December 20, 2018

New opportunities for SVSU students through partnership with Wayne State School of Medicine

Saginaw Valley State University students inspired to pursue a career in medicine now have an additional pathway to continue their education.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine and SVSU have signed an Early Assurance Program agreement that will provide SVSU pre-medicine students enhanced opportunities for admission to the WSU School of Medicine.

The program will reserve up to two seats in WSU's medical school for qualified SVSU students who have a passion for practicing medicine in underserved areas or who are dedicated to careers in medicine.

“Partnerships like this highlight our commitment to advancing the medical careers of our pre-med students, and this provides an additional pathway for them,” said Heidi Lang, SVSU pre-health professions advisor. “Our professors really challenge our students - while supporting them at the same time - and that’s a big reason our students consistently are accepted to medical schools at rates that far exceed the national average.”

Through this latest partnership, SVSU students will apply in February 2019 for admission to WSU’s School of Medicine for acceptance into the entering class for 2020.

“This partnership with Saginaw Valley State University continues our efforts and commitment to recruit the finest students whose health career goals align with our mission as a nationally recognized top tier medical school known for urban clinical excellence,” said WSU Vice Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Ophthalmology Richard Baker, M.D. “Students who have the desire to serve others through medicine deserve the chance to become the type of physicians that we educate and train.”

About Saginaw Valley State University:

Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its nearly 9,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students.

SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation. SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students’ performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels.

About Wayne State University:

Wayne State University is a public research university located in Detroit. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering over more than 350 degree programs to more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Wayne State University is Michigan's third-largest university, one of the 100 largest universities in the United States, and ranked in the top 50 American public universities for research expenditures. The Wayne State University School of Medicine (SOM) trains the next generation of physicians. The school offers master's, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science and public health to about 400 students annually. The school's research emphasizes neurosciences, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, perinatology, cancer, cardiovascular disease including diabetes and obesity, and psychiatry and addiction research. As many as 500 researchers and staff work out of the Integrative Biosciences Center, a 207,000-square-foot facility that was opened in October 2015 at a cost of $92 million.


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