Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

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 eight primary teaching hospitals, 47 community hospitals, and hundreds of practices in the college’s seven community campuses throughout the state.

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, 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.


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