steering and Visioning Committee, later renamed the Institutional Setting Committee, included a broader group of the senior leadership of the three organizations. Following a national search with multiple on-site interviews of the candidates, Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA was named as the founding dean of Western Michigan University School of Medicine in January 2011 and began March 22, 2011.

In March 2011, WMed received a $100 million anonymous cash gift.[3] This anonymous gift was the largest ever made to a Michigan college or university, among the 10 largest cash gifts ever made to an American public university, and the 15th largest cash gift in the history of American higher education. The gift proceeds remain invested in a dedicated reserve and both the investment return and principal is available for the unrestricted use of WMed.

December 8, 2011 marked another major milestone in the history of WMed. At the WMU Board of Trustees meeting, William U. Parfet, the chairman and chief executive officer of MPI Research and the great-grandson of W.E. Upjohn, donated to WMU a 330,000 square foot building located in downtown Kalamazoo that will serve as the future home of WMed.[4] This property, which is on the original plot of land acquired by W.E. Upjohn to begin the Upjohn Co., housed at the very research facility where Motrin, Xanax, Halcion, Rogaine, and Zyvox were discovered. Locally known as Pfizer Building 267, the property is adjacent to Bronson and only three miles from Borgess, two miles from WMU, and the WMed Oakland Drive campus.

In October 12, 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the new medical school building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, which opened in June 2014, two months prior to the arrival of WMed's first medical school class in August 2014. During the groundbreaking ceremony, Dean Jenson announced that WMed was granted preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, an important step, as WMed moves forward to recruit its first class of medical students.

Today, WMed, has 206 MD and DO resident physicians training in the following residency programs: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Transitional Year programs, along with a Sports Medicine Fellowship and an EMS Fellowship. WMed has utilized electronic medical patient records since 2002 and provides a state-of-the-art Simulation Center for resident and medical student training that is one of the largest in the country.

On March 11, 2014, the University announced that the school would be named in honor of Dr. Homer Stryker, the Kalamazoo orthopaedic surgeon and medical device innovator who founded the Stryker Corporation.[5] At the same time it was announced that the original $100 Million gift for the foundation of the school had been donated by Stryker's granddaughter, Ronda Stryker, and her husband, William Johnston.

Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (MSU/KCMS)[edit]

The Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (MSU/KCMS) Board of Directors approved the merger of the institution into WMed effective July 1, 2012. Under the terms of the merger, all MSU/KCMS operations, programs, personnel and facilities are wholly merged into and become part of WMed. This merger included the clinical education and patient care programs, administrative functions, 223 staff, 200 residents and 61 full-time employed faculty. In addition, there are more than 420 clinical faculty members as physicians in the community who volunteer their time and extend the educational experiences for medical students and residents into their private offices.

1946 In 1946, The Upjohn Company, The Kalamazoo Foundation and The W.E. Upjohn Trustee Corporation contributed to a grant establishing the first graduate medical education program in Kalamazoo: a residency in internal medicine at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Shortly thereafter, Borgess Medical Center began its internship and residency training programs.

1958 For many years, Borgess and Bronson independently offered numerous internship and residency programs. In 1966, the first joint residency between hospitals - the Orthopaedic Surgery Program - was created.

The selfless contributions of people like Dr. Curtis Hanson, who proposed this program and subsequently served 24 years as the Orthopaedic Residency Program chief, created a rich heritage for the medical community in Kalamazoo. Given the success of the ortho residency and a shared desire to strengthen graduate medical education in Kalamazoo, in 1973 both hospitals agreed to form a joint venture, non-profit organization devoted to medical education: the Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center (SMAHEC). SMAHEC's corporate structure was not conducive to responding to national changes in health care. In 1989, the organization restructured, with the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University added as a corporation partner, and reemerged under a new name: Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.

In 1994, the clinics and administrative offices, which had been scattered throughout the city, came together under one roof.

2012 Kalamazoo's two health systems - Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare - have decades of collaboration in providing undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education in Kalamazoo. Indeed, Kalamazoo has lacked only the first two years of medical school. The senior leaders from both health systems, along with the president of WMU, recognized that a medical school best positions southwest Michigan to provide the latest care to patients and remain a leader in health care for generations to come. A medical school culture fosters medical advancement as faculty are actively engaged in discovery and moving medical care forward while the best medical students catalyze the system through youthful inquisitiveness. A medical school attracts the intellectual talent that Kalamazoo and the region require to remain competitive. Stryker, Pfizer, MPI Research, Perrigo and the younger life science start-up companies best illustrate the local culture of innovation and discovery. But there is a need for continuous infusion of new talent and innovation to be competitive in the global market place. A medical school provides this foundation.

Effective July 1, 2012 the MSU/KCMS organization was merged into the medical school. The merger included the clinical education and patient care programs, administrative functions, faculty, staff and significant infrastructure.


Medical school[edit]

In 2012, WMU School of Medicine was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME),[6] the national accrediting body for educational programs leading to the MD degree. The LCME determined that the medical school meets the standards outlined in the LCME document, "Guidelines for New and Developing Medical Schools." This is important because the medical school was able to continue with its development efforts, to recruit students and accept applications for its first class that started in August 2014.

Graduate medical education[edit]

Residency programs at WMed are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The family medicine[7] and internal medicine[8] residencies are dually accredited by the ACGME and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The traditional internship is accredited by the AOA.[9]

Continuing education[edit]

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education (CE) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The medical school can approve CME activities for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.


  1. ^ "Visual Identity Program" (PDF). Western Michigan University. January 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Associated Press. "WMU med school construction to be done by June 13". Kansas City Business. 
  3. ^ Eller, Laura. "School of Medicine announces accreditation at groundbreaking". WMU News. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Zerilli, Ursula (October 12, 2012). "WMU Medical School receives approval to recruit students; groundbreaking held for $68-million renovation". MLive. 
  5. ^ "WMU School of Medicine will be named for medical device pioneer | WMed". Med.wmich.edu. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  6. ^ "LCME-Accredited MD Programs in the United States". Medical School Directory. Liaison Committee on Medical Education. 
  7. ^ "MSUCOM/Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine - Family Medicine Residency". American Osteopathic Association. 
  8. ^ "MSUCOM/Western Michigan University School of Med - Internal Medicine Residency". American Osteopathic Association. 
  9. ^ "Western Michigan University School of Medicine". Michigan State University, Statewide Campus System. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 

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