CMU's College of Medicine adds surgical residency program

SAGINAW (WJRT) - (02/12/18) - Central Michigan University's College of Medicine can now offer a seventh specialty to medical residents as it works to fill the physician shortage across our state.

"We now have an access pathway to recruit trained surgeons to stay in the area. Statistically two-thirds of people that are medical students and surgical residents stay and practice in that area," said Surgical Discipline Chair and Professor of Surgery Dr. John Blebea.

Within the last week the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved the surgical residency.

It means CMU medical students can stay in the area instead of moving away as they train to become surgeons.

CMU Medical Education Partners, a collaboration among CMU, St. Mary's of Michigan and Covenant HealthCare, will oversee the program.

The surgical residency is the seventh approved residency program in Saginaw. The other specialties include: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, podiatry, and psychiatry.

A total of 114 residents will be part of the residency programs, but only four will earn a spot in the surgical program.

Dr. Blebea said this accreditation doesn't just benefit CMU and its students. "This is another progressive step in the benefits that Saginaw and the greater Tri-City area, another benefit that they're seeing from the new medical school at Central Michigan University."

Seven-thousand people applied for just 36 first-year positions in CMU's seven medical residency programs.

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