A select group of medical students have begun their third year of study practicing in Sanilac and Lapeer Counties as a result of a 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.
Beginning in July, McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, will warmly welcome four 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. Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System are two of many CCC sites in the state working in partnership with the CMU College of Medicine.
At Marlette Regional Hospital, Colin McCulloch of Hinsdale, IL and Nicholas Scott of Niles, MI will work in partnership with Dr. William Starbird in North Branch and Dr. Jabir Akhtar in Marlette, respectively, serving patients’ family health care needs. Colin completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond and earned a degree in political science. Nicholas completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University and earned a degree in biology.
“Hosting CMU medical students at our hospital has proven to be a great learning opportunity for these students. In addition to gaining hands-on training in the family health care setting, they also learn other disciplines working alongside of medical providers in the emergency, diagnostic, surgical, and physical therapy settings, just to name a few. This clinical rotation allows them to gain a better understanding of the patient experience and the continuum of care. We welcome Colin and Nicholas 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, John Holtrop of Saginaw, MI and Devin Simon of Port Huron, MI will work in partnership with Dr. Mark English in Port Sanilac serving patients’ family health care needs. John completed his undergraduate studies at Saginaw Valley State University and earned a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. Devin completed his undergraduate studies at Saginaw Valley State University as well and earned a degree in biochemistry.
“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 December 2016. Please help us welcome these students to our communities!
Photos: (l to r) Colin McCulloch, Nicholas Scott, John Holtrop, and Devin Simon.