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College of Human Medicine

For more than 40 years, would-be physicians have learned first-hand what it means to practice medicine in the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula.

The 12 students admitted each year to Michigan State University's  College of Human Medicine Rural Physician Program get a stiff dose of the challenges, spending all of their third and fourth year of medical school in the U.P.

At the end of their third year, they are assigned eight weeks in a rural community, often splitting time between two family practice physicians. Students shadow the doctors in their office, hospital, at nursing homes or on home visits. 

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