The College of Medicine now has over 350 students

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Central Michigan University College of Medicine has inducted the fourth class – that means the medical school is at capacity.

Dr. George Kikano is dean of the college.

He said he hopes students will be able to fill an ongoing need in Michigan for rural doctors.

“It’s a step in the right direction. It’s our hope that students that graduate with us as of May 2017 will choose residencies in Michigan that’s the first step.”

Kikano said the college has done a good job representing minorities.

“Four out of four classes we have 80 percent of our students coming from Michigan, which fits right into the mission. I’m mostly proud that the past two classes, last years class and this year incoming class we’ve had 15 percent underrepresented minority, which is 50 percent more than the national average.”

Kikano said he’s excited to see the first medical school class graduate in May.