First medical students arrive at Central Michigan University

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They are 64 strong, 90 percent from Michigan and all are committed to staying put in Michigan to practice their profession.

They are the first class of the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, a group that will be joined by another 100 students next year and on and on.

A total of 3,000 students applied for the 64 openings and 400 had interviews. They came from 31 universities, notably 16 from the University of Michigan, 11 from CMU and seven from Michigan State. Fifty-eight percent are women and their average MCAT med school admission test was 3 points higher than the average across the country for getting into medical school.

I wrote last fall of the university's effort to get their medical school off and running and, as of Aug. 4, it is now a reality. The docs-to-be have their white coats and they're off on the medical education.

The ultimate goal is to train doctors who will make their homes in mid- and Northern Michigan providing health care to rural areas that are often underserved. It is doubly important as Michigan will need 4,000 to 6,000 more physicians in the coming years.

Kathleen Wilbur, vice president for development and external relations, noted in a recent chat that the medical school is adjacent to other health related courses of instruction that will push better cooperation between the medical school and allied students such as those studying to be physician assistants and other health professionals.

The university has formed affiliations with 20 hospitals basically from M-46 north, including McLaren Northern Michigan and Charlevoix Area Hospital, where the new doctors will learn to hone their profession.

It's an exciting time for a university that started out as Central Michigan Normal School and Business College in 1892 and one which had a well-deserved reputation as a "teachers' college."

Those days are past, Wilbur noted, with students taking education courses in fewer numbers as engineering, the sciences and other non-teacher training disciplines increase in enrollment.

If you would have told me when I attended CMU 1968-70 that there would be the 137th accredited medical school in the country on the horizon I'd have said, "Yeah, right." I'm proud to say that those with a grander vision decided that a medical school was just what the university -- and the state -- needed.

Congrats to the first class of 64 and may they be followed by many, many more.
A change in D.C.

It's almost surreal -- the day after a lengthy article in The New York Times about Katharine Weymouth and her life as publisher of The Washington Post, her family turned around and sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, founder and head of Amazon.

Weymouth will stay on as will her uncle, Donald Graham, Post board chairman and chief executive.

Bezos bought the Post personally and will take it private; the sale price of $250 million is about 1 percent of his personal wealth; in other words, almost pocket change.

But the sale ends a storied run by the Graham family that reaches all the way back to the Depression. And along the way, this local paper has managed to receive dozens of Pulitzer prizes and brought down President Richard M. Nixon.

Donald Graham's late mother, also Katharine but known as Kay, gave editor Benjamin Bradlee the leeway he needed to keep investigating the Watergate break-in that ultimately led to the White House and Nixon. It was, along with the Pentagon papers reported by the Post and the Times, the zenith of outstanding reporting.

Many a journalist after Watergate came to the profession hoping to be the next Carl Bernstein or Bob Woodward. Now that's influence.

The sale of newspapers to the wealthy not of the journalism world is not new, of course, but we've just seen the owner of the Boston Red Sox buy the Boston Globe from the Times. And now the Post goes to an Internet magnate.

We'll just have to see what things Bezos has in mind for the Post. If he's even remotely as successful with the Post as he was with Amazon, it may be very good for journalism.

Kendall P. Stanley is retired editor of the News-Review. He can be contacted at

The opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not necessarily of the Petoskey News-Review or its employees.
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