The employees and staff at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies are now officially considered faculty of Western Michigan University’s School of Medicine.
The transition, approved by the center’s Board of Directors in February, means operations, programs, personnel and facilities formerly owned by MSU’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies are now incorporated and owned by the WMU School of Medicine.
Some 63 full-time faculty members from the center have been appointed as new medical school faculty staff, according to the university. The School of Medicine, scheduled to open in 2014, expects to hire more clinicians, basic scientists and experts from the community and recruit additional faculty to Kalamazoo in the future, as well.
"The WMU School of Medicine is extremely fortunate to gain the expertise of the faculty and staff of KCMS as they become the core of the new medical school," said Dr. Hal B. Jenson, founding dean of the medical school. "Through KCMS, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare have almost 40 years of collaboration in providing undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education in Kalamazoo. We are building on this solid foundation to create a new medical school in Kalamazoo that aspires to be among the nation’s best."