CMU Medical Students Welcomed at Memorial

July 23, 2018


(l-r)  Ryan Song, Paul Zeller, Patrick Bishop, Ryan Richmond, and Taylor Graham

Memorial Healthcare is pleased to announce its next group of Central Michigan University College of Medicine students for their Comprehensive Community Clerkship program.

This formal affiliation of Memorial Healthcare’s hospital and clinics with the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine began in June 2015. Dr. Michael Schmidt, orthopedic surgeon at Mid-Michigan Orthopedics and Chief of Staff at Memorial Healthcare, serves as the programs Regional Assistant Clerkship Director.

This phase of the student physician’s clinical education comes after completing two years of rigorous classroom work in which all aspects of human medicine are taught along with learning the basic clinical skills needed to accurately obtain a patient’s medical history, perform a physical examination, and undertake diagnostic decision-making.

The Comprehensive Community Clerkship requires the student to move into the host community and begin the process of becoming a physician by immersing themselves in the community and the physician’s practice for six months. In this manner, the student physician begins to expand on the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and gains an understanding of the complex relationship between the health of an individual and where and how that person lives, works, and plays.

Those physicians participating in this round of the Comprehensive Community Clerkship program include: Dr. Anthony Patsy, Owosso; Dr. Douglas Forsyth, Chesaning; Dr. Barbara Gurden, Laingsburg; Dr. Jonathan King, Laingsburg; and Dr. Narender Thatikonda, Ovid-Elsie.