GRAND RAPIDS, MI – New students at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine officially began their studies with the symbolic white coat ceremony on Sunday, August 25.

The 190 students in the MD class of 2023 were chosen from 7,982 applications.

At DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Dean Norman Beauchamp Jr., MD, welcomed the class to the white coat and registration ceremony. The faculty and alumni helped the students put on their white coats.

Of those freshmen, about half will spend their first two years of medical school at the MSU campus in East Lansing and the other half in Grand Rapids.

The College of Human Medicine remains one of the country’s leading medical schools when it comes to diversity:

  • 49 percent of students report having a race or ethnicity other than white.
  • 28 percent are from racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in medicine.

Part of the class, 22.5 percent, will be trained specifically for practice in medically underserved areas.

Twenty-five students will take Rural Medicine Leadership Certificates and another 16 will enter the Medicine Leadership for Underprivileged Program.

According to MSU, 56 percent of their entering class identified themselves as disadvantaged or were identified as disadvantaged by the American Medical College Application Service based on family income or parental education level.

There are 104 female students and 87 men, ranging in age from 21 to 40 years old. Seventy-six percent are from Michigan.

Seven students from Grand Valley State University have entered the Early Insurance Program, which provides a better opportunity for admission to medical school for pre-medical students.

Preference for admission to the program is given to those who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • First generation student.
  • Graduated from a low-income high school as defined by the US Department of Education.
  • Eligible or recipient of a need-based PELL or institutional scholarship.
  • Graduated from an underserved urban or rural area (shortage of health professionals).
  • Demonstrates interest in a medical specialty that has significant needs or practicing in a medically underserved community.


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