Committees

Medical school committees are an integral component of shared governance that includes the Dean, the Dean’s Cabinet, the Chair’s Council, the Faculty Academic Council, the Student Council, and standing committees.

Leadership Committees

  • Dean’s Cabinet

    The charge of the Dean’s Cabinet is to collaboratively develop and implement effective strategies across the institution that transform the medical school mission, vision, and values into day-to-day operations.

    Chair: Hal Jenson, MD

  • Chair’s Council

    The charge of the Chairs Council is to collaboratively develop and implement effective strategies within each department that transform the medical school mission, vision, and values into day-to-day department operations.

    Chair: Hal Jenson, MD

  • Faculty Academic Council

    The primary responsibility of Faculty Academic Council is to represent all faculty at large by representing the will and opinion of the faculty on the issues and activities of importance to the welfare of the medical school. The complete charge to the Faculty Academic Council is described in the Faculty Handbook.

    Chair: Ross Driscoll, MD

  • Medical Student Council
    The charge of the Medical Student Council is to represent all medical students in all four years to: communicate the needs and opinions of the medical student body to faculty and administration; facilitate medical student contributions to the development of certain school policies and administrative matters that affect medical students throughout their four years at the medical school; consult with the associate dean for Student Affairs to make recommendations for medical student members on medical school committees and recommend amendments to the Medical Student Policy Manual.

    Chair: Kylie Miller      

Standing Committees

  • Affiliates Committee

    The charge of the Affiliates Committee is to support implementation of the Affiliation Agreements by providing guidance for the clinical activities of the medical school and its practice plan, and the educational and research activities that are in collaboration with Ascension Borgess, Bronson Healthcare, and Western Michigan University.

    Chair: Hal Jenson, MD

  • Appointment and Promotion Committee

    The charge of the Appointment and Promotion Committee is to oversee the appointment and promotion process at the medical school, and to provide recommendations to the dean for core faculty appointments and promotions at the ranks of associate professor and professor, and adjunct faculty appointments at the rank of professor. The committee provides reports to the Faculty Academic Council regarding faculty appointments and promotions, and implements the criteria for appointment and promotion.

    Chair: Gregory Vanden Heuvel, PhD

  • Clinical Research Committee

    The Clinical Research Committee supports the Research Committee to meet its charge and reports to the Affiliates Committee. The charge of the Clinical Research Committee is to: oversee and promote clinical research at all sites of the medical school, Ascension Borgess, and Bronson Healthcare; assist in developing clinical research policies and procedures; develop and implement strategic planning to increase and support clinical research activities; develop and track annual goals and objectives for clinical research; develop and oversee the annual budget for clinical research; and report on clinical research at the medical school, Ascension Borgess, and Bronson Healthcare.

    Chair: Tom Blok, MD

  • Continuing Education Committee

    The charge of the Continuing Education Committee is to advise the assistant dean for Continuing Education, assist with ongoing review and assessment including the annual report of continuing education activities of the medical school, and assure compliance of medical school policies and procedures related to continuing education with national standards and regulatory requirements. The committee may assist with resolving any issue related to joint sponsorship and joint accreditation.

    Interim Chair: Mike Busha, MD

  • Culture Committee

    The charge of the Culture Committee is to develop and support initiatives to create an inspiring environment to learn, teach, and work that embodies the values and the values in action of the medical school. The Committee makes recommendations and advises the Deans Cabinet on culture‑related opportunities and plans. The Committee fosters collaboration across medical school departments, units, and committees to better integrate and prioritize institutional resources focused on shaping and enhancing a welcoming and supportive culture. The Committee membership includes members from groups that have been historically under‑represented in medicine. The Committee gathers input and engages key stakeholders through an equity lens using focus groups from internal and external stakeholders.

    Co-Chairs: Lisa Graves, MD and Cheryl Dickson, MD

  • Curriculum Committee

    The charge of the Curriculum Committee is the responsibility for development and oversight of a competency-based education, using a course-based approach, that the medical school uses to graduate knowledgeable, ethical, and skilled physicians who will become outstanding clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers. The Curriculum Committee has integrated institutional responsibility for leading, directing, coordinating, controlling, and reporting all aspects of the design, management, and improvement of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. Curriculum design includes planning and establishing the objectives, structure, pedagogy, and content. Curriculum management includes all aspects of content delivery and evaluation. Curriculum improvement includes all levels of continuing cycles of improving instructors, courses, and the curriculum. As such, all courses, clerkships, content, teaching styles, educational innovations, clinical and research experiences and other educational endeavors are part of the curriculum and fall under the responsibility of the Curriculum Committee. The committee is empowered to work in the best interests of the students and the medical school without regard to parochial or political influences, or departmental pressures. Faculty members must constitute the majority of voting members at all meetings.

    Co-Chairs: Maria Sheakley, PhD and Robert Sawyer, MD

  • Global Health Committee

    The charge of the Global Health Committee is to cultivate interest and identify opportunities for medical students, residents, faculty, and staff to learn about global health issues and participate in international health experiences.

    Chair: Richard Roach, MD

  • Graduate Medical Education Committee

    The charge for the Graduate Medical Education Committee is to oversee, in collaboration with the Designated Institutional Official, all educational and clinical aspects of resident education and training at the medical school. The committee establishes institutional policies and approves all policies affecting graduate medical education and training and oversees all matters regarding accreditation and related matters.

    Chair: David Overton, MD

  • Medical Student Admissions Committee

    The charge of the Medical Student Admissions Committee is to select medical students who will excel in our curriculum and graduate successfully to become outstanding clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers. The Medical Student Admissions Committee seeks to identify and select students from among the categories of specific groups identified by the medical school that add value to the learning and working environment. The Medical Student Admissions Committee evaluates applicants and makes the final binding decisions regarding acceptance of applicants. These decisions are not appealable to the dean, board of directors, or any other party. All of the Medical Student Admissions Committee meetings are closed meetings and all deliberations are confidential. Faculty members must constitute the majority of voting members at all meetings of the Medical Student Admissions Committee. The Medical Student Admissions Committee reports its decisions to the associate dean for Student Affairs.

    Chair: Timothy Bauler, PhD

  • Medical Student Performance Committee

    The charge of the Medical Student Performance Committee is to oversee progress of students in achieving and maintaining academic excellence, academic honesty, and professionalism. The Medical Student Performance Committee establishes criteria for determination of satisfactory performance for advancement, promotion, and graduation and establishes consistent standards for assessing student performance, evaluating students, assigning grades, and correcting academic deficiencies of medical students. The committee makes recommendations to the associate dean for Educational Affairs regarding academic standing of medical students and assigns remediation and corrective actions for students experiencing difficulty with academic coursework or professional and personal conduct. The associate dean for Educational Affairs is responsible for implementing the decisions and corrective actions required by the Medical Student Performance Committee. Remediation and corrective actions are typically implemented in the form of a learning contract for the student by the associate dean for Educational Affairs, who provides periodic reports of student progress on Learning Contracts to the Medical  Student Performance Committee. Faculty members must constitute the majority of voting members at all meetings.

    Chair: Kristi VanDerKolk, MD

  • Research Committee

    The charge of the Research Committee is to: assist and advise the associate dean for Research in oversight of research efforts and research strategic planning; assist in addressing critical research issues; assist in developing research policies and procedures; advance research compliance by establishing requirements and facilitating training; advance scholarly activities as part of the educational experience; advise on the scientific review, human subject research review, animal research review, and institutional biosafety processes; advise on the intellectual property processes; promote and facilitate faculty research and success; and promote efforts for student and resident participation in research and scholarly activities; organize and sponsor the annual research day; collaborate to organize and sponsor other activities that highlight research; and foster collaborative and interdisciplinary/interprofessional research efforts of faculty with other investigators outside the medical school.

    Chair: Dale Vandré, PhD

  • Student Appeals Committee

    The charge of the Student Appeals Committee is to hear and review appeals from students of: a decision by the Medical Student Performance Committee of advancement, graduation, suspension, or dismissal; final action of a misconduct process; and a decision of the associate dean for Student Affairs to refuse to permit a student to return from an approved leave of absence.

    Chair: Michael Leinwand, MD

  • Student Scholarship Committee

    The charge of the Student Scholarship Committee is to oversee the process for awarding all medical school scholarships and financial awards. The committee publicizes scholarship and financial award opportunities and information to students and faculty, and oversees announcements of scholarship and financial award recipients. Faculty members must constitute the majority of voting members at all meetings.

    Chair: Perry Westerman, MD

Additional Administrative Committees

  • Compliance Committee

    The charge of the Compliance Committee is to assist the Compliance Officer who is responsible for operation and monitoring of the Compliance Program. The committee reviews and make recommendations concerning any reports of noncompliance.

    Chair: Lori Straube

  • Facilities Committee

    The charge of the Facilities Committee is to oversee buildings and facilities to ensure appropriate use, physical safety, and security.

    Chair: Drake Olson

  • Library Committee

    The charge of the Library Committee is to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the dean and associate dean for Administration and Finance; work with and assist the Library Director in making recommendations for library use, practices and procedures; review and advise in the development of priorities and provide recommendations for allocation of resources to ensure that the printed and electronic resources and services provided by the library meet the current and future needs and interests of the academic community.

    Chair: Elizabeth Lorbeer

  • Strategic Planning Leadership Team

    The medical school leadership – the dean, associate and assistant deans, department chairs and co-chairs, program chiefs and co-chiefs, residency program directors, administrative directors, assistant directors, select managers, division chiefs, the chair and vice chair of the Faculty Academic Council, and chairs of all standing committees – comprise the Strategic Planning Leadership Team. This team represents all components and activities of the medical school and is responsible for leading the medical school’s strategic planning process.

    Chair: Michele Serbenski

Additional Educational Committees

  • Biomedical Sciences Workgroup

    The Biomedical Sciences Workgroup is charged with oversight of the Foundations of Medicine curriculum, following the guiding principles of the curriculum and meeting the relevant educational competencies, including all of those in the basic sciences, of the curriculum as directed by the Curriculum Committee.

    Chair: Dale Vandre, PhD

  • Chief Residents Committee

    The charge of the Chief Residents Committee is to update residents of operational, clinical, and educational related matters that affect their work, responsibilities, or programs, and serve as a formal forum for residents to raise concerns with medical school leadership.

    Chair: David Overton, MD

  • Clinical Applications Workgroup

    The Clinical Applications Workgroup is charged with oversight of the Clinical Applications curriculum, following the guiding principles of the curriculum and meeting the relevant educational competencies, including all of those in the clinical sciences, of the curriculum as directed by the Curriculum Committee.

    Chair: Kristine Gibson, MD

  • Essential Abilities Committee

    The charge of the Essential Abilities Committee is to evaluate and determine whether applicants and students meet the essential abilities and, if not, to define the reasonable accommodations tailored to their individual needs and circumstances that would allow them, if practicable, to meet the essential abilities. The Essential Abilities Committee reviews the Essential Abilities for Completion of the Medical Curriculum annually and as needed, with recommendations for revisions, if any, submitted to the Curriculum Committee and the dean.

    Chair: David Overton, MD

  • Integration Subcommittee

    The Integration Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of the course/clerkship committees, mapping of curriculum content and assessments, curriculum calendaring with a focus on horizontal integration, design and implementation of the course/clerkship evaluation process, vertical integration, agenda setting for the Curriculum Committee, and program evaluation for the MD program.

    Chair: Mike Busha, MD

  • Interprofessional Education and Practice Workgroup

    The Interprofessional Education and Practice Workgroup is responsible for integration of the longitudinal interprofessional curriculum in collaboration with community partners.

    Chair: Kristine Gibson, MD

  • Learning and Working Environment Committees

    To promote the medical school’s culture and values for the learning and working environment, Learning and Working Environment Committees are established for the major sites of medical school instruction. This structure facilitates broad, interprofessional engagement at each site, and includes an institutional leader at the site. The associate dean for Educational Affairs and associate dean for Graduate Medical Education are ex officio members of each committee, which facilitates integration of information across sites and early detection of trends and issues across multiple sites. Committees are established at the following major sites of instruction:

    • School of Medicine sites (Upjohn Campus, Oakland Drive Campus, Parkview Campus) and Family Health Center.
    • Ascension Borgess including the medical school department of Psychiatry.
    • Bronson Healthcare.
    • Battle Creek VA Medical Center.


    The charge of these four committees is to promote a learning and working environment that supports students and residents/fellows in educational and clinical settings. The committees work with other faculty, fellows, residents, students, and site leadership, as well as nurses and other healthcare professionals to proactively monitor the environment and promote best practices. The committees receive and address concerns and complaints of learner mistreatment and reports of unprofessional behaviors regardless of the alleged perpetrator, raise awareness about mistreatment to promote the positive aspects of the learning and working environment, monitor and evaluate the environment to identify positive and negative influences on the development of learners’ professional attributes and professional identity, and promote best practices that favorably influence the learning and working environment.

    The committees at each site have the following members:

    • Faculty based primarily at the site.
    • An institutional leader at the site.
    • A faculty member with an appointment in Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law.
    • Nurses, including from a medical unit and surgical unit, where appropriate.
    • Residents.
    • Medical students.
    • The associate dean for Educational Affairs and the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, as ex officio, non‑voting members, to monitor trends and issues across multiple sites.

Additional Research Committees

  • Intellectual Property Committee

    The charge of the Intellectual Property Committee is to oversee the policies and process for intellectual property identification and development, provide recommendations for managing intellectual properties and rights on behalf of the medical school, and foster research efforts that will enhance creation of intellectual properties.

    Chair: Hal Jenson, MD