University and medical school sign agreement


A number of buildings make up GVSU’s Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids, including the Richard M. DeVos Center. Photo via

A pair of universities have signed an agreement to give one school’s undergrad students the benefit of a “preferred relationship” with the other’s medical school.

Leaders from Grand Valley State University and the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, or WMed, signed the recruitment agreement yesterday, which features an early decision program for GVSU students.

GVSU President Thomas Haas said the agreement represents the commitment from both institutions to fulfill the talent pipeline and help ease the regional and national shortage of physicians.

The agreement means medical school applicants from GVSU receive an early look during the admission process. Students must meet all admission requirements.

GVSU students may apply at the beginning of their junior years for an early decision on admission, following completion of their bachelor degrees.

WMed graduated its first class of medical students in 2018.

Dr. Hal Jenson, founding dean of WMed, said the medical school has had great success in recruiting students to the newer medical school due, in part, to agreements like this.

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