Dean Update: October 28, 2022 | College of Human Medicine

October 28, 2022 – Aaron Sousa, MD


I had a wonderful visit to the Upper Peninsula this week. It’s always great to meet our students and faculty. The UP Campus does a good job for our students and provides great opportunities for students across the peninsula. Approximately one-third of all physicians at UP have graduated from a medical school or trained in a clearing-house. She is beautiful there. Every trip I take to UP makes me think of the state’s motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumference. Seriously, that’s our motto. Of course, it can be worst.

I am pleased to announce that Jack Lipton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Translational Neurosciences, has been awarded the Lester J. Faculty of Human Medicine which is the highest award in the faculty. Dr. Lipton is an accomplished scholar and leader, and, in particular, has received the award for his many contributions to the department, faculty, and institution. You will remember, he was the founding and sole Chair of the Department of Translational Neurosciences, supported and led the Spartan Spit COVID-19 testing program for the entire university community, and is a vital and courageous leader of academic governance for the benefit of faculty and the entire institution. His work to make our college and MSU a better place to learn, work and pursue knowledge is greatly appreciated.

Last weekend, the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Physicians held its annual meeting, and the chapter recognized the excellence of our faculty with a series of awards:

  • Raynard Bucknight, MD, FACP: The 2022 Michigan Award from the American College of Physicians
  • Ved Gossain, MD, MACP: 2022 Michigan Branch of the American College of Physicians Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Heather Laird Vick, MD, FACP: 2022 Michigan Branch American College of Physicians Award Laureate
  • Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, FACP: 2022 Michigan Branch of the American College of Physicians Governor Raymond Murray Award – Early Occupational Physician

These are fantastic faculty, and they are true leaders in their discipline. our end!

This week, someone(s) posted political pamphlets on the walls of Secchia Center and left them on classroom tables. Publications outside agreed Deployment areas have been cleaned and operations and housekeeping staff will continue to dump them when found outside approved deployment areas. The college is part of a nonpartisan state university, and the Secchia Center is a university building. By law, the university and college do not take separate political positions such as endorsing or supporting specific candidates or proposals. College doesn’t, but its folks can and do. After Dobbs’ decision, I wrote On the difference between the opinions and attitudes of faculty members versus the faculty position.

Students, student groups, and faculty can take and put forward political positions stickers in places (see IIA) Where public information can be posted. Distribution of publications in university buildings, such as the Secchia Center, also have Guidelines (see Section III). Items that do not follow the instructions will be cleaned regardless of their purpose. The university does not censor political speech, even if some of us dislike it or think it would be harmful to the institution. The college is part of the university and does not censor political discourse even when some or many of us think it is unfair or incompatible with the profession.

And while I’m closing, I want to celebrate new scholarship From Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D., Aand her collaboration with Henry Ford / Michigan State University, Brian Ahmadani, MSW, Ph.D.. In addition to Henry Ford’s engagement roles, Brian is a faculty member in the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry and part of CHM’s Diaspora Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The new $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Center, the “National Center for Health Integration and Justice for Suicide Prevention,” has studies within the center focused on suicide prevention for people interacting with the criminal justice system. This follows the previous independent work of both doctors. Johnson and Ahmadani. Their collaboration speaks to the opportunities that come with bringing Henry Ford scholars to Michigan State University College. This work will be important to the many vulnerable and underserved people in our community.

At the service of people with you,


Aaron Sousa, MD FACP


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