At Western Michigan University's Homer Stryker M.D. School of
Medicine, 54 students graduated in 2018. Class size since
then has steadily spiked from 60 to 72 and now 84 students,
according to Jean Shelton, WMed assistant dean of admissions and
Meanwhile Michigan State's medical school, which has a class
size of about 200 students, said it's at capacity.
MSU would be required to hire more faculty and expand at its
East Lansing and Grand Rapids campuses to increase their class
size, Maurer said.
For the incoming class of 2019, six of Michigan's medical
schools received 43,602 applications, up 4,193 from 2018 and up
15,157 from 2014, which likely reflect prospective students
submitting applications at multiple medical schools, the Lansing
State Journal reported.
The growing number of applicants is a good sign for those
concerned about the coming physician shortage, said Geoffrey
Young, senior director of student affairs and programs for the
Association of American Medical Colleges.
``It really demonstrates a strong interest in a career in
medicine,'' Young said. ``This is what we think is critical as
the nation faces a shortage of physicians.''
School officials credit various reasons for the increasing
number of applications.
Katherine Ruger, associate dean of Admissions and Student Life
at MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, thinks this year's
applicants had more time for submissions since the coronavirus
pandemic shut down reduced their opportunities to do other
things like traveling.
The college received 6,653 applications in the last window,
Ruger said, which is up from the 6,169 applications in 2019.
State park visitors again will need pass starting Monday
LANSING, 21 VI 20 (AP): Michigan state parks will resume
collecting admission fees Monday after a three-month break
because of the coronavirus.
The recreation passport costs $12 when renewing a license plate
registration through the secretary of state or $17 at park
entrances. The cost is lower for motorcycles.
The pass is valid for one year or until the current vehicle
The pass allows people to visit more than 100 state parks and
Visitors from outside Michigan can purchase the annual pass
online or at state parks for $34 or pay $9 a day.
The Department of Natural Resources
suspended the pass requirement in March to reduce personal
contact between park staff and visitors and to encourage people
to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic.
Camping, overnight lodging facilities and day-use shelters in
state parks also reopen Monday.