Albion College announced they will be teaming up with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine (WMed) on a medical program for students. Upon completion of the 8-year program, students will receive a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College, and a Doctor of Medicine from WMed.
The program supports their mission to “build a diverse and inclusive environment that serves the medical needs of our communities – specifically those from underrepresented groups in medicine,” per a statement from WMed.
In the same article, Dr. Hal Jenson, founding dean of WMed, explained what students can gain from both Albion College and WMed.
“Albion College’s liberal arts education produces thoughtful and inquisitive students with a diverse set of skills who are able to think beyond traditional classroom instruction--all aspects that create successful medical students,” Jenson said. “At WMed, we prepare students for the medical profession by elevating learning opportunities, and this program is in alignment with that vision.”
This collaboration also established the Albion College and WMed Joint Admissions Program, which admits highly qualified seniors into both Albion College and WMed at the same time, to achieve the degrees of both fields of study. It also allows Albion students, who are qualified, to participate in the WMedStart early decision program.
Dr. Matthew Johnson, president of Albion College, spoke about the program on the Paul W. Smith Show.
“It’s part of our commitment to nursing and public health, and really supplying the public health professionals and doctors we need in the future,” Johnson said.