Sandusky, Mich. – A select group of medical students have begun their third year of study practicing in Sanilac and Lapeer Counties as a result of a relatively new partnership with the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine. The CMU College of Medicine has a strong desire to provide a sustainable supply of highly-trained physicians to underserved regions of Michigan and the Midwest.
On January 18, McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, will warmly welcome five CMU medical students to their facilities and communities. These students will work in partnership with clinical physicians and staff as part of a six-month program called the Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) that aims to expand upon their previous two years of classroom studies. McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital are two of many CCC sites in the state working in partnership with the CMU College of Medicine.
At Marlette Regional Hospital, Simhadri Botta of Grand Blanc, MI and Powell Graham of Cambridge, MA will work in partnership with Dr. Jabir Akhtar in Marlette serving patients’ family health care needs. Simhadri completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and earned a degree in neuroscience. Powell completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and earned a degree in human evolutionary sciences. Lastly, Arielle Hancu of Toronto, ON will work alongside Dr. William Starbird in North Branch serving patients’ family health care needs. Arielle completed her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English literature, respectively.
“The Roman philosopher Seneca said, ‘While we teach, we learn.'” Hosting the medical students not only provides them a chance to learn how to practice medicine, it also helps our physicians stay sharp and informed. In this way we all receive a great benefit by participating in the program. We welcome Simhadri, Powell, and Arielle to our communities, and we look forward to showing them how we meet the needs of our patients,” remarks Marlette Regional Hospital’s CEO Dan Babcock.
At McKenzie Health System, Patric Knecht of Fenton, MI and Alison MacKenzie of Bloomfield Hills, MI will work in partnership with Dr. James Sams in Sandusky serving patients’ family health care needs. Patric completed his undergraduate studies at Colorado College and earned a degree in philosophy. Alison completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and earned a degree in anthropology.
“Hands-on training is vital to the development of well-trained medical professionals,” said Steve Barnett, President and CEO of McKenzie Health System. “We look forward to these bright, dedicated, and talented individuals working with us over the next 6 months. Participation in the CCC benefits not only the interns, but McKenzie Health System and the local economy as well.”
These students will work in partnership with Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System through July 1, 2016. Please help us welcome these students to our communities!