A select group of medical students will begin their third year of study practicing in Sanilac and Lapeer Counties as a result of a 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 July 6, Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, warmly welcomed 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. Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System are one of many CCC sites in the state working in partnership with the CMU College of Medicine.
At Marlette Regional Hospital, Abby Fredrickson of West Ishpeming, MI and Kristen Palomba of Romeo, MI are working in partnership with Dr. Jabir Akhtar in Marlette serving patients’ family health care needs. Abby completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Michigan University and earned a degree in biology with a physiology emphasis. Kristen completed her undergraduate studies at CMU and earned a degree in biomedical sciences. Lastly, Alicia Aleardi of Macomb County, MI is working in partnership with Dr. William Starbird in North Branch serving patients’ family health care needs. Alicia completed her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University and earned a degree in psychology with a concentration in health.
“This is our opportunity to show the medical students what a great place this can be for them to practice when they complete their schooling. Please join with me in welcoming Alicia, Abby, and Kristen to our communities,” remarks Marlette Regional Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Dan Babcock.
At McKenzie Health System, Thomas Ferreri of Santa Monica, CA and Goodrich, MI and Nasir Hussain of Toronto, ON are working in partnership with Dr. Michael Merkler in Sandusky serving patients’ family health care needs. Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and earned a degree in biomolecular science. Nasir completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and earned a degree in health and disease. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Research and Epidemiology from McMaster University.
“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 31, 2015. Please help us welcome these students to our communities.