Marquette, MI – Building on past support for medical education in the Upper Peninsula, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has donated funds to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region (MSU College of Human Medicine U.P. Region) for the purchase of specialized ultrasound equipment. MSU College of Human Medicine U.P. Region is a medical education collaborative between the MSU College of Human Medicine and Marquette General, a Duke LifePoint Hospital.
The new Doppler ultrasound system will be used in conjunction with existing CentraLine Man simulators which were purchased with a past KBIC contributions.
This new equipment will provide valuable teaching opportunities for family medicine residents and medical students as they prepare to care for a rural population of patients.
“The KBIC’s support of our program has been tremendous,” said Bill Short, MD, chief executive officer and community assistant dean of MSU College of Human Medicine U.P. Region. “We are so pleased that they have continued to provide us with resources to enhance our equipment as we help to educate the future of medicine, right here in the Upper Peninsula.”
This combination of equipment will allow the residents and students to practice vascular studies as well as breast and thyroid examinations on the simulators. Utilization of these tools will help to increase patient comfort, improve patient safety and help the residents and students perfect their technique prior to starting their practices.
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Upper Peninsula Region (formerly the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation) works in conjunction with Marquette General Health System to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students Since its inception in 1978, 228 medical students and 161 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs.