Welcome to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine. As the founding dean, I am honored to share our story—and our future—with you.
The establishment of any new medical school is a significant event. In the United States there are only 134 medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The story of the creation of the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, even among this small number, is exceptional.
We are building on the strengths of extraordinary partners. Western Michigan University ranks among the 50 largest colleges and universities, and among the top 100 national public doctoral universities in the United States.
Our two hospital partners—Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare—are recognized nationally for innovation and quality, and have provided undergraduate and graduate medical education, including through the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, for more than 50 years.
Kalamazoo has a long and extraordinary legacy of discovery in the life sciences, which continues today. The medical school benefits from historic community support and engagement. This remarkable partnership coupled with our innovative approaches to medical education and passion for achieving excellence position the WMU School of Medicine to be not just among the newest medical schools, but among the best medical schools.
Our goal for each of our students and residents is to realize their individual potential to be great. Our graduates will become great clinicians, great educators, great researchers, great leaders, and great advocates for our patients and our profession.
Follow our progress on this journey as we create the future of medical education right here in Kalamazoo. As we grow and develop as a medical school, we hope you will find your opportunity to become involved as part of this new school as well.
Hal B. Jenson, M.D., MBA
WMU School of Medicine