U.P.-MSU has a wonderful medical school

We are indeed very fortunate to have one of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Regional Medical School campuses located here in Marquette. Our Marquette campus is known as the College of Human Medicine, Upper Peninsula Region, in partnership with Marquette General, a Duke LifePoint Hospital.

This year, the MSU College of Human Medicine celebrates its 50th anniversary. Of interest, MSU has a total of three renowned medical schools on its campus. There is the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. degree), the MSU College of Human Medicine (M.D. degree) and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. degree). This is very unique and certainly speaks highly of the commitment of MSU and the State of Michigan to support and offer world-class medical education to doctors caring for humans as well as for animals.

I was indeed fortunate to be one the students who did my medical school in the Upper Peninsula. It was such a great learning experience to be able to work very closely with active practicing physicians who were truly committed to their teaching of medical students. Today, our medical students are based here in Marquette for their medical school studies, and they also do medical rotations at various other Upper Peninsula sites and elsewhere for additional valuable medical education experiences.

Medical school is no easy task and involves a very substantial commitment on the part of these students to study very hard to learn an extensive amount of new material, to pass many exams, and to keep a proper balance regarding their many time demands over these four years. It is also very important that they keep a proper perspective with regard to taking time to relax and “take a break” with their family, friends, and fellow students.

We are certainly proud of all our medical students who are completing their studies at our Upper Peninsula campus. There is great dedication to learning on the part of all our medical students here on our Marquette campus. Let me also call your attention to two of these individuals who recently received additional recognition for their outstanding medical school achievements.

Alpha Omega Alpha is a medical honor society and this is one of the highest honors a medical student can earn during their four years of medical school. Our Upper Peninsula Regional Medical School campus is very proud of two of our students who achieved this great honor. Ms. Courtney Johnston and Ms. Erika Hoenke were both recently selected for membership in the prestigious AOA Medical Honor Society.

In addition, medical students may also be selected for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. To be selected for this honor society, a medical student must show “exceptional aptitude for compassion and competency in patient care, as well as proving themselves to be respectful and caring with colleagues.”

Of interest, medical students are nominated for membership in GHHS by their fellow medical students. We are all very pleased that, in addition to being a member of the AOA Medical Honor society, Ms. Erika Hoenke has also been selected by her peers for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

My sincere congratulations to Erika Hoenke and to Courtney Johnston for their special awards, and special congratulations also to every one of our Upper Peninsula medical students for their dedication to their medical school studies.

We are truly honored to have each and every one of you here at our Upper Peninsula Region of the MSU College of Human Medicine.

Editor’s note: Dr. Jim Surrell, author of “SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet,” has his practice at the Digestive Health Clinic at Marquette General Health System. Requests for health topics for this column are encouraged.