About Us

The MSU College of Human Medicine has two four-year campuses—in East Lansing and Grand Rapids respectively—educating a total of 800 students. First- and second-year medical students receive their preclinical education in either East Lansing on the campus of Michigan State University, or at the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids. Each location has 200 preclinical students. Third- and fourth-year students receive their clinical education at any of nine primary teaching hospitals, 47 community hospitals, and hundreds of practices in the college’s seven community campuses throughout the state.

Family Medicine faculty are sought after to teach topics across the medical school curriculum including clinical skills, problem based-learning, focused lectureships, evidence-based medicine, critical appraisal/analytic medicine, mentoring, and our eight-week required clerkship in family medicine.

Interests and activities of the department's faculty cover the spectrum of primary care. The department is heavily invested in nationally recognized research on optimal aging, health promotion and disease prevention, and primary care health service/delivery. We have established two divisions; one on geriatrics/gerontology with affiliate fellowship programs and a unique model for a combined curriculum, and the other on public health and prevention which has affiliations with medical directors in public health programs across the state. These efforts resulted in over $6 million in extramural support to address major research questions.

The department was founded in 1974, with Roy Gerard, MD, as its first chairperson. William C. Wadland, MD, MS, retired as chair in June 2013. Bengt B. Arnetz, MD, PhD, MPH, MScEPI, FACOEM became the chair in September of 2015.

The success of the department is directly linked to the active role of its residency network. This network encompasses family medicine residency programs in Flint, Grand Blanc, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, Midland, Midland Medical Center—Gratiot, Southfield and Traverse City, with a total of 120 faculty members, approximately 194 resident physicians in training, and fellows in Sports Medicine and Geriatrics. These programs, in conjunction with the East Lansing and Grand Rapids campuses, all join in meeting the department’s mission.

All of our residency programs are fully accredited, and residency faculty participate in core activities of the college. Several of our faculty members are leading academic programs as assistant and associate deans in the community campuses.

Our faculty is actively engaged in the care of patients of all ages across the state of Michigan. Including our eight affiliated residency programs, the Department of Family Medicine impacts the lives of nearly 200,000 persons receiving medical care in Michigan.

Our faculty members have taken on leadership roles as hospital chiefs of staff, chairs of hospital clinical departments, directors of CME, designated institutional officers for graduate medical education, and state-wide and national champions in medical societies.