Continued medical education is an important part of our commitment to providing quality, cost effective care to our community. We have partnered with Michigan State University (MSU) to bring a four-year medical school to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The university's Secchia Center in downtown Grand Rapids enhances physician recruitment efforts and helps bring new research activities to our community. The first class started in fall 2008 with 50 students. That number will grow to 100 students per class with an annual enrollment of 400 students by 2013.
Spectrum Health serves as a training ground-and our physicians act as faculty preceptors-for approximately 140 students from MSU and other medical schools through the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners (GRMEP). We offer more than 16 active residency programs and train about 300 medical residents each year.
In December 2016, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced revised Medical Rules adding new requirements for Continuing Medical Education which include:
The Board of Medicine has updated the previous six categories of credit into two categories. As before, each medical doctor is required to complete 150 hours of CME approved by the board of which a minimum of 75 hours of the required 150 must be earned in Category 1 activities. The following is a breakdown of the two categories for licensure: