SOURCE: Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University

December 02, 2010 16:02 ET

CMU's College of Medicine Teams Up With Saginaw Medical Providers

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI--(Marketwire - December 2, 2010) - Following more than two years of exploration, comprehensive study and due diligence, Central Michigan University will establish a relationship with Synergy Medical Education Alliance, Covenant Healthcare and St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw, Mich., through its College of Medicine.

The CMU Board of Trustees, at its Dec. 2 meeting, voted unanimously to establish a new 501(c)(3) Michigan nonprofit corporation, Central Health Advancement Solutions, to serve as the University's participant in clinical practice entities and medical education relationships.

The boards of St. Mary's of Michigan and Synergy Medical Education Alliance must approve the agreement. It is anticipated that the required board approvals will be secured by mid-December. Covenant Healthcare's board has already approved the agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, if approved, CMU will join in the Synergy Medical Education Alliance partnership and the organization will be renamed CMU Medical Education Partners.

CMU has been engaged in the Saginaw community since the 1970s providing extended and distance learning programs and remains committed to enhancing its engagement through a facility in the Saginaw area to support medical education and clinical practice needs.

In other College of Medicine action, CMU trustees established a Doctor of Medicine degree. The four-year curriculum, with an emphasis on placing doctors in rural settings, will focus on evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, team-based learning and practice, and self-directed lifelong learning.

To view today's PowerPoint presentation to the board visit http://www.cmich.edu/documents/college_of_medicine/collegeofmedicinepresentation_120210.pdf.

To learn more about CMU's College of Medicine visit http://www.cmich.edu/med.

For additional news from Central Michigan University, visit the CMU Media Channel at http://www.cmich.edu/mediachannel.