From the Dean

Dr. Hal B. Jenson, Founding Dean
Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA
Founding Dean

At WMed, we are building and growing a premiere medical school on a robust foundation of collaboration between Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems – Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare.

Together, we strive for our learners to realize their individual potential and we do that with the steadfast mission that each of them will become exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators advocates, and researchers of tomorrow.

Our medical school is among just a few in the U.S. in the last several decades to be built from the ground up. It is a challenging opportunity to create a new medical school, but the odds of successfully creating a great school are significantly increased when the community works alongside. We are expanding and flourishing by drawing from the strengths of our community and our extraordinary collaborators.

WMU ranks among the 50 largest colleges and universities, and among the top 100 national public doctoral universities in the U.S. Ascension Borgess and Bronson are recognized nationally for their commitment to innovation and quality, and each has provided undergraduate and graduate medical education in Kalamazoo for more than 40 years. In Kalamazoo, we are part of – and supported by – a thriving community that boasts a deep legacy of life sciences discovery that continues today.

Together, we are focused on our vision to be distinguished as a leader among medical schools through community collaboration in medical education, patient care, research, and service.

We offer the full continuum of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education in Southwest Michigan. As a private medical school, our mission, vision, values, and accomplishments are made a reality through the support of private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, student tuition, and endowment income.

We invite you to follow our progress, or consider joining us, on our journey to excellence.