The transition of the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine is complete.
The KCMS Board of Directors in early February approved the merger of KCMS and its official transition to the WMU medical school to occur July 1 2012. As part of its transition, KCMS operations, programs, personnel, and facilities become the Western Michigan University School of Medicine Clinic operations, support staff and faculty. They remain at their current locations at 1000 Oakland Drive and the psychiatry clinic located on the Borgess campus. All patient care services provided to the community remain unchanged.
According to Dr. Hal B. Jenson, founding dean of the medical school, 63 faculty who are employed full-time by KCMS with expertise in teaching and clinical care have been appointed to the WMU medical school, providing the initial faculty for the new medical school. Over the coming months, other clinicians, basic scientists and experts from the community who desire to serve as medical school faculty will be appointed. The medical school will also recruit additional faculty to Kalamazoo.
“The WMU School of Medicine is extremely fortunate to gain the expertise of the faculty and staff of KCMS as they become the core of the new medical school," Jenson says. “Through KCMS, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare have almost 40 years of collaboration in providing undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education in Kalamazoo. We are building on this solid foundation to create a new medical school in Kalamazoo that aspires to be among the nation’s best.”
Also July 5, Jenson announced two new leadership positions in the medical school: William Fales, M.D., assistant dean for clinical applications, and Charles Zeller Jr., M.D., assistant dean for continuing medical education. Both are fellows of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Fales will be responsible for the third- and fourth-year curriculum of the medical school, which includes the clinical clerkship training held in the area hospitals and other outpatient sites. He is an associate professor ofemergency medicine and director of pre-hospital care and disaster medicine and is co-director of the Simulation Center. Fales has also served as the Kalamazoo County EMS medical director since 1993. In 2002, he was appointed by the state of Michigan to serve as the regional medical director for healthcare preparedness, covering the nine counties of southwest Michigan. He also serves as the medical advisor to the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and provides medical direction to the state police tactical emergency response team and bomb squads. He is also an appointed member to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Advisory Council, which serves the six states that make up FEMA Region V.
Fales earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center. In 2009, Fales became the first emergency physician to complete the prestigious Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Security and Defense Executive Leaders Program. A former firefighter and paramedic, Fales continues to regularly respond to EMS incidents. He has been instrumental in developing the KCMS Medical Support Unit Program in which senior emergency medicine resident physicians respond to EMS incidents, providing on-site medical control.
Zeller will be responsible for the continuing medical education program at WMed. He has served as the director of the KCMS continuing medical education program for the past 36 years and is also an associateprofessor of emergency medicine. Zeller earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Zeller is a past president of Southwest Michigan Emergency Services PC and serves or has served on the boards of multiple professional, charitable, benevolent and community foundations.