One of the guiding principles of the Shared Discovery Curriculum (SDC) is to allow students to develop and demonstrate not just competence but also expertise in an area of their interest. This effort above and beyond the core curriculum is documented through the use of certificates. Students are able to work toward certificates earlier in their medical school career, beginning as early as the first year of medical school.
Certificate Programs include:
Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU)
The LMU program graduates a cohort of physicians possessing, in addition to the fundamental core of knowledge and skills for the medical degree, a special set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to lead efforts to address the needs of medically underserved and vulnerable populations in the United States and internationally. By providing experiences for medical students to help them care for underserved/vulnerable populations with sensitivity and expertise, while helping communities address public health needs affecting level of wellness of individuals and groups, this program influences the abilities and intent of participants to develop a career path with emphasis on caring for these populations.
The purpose of the LMU program is to provide experiences for medical students to help them care for underserved/vulnerable populations with sensitivity and expertise, while helping communities address public health needs affecting levels of wellness of individuals and groups; foster appreciation of the impact of direct care delivery, epidemiologic research and health education on health status as well as health policy implications; and increase primary care providers
Leadership in Rural Medicine Certificate
The Rural Community Health Program (R-CHP) is a comprehensive rural health training program designed for students interested in careers in rural medicine, in any specialty.
As background, CHM has had a presence in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula rural environment for many years through the successful Rural Physician Program (RPP). The Rural Community Health Program (R-CHP) is the College’s newest clinical option for participation in rural health experiences, focusing on communities in rural regions of the Lower Peninsula. Enrollment in either the RPP or the R-CHP qualifies a student for the Leadership in Rural Medicine certificate.
R- CHP students participate in an enhanced experiential and didactic curriculum that includes public health, leadership, procedural, and community exposure. A hallmark of the program occurs during year four when each R-CHP student completes a two-month longitudinal rural elective tailored to the individual student’s career interests. R-CHP is designed to prepare future rural physicians to develop and to practice within evolving community-based rural health networks. Students with previous rural life experiences, strong academic credentials, and personal attributes and career goals consistent with CHM’s mission are ideal R-CHP candidates.