GRCC, GVSU, MSU College of Human Medicine sign articulation agreement

Nick Monsma, biomedical sciences major, will attend MSU's College of Human Medicine under an early assurance agreement signed by MSU, GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College.
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Nick Monsma, biomedical sciences major, will attend MSU's College of Human Medicine under an early assurance agreement signed by MSU, GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College.
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A Grand Valley biomedical sciences major will be the first student to enroll in Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine through an early assurance agreement signed today by officials from MSU, GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College.

Under the agreement, GRCC students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to Grand Valley will have the opportunity to be granted early assurance of admission to MSU's CHM.

Nick Monsma, a Grand Rapids native, will graduate from Grand Valley in April and begin classes at MSU CHM in fall 2013. Monsma was at the signing agreement June 25 at GRCC. “I think this is an amazing opportunity; I’m looking forward to going to school at Michigan State,” he said. Monsma attended GRCC during his freshman year.

The agreement will provide an enhanced opportunity for admission to medical school for GRCC students transferring to GVSU as pre-medical students who are interested in serving traditionally underserved populations. These students will receive academic advising directed at admission to MSU College of Human Medicine, and will be enrolled in a program of enriching clinical and service experiences in preparation for admission.

Under the agreement, MSU CHM is increasing the number of EAP seats it reserves for Grand Valley from five seats to six seats, in order to include an opportunity for students that have transferred from GRCC. According to MSU administrators, last fall they received more than 6,250 applicants for the 200 seats available for first-year students.

Gayle R. Davis, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said the agreement presents a great opportunity to get students into the medical field.

"This brings in a pipeline in a clear, structured way to bring medical care to underserved populations," Davis said.