Dean Update: August 5, 2022 | College of Human Medicine

August 5, 2022 – Aaron Sousa, MD


I have a series of announcements for this week, and since I have COVID, there will be no pleonasm.

I think the big news for this week is our new relationship with Bay Mills Community College (BMCC). On Wednesday, the college, Bay Mills University and Lake Superior State University announced a new Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnership. (I would have been there if it wasn’t for COVID) College EAPs It is designed for the college’s partnership with undergraduate institutions in the hope of preparing and attracting underprivileged students into the medical profession. This partnership will help Bay Mills Community College students complete their undergraduate program in Lake Superior State University.

Bay Mills is one of three tribal colleges in Michigan, and provides prime access to higher education ‘that supports and maintains Anishinaabek culture and language.” As a tribal college, BMCC is a Earth Grant Foundation Like Michigan State University. I think this is a great new part of our EAP effort, and it’s a great honor to be partnering with the Bay Mills community. My special thanks go to Liz Lyons, EdD, who has created these kinds of partnerships for years and is now Associate Director of the College President Pioneering rural medicine Certificate programme.

I am pleased to announce that Srinivas Kafutoro, MD, will be the interim head of our surgical department. Sri is our Senior Director of Surgery, who specializes in cancers of the upper GI tract, which includes everything from the esophagus to the small intestine, including the liver, pancreas and biliary tract. He attended medical school at Cornwall Medical College in India, then worked in general surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before doing his fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and liver and pancreatic biliary surgery at Penn State. His research interests include new medical devices in pancreatic evaluation. I am grateful and happy that Dr. Cavutoro is applying for this role.

Earlier in the week, there was a bomb hoax directed at Fee Hall. Our staff were great at ensuring everyone got out of the building, and I thank MSU Police for their work in clearing the building. Our director of security, Jeff Murphy, sent the following message to the college:

“Our CHM security team has been in contact with law enforcement and security partners and is aware that similar threats have occurred across the country. All of them have been scams up to this point. Operations and security teams at Grand Rapids and Flint have reviewed our procedures and updated our training to ensure we are prepared in case Any similar threats occurring in a university building outside East Lansing.

Finally, if any of our students, faculty or staff would like to know how to deal with a bomb threat, what to expect when the police respond, or what our internal procedures are for our security team, they or Dave Bender would be happy to meet and answer any questions they might have you have.

You can find the Michigan State University police statement regarding the bomb threat at Fee Hall over here. ”

The college’s development team is small but strong. We only have three fundraisers, and they are small for university and very small for medical schools. However, the team raised a record $41 million this year including $4 million in scholarships and pledges. The college is ranked second in the university in fundraising after athletics. The workload is very high, and I appreciate the team’s institutional support. Mostly, I’d like to thank Senior Administrator Stephanie Stottenborough, Associate Administrator Susie Ziegler, and Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Marcy Muller. Do not hesitate to Donates And watch the team over here.

One of the fun parts of my job is celebrating the amazing work of our staff, students, and faculty. The university has asked all colleges to submit a document outlining their “pride points” that can be shared widely as a quick overview of the work we do. They asked to include some points that align with MSU 2030 strategic initiatives student success And the Team work and faculty success. While we have ideas on what we want to highlight, we want to hear from you. We have created a file Qualtrics . survey to collect your suggestions. Please share your thoughts by August 19th.

My thanks to everyone who helped the college excel in many ways.

At the service of people with you,


Aaron Sousa, MD


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