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.
- 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: Phil Pazderka, 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: Nathan Whelham
- 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: Dale Rowe, MD
- 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
- 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: Brandy Shattuck, MD, Maria Sheakley, PhD
- Diversity and Inclusiveness External Advisory Council
The charge of the Diversity and Inclusiveness External Advisory Council is to provide guidance, assessment, recommendations, and assistance to the medical school to identify, bring attention to, proactively advance, and achieve institutional goals for a culture of diversity and inclusiveness across students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. The advisory council reports to the dean and works closely with associate deans.
Chair: Hal Jenson, 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: Maria Sheakley, 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.
Interim 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: Joseph D’Ambrosio, 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
- Information Technology Committee
The charge of the Information Technology Committee is to: review and make recommendations for information technology policies for the medical school; define standards for information technologies in the medical school; plan for the evolving and anticipated trends in technology and the infrastructure support needed; identify issues, address concerns, and make recommendations for information technology needs; monitor and update information technology requirements and recommended equipment for students, residents, faculty, and staff.
Chair: Carol Heinicke
- 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
- 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 Subcommittee
The Clinical Applications Subcommittee 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
- Foundations of Medicine Subcommittee
The Foundations of Medicine Subcommittee 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
- Integration Subcommittee
The Integration Subcommittee is charged to implement and refine vertical and horizontal integration of content across all four years of the medical student curriculum.
Chair: Mike Busha, 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.
- 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.
- Program Evaluation Subcommittee
The Program Evaluation Subcommittee is charged to provide continuing evaluation of the medical student educational program to ensure that the content and delivery are meeting the course/clerkship objectives and curriculum objectives set by the faculty and the Curriculum Committee.
Chair: Jeff Greene, PhD
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