WMed Turns 10!
WMed’s First Decade of Innovation, Education, and Community Collaboration
March 22, 2011, was a monumental day for the greater Kalamazoo community.
Not only was it Founding Dean Dr. Hal B. Jenson’s first day on the job, it was also the day that a $100 million gift to Western Michigan University (WMU) to provide foundational funding for the new medical school was announced. The new school would be named Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) in memory of Dr. Homer Stryker, a WMU alumnus and founder of the Stryker Corporation.
Kalamazoo’s long, rich history of excellence in education, healthcare, research, and life science exploration were assets in the development of a new medical school. Through the collaboration of WMU, Ascension Borgess, and Bronson Healthcare, the private medical school was founded and is currently funded through charitable gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. “It is a challenging opportunity to create a new medical school, but the odds of successfully creating a great medical school are signifi-
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