Dean’s Update: September 23, 2022 | College of Human Medicine

September 23, 2022 – Aron Sousa, MD

Friends,

Big week. Big graduate week. Today I had the remarkable pleasure of joining approximately 70 alumni for an in-person Dean’s Town Hall. I had so much fun with the alumni on the panel, in the room, and our friends online. That said, I’m not ready to be a TV host.

Later in the evening we will celebrate Farhan Bhatti, MD (CHM ’12) who is this year’s recipient of the MSU Young Alumni Award. Dr. Bhatti is the CEO of Care Free Medical in Lansing, near the old St. Lawrence Hospital. Care Free Medical is focused on providing care to the uninsured and underinsured in our community. Our students, residents, and faculty work with Dr. Bhatti, and it has been a great clinical learning and service opportunity for our students. Dr. Bhatti is an inspiration to so many in the Lansing area, including our students and myself. I am delighted that the university recognizes his work. Congratulations and thank you, Farhan!

It’s the 50e reunion of our first class of four years. For those of you who are thinking about our timeline, the college was founded as a school in the process of accreditation in 1964. And during the early years, we admitted students for the first two years of the faculty of medicine before they transferred to other schools for their clinical training. But in 1968 we admitted our own students for the full four years of medical school. It was this group of people who graduated first class in 1972 and were welcomed to East Lansing this weekend for their 50th birthday.e meeting.

I also met with the council of alumni today and am pleased with our progress under the guidance of this council and Marci Muller, our Director of Alumni and Donor Relations. Last year was our best year for scholarship fundraising, and almost all of that success is due to the generosity of our alumni. Every year we recruit a great group of students, but the competition for students is increasing. More schools are thinking broadly about their student population than in the past, and many schools are using philanthropy to reduce or eliminate tuition fees. The state no longer funds us as it once did, and closing the gap is about helping our students and competing for the kind of bright, dedicated, and committed individuals we’ve admitted throughout our history.

If you’re not going to the Alumni Banquet tonight, consider going to Brews and Views tonight. During this iteration of Brews and Views, Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, of Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Biology, leads a conversation on Reproduction in a Dish: The Science and Ethics of IVF and Artificial Wombs with panelists Jennifer Carter-Johnson, PhD, JD, School of Law, Richard Leach, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, College of Human Medicine, Leonard Fleck, PhD, Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, College of Medicine human, and Margaret Petro°, PhD, Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, College of Veterinary Medicine. Brews and Views is a collaboration between the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice. You can find the Brews and Views on September 23, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the IQ building. (Bioengineering Bldg.), 775 Woodlot Drive. For BYOB views, assist by Zoom: 914 947 13495, access code: BNV.

Next week, Dean’s Update and Town Hall get a pass as I travel to India with colleagues at Henry Ford Health. They already have existing partnerships there and I am excited to meet new potential partners and collaborators for the college. The update and the town hall will be back on October 7th.

Last Wednesday evening, the college celebrated the inauguration of the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology and the appointment of Michael Lewis, MD, as the department’s interim chair. We were joined by new faculty and colleagues from Henry Ford Health, and I appreciate the folks driving to the event from Grand Rapids and Lansing to help celebrate. I have already announced these events, but it was nice and helpful to get together with colleagues to celebrate progress and work on the future.

Every day, our people improve the future of a patient, a student, a member of the community. Meeting our alumni clearly shows how much the college has made a difference to people in our communities, in science and in the world. My sincere thanks to the staff, faculty and students over the years – you have made the college a force for good in the world.

Serve people with you,

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Aron Sousa, MD FACP
Dean


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