The Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) program, based in Flint, Michigan, was designed in 2004 by the College of Human Medicine at Michigan state University to provide medical students with the opportunity to work with and learn from underserved and vulnerable populations. In addition to traditional clinical medical education, LMU focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address the varied medical needs of urban, rural, and international underserved populations. This enhanced training is comprised of the following:
- Weekly Community Involvement at various local organizations
- Monthly community Service
- Core clerkship integration in rural and urban underserved clinics, including migrant clinics
- International/Urban/Rural Electives
Currently, students apply via supplemental application to the LMU program during their preclinical years. Acceptance criteria include intermediate Spanish proficiency and a demonstrated commitment to serving the underserved. The program now accepts 18 students annually.
Our mission is to assess and address the explicit medical needs of underserved and vulnerable populations through leadership, culturally competent medical care, community assessments, and health education. The purpose of the LMU program is to:
- Provide experiences for medical students to help them care for underserved and vulnerable populations with sensitivity and expertise, while helping communities address public health needs affecting level of wellness of individuals and groups
- Appreciate the impact of direct care delivery, epidemiologic research, and health education on health status as well as health policy implications
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