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WSU History, Profile & Facilities Information


Opened in 1868, the Detroit Medical College was the founding unit of what was to become, in 1956, Wayne State University. With the opening of the Gordon H. Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences, the entering class size of the School increased to 256 students, making it one of the largest medical schools in the nation. In 2006, the medical school increased the class size again to over 300 and making it the 3rd largest medical school in the nation. As Detroit’s only medical school, WSU is committed to its mission of providing and improving health care to the community.


A large city medical center presents a number of patients with a wide range of medical and surgical problems. This is especially important in subspecialty areas, where the draw of a regional tertiary-level medical center provides an opportunity for much needed training and experience.


Wayne State University has research opportunities unavailable in the non-university setting. Department chairs and faculty are drawn from among the leading researchers and educators in the country. There is ample opportunity for residents interested in academic medicine and research to work with leading investigators in a great number of different fields and specialties.

Wayne State University School of Medicine Organizational Profile

Wayne State University is Michigan’s only urban research university, fulfilling a unique niche in providing access to a world-class education at a great value. Wayne State’s 11 schools and colleges offer more than 350 major subject areas to 33,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
WSU is located in the heart of Detroit’s University Cultural Center, the home of renowned museums, galleries and theatres, most within walking distance to the campus. The WSU main campus encompasses 203 acres of beautifully landscaped walkways and gathering spots, linking 100 education and research buildings. There are five extension centers in the metropolitan area that provide convenient access to a wide selection of courses.

The School of Medicine’s mission is to provide first-rate medical education while leading the field through research and patient care. The school ranks 22nd in total research expenditures in health sciences with a research portfolio of about $137 million annually, according to the National Science Foundation. Its faculty is dedicated to the provision of the most advanced medical care, delivered by the nearly 700 members of the Wayne State University Physician Group.

Although the school’s faculty offer expertise in virtually all medical fields, the institution’s areas of research emphasis include cancer, women’s and children’s health, neuroscience and population studies. Research highlights in these areas include:

WSU’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranks first in the country in terms of total funding from the National Institute of Health. It is the home to the NIH Perinatology Research Branch, which is dedicated to improving the quality of maternal-fetal health nationwide. The department pioneered several innovative therapies in this field of medicine, including fetal surgery to treat birth defects in the womb, the first-ever successful in-utero bone-marrow transplant and Michigan’s first in vitro fertilization program.

WSU is the academic affiliate of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 39 federally designated comprehensive c ancer centers in the country. WSU researchers, in conjunction with Karmanos Cancer Institute, oversee more than 400 clinical trials, participate in a national program to collect and study cancer data for future research and provide about half of all national statistics on cancer in African Americans.
The school has a major program of emphasis in the neurosciences, including neurology, neurotrauma, neuromuscular and degenerative diseases, vision sciences, neurobehavioral sciences and neuro-imaging. WSU is also home to the Ligon Research Center of Vision, one of the only centers in the world working on both retinal and cortical implants to restore sight and advance artificial vision, as well as the newly established and highly innovative Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery.

The school’s ties to the community are strong. As the only medical school in Detroit, WSU has a stated mission to improve the overall health of the community. As part of this mission, the School has established with the help of a $6 million NIH grant the Center for Urban & AfricanAmerican Health to seek new ways to redress health disparities by identifying preventive strategies and therapeutic approaches to chronic diseases that plague this population, namely obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Perhaps the most significant contribution the School provides to the community is care to area resident who are under- or uninsured. Along with Wayne State University, WSU faculty physicians provide an average of $150 million in uncompensated care annually.

WSU sponsors a number of community-service and health-awareness programs in southeastern Michigan, including mental-health screenings, Diabetes Day, the Community Health Child Immunization Project, the Detroit Cardiovascular Coalition and Brain Awareness Week. In addition to faculty-sponsored programs, WSU medical students are among the most active in the country for community outreach. The medical students, with supervision, regularly provide free medical care for homeless and unemployed patients at Detroit’s Cass Clinic. Student-sponsored outreach programs also include Senior Citizen Outreach Project, Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Program and Teen Pregnancy Education Program.


Wayne State University Facilities

Gordon H. Scott Hall is the main education building for the School of Medicine. It provides facilities for pre-clinical and basic science education, basic science departments, research laboratories for basic and clinical programs and the administrative offices of the School.

The Helen Vera Prentis Lande Medical Research Building houses research laboratories for clinical and basic science faculty as well as the human resources arm for the school of medicine.

The Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, located adjacent to Scott Hall, houses a full medical reference library, as well as computer instruction facilities.

The Louis M. Elliman Clinical Research Building provides research laboratories, experimental surgical suites and specialized research facilities for the Departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Neurology.

The C. S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development provides research space for programs in human reproduction, growth and development.

The Hudson-Webber Cancer Research Center is the translational facility research flagship for WSU cancer research in partnership with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The Wayne State University Student Center is the heart of campus activity! Our mission is to provide you with a comfortable facility that meets your recreational, relaxation, dining, programming and meeting needs. Fall 2006 Hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center (MHRFC) is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in the heart of campus. Highlights of the facility include a 30-foot high climbing wall, leisure pool with giant water slide, water fitness/recreation area, lazy river, bubble bench, leisure bench and 12-person spa, a full-size gymnasium, 3-lane walking track. For more information, please call the MHRFC information line at 313-577-BFIT (2348).

Wayne State University SOM Affiliated Teaching Hospitals

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

Crittenton provides a full continuum of clinical programs nationally ranked for quality excellence and a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians, representing a wide range of medical specialties providing primary, secondary and tertiary-level care. Crittenton has newlyrenovated facilities and cutting-edge technology for providing patients with the most advanced medical care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Crittenton is the destination of choice for top medical specialists and healthcare services. Crittenton is a fully-accredited teaching facility and provides a campus for residents from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine who are specializing in Family Medicine and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and is a teaching campus for nurses from Oakland University’s School of Nursing.

From the advanced Emergency Department with board-certified, emergency medicine physicians and nurses, to state-of-the-art critical care units, to the new Joint Replacement Center, Crittenton offers some of the best healthcare services where patients ‘Get Better’ in a warm, friendly and secure community setting.

Source: Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Website

Oakwood Hospital – Dearborn

Oakwood Hospital -Dearborn has 632 beds, and is a full-service teaching hospital in partnership Wayne State University that has served southeast Michigan for more than 50 years. For more than 60 years, Oakwood Hospital – Dearborn (OH-D) has proudly served residents across southeastern Michigan. OH-D is a major teaching and research hospital and home to three medical residency programs in partnership with the Wayne State University School of Medicine. It was named one of the 10 Best Hospitals in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report. OH-D is a Level 2 trauma center and has been recognized for clinical excellence and innovation in the fields of orthopedics, neurosciences (Stroke Center of Excellence,) women’s health, heart and vascular, and cancer care.

OH-D, a proud Gift of Life Michigan representative and the first hospital in Michigan to continuously fly the Donate Life flag to raise awareness for organ donation, has won the prestigious Medal of Honor granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–for the fifth year in a row.

Source: Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center Website

Oakwood Hospital – Taylor

Oakwood Hospital – Taylor, formerly Oakwood Heritage Hospital, has been committed to making customer satisfaction its top priority since opening its doors in 1977. Oakwood Taylor has earned recognition as the leading total joint replacement hospital in the region as well as excelling in clinical quality and innovation in the areas of heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure and surgical care. Oakwood Taylor was also awarded the National Top Performer award by the leading healthcare accreditor, The Joint Commission, and is only one of 244 hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction two years in a row. While recently investing more than $30 million in expansion and renovation projects, OHH continues to be a technologically advanced and recognized healthcare leader to the communities it serves.

Source: Oakwood Hospital – Taylor Website

St. Joseph Mercy – Oakland

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is a 443-bed comprehensive, community teaching hospital and member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Long recognized as a leader in Cardiology, Critical Care, Women’s Health and Orthopedics, SJMO has been serving and improving the health and well-being of the community for more than 85 years. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, recently verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, provides first responders, patients and the community with increased access to highly specialized care during emergency situations. The verification ensures that patients with severe injuries receive priority access to the full spectrum of SJMO’s resources, including inhouse coverage for trauma surgery, anesthesia, critical care and radiology, as well as cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular and thoracic care. Learn More. a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Oakland County’s newest Trauma Center. SJMO is honored to be a nine-time award winner for excellence in cardiovascular care and a two-time Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital. We were recently named a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center (+) for Knee and Hip and Spine Surgery, and designated by the Aetna Institute of Quality for Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery for demonstrating excellence in care, a commitment to continuous improvement and an exceptional value to patients for Orthopedic care. SJMO continues to achieve national recognition for its quality, patient safety and cost-efficiency. Once again SJMO was recognized as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital for patient safety and quality.

SJMO offers a comprehensive array of advanced surgical and minimally invasive procedures (including da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery ( ) in both our Surgical Pavilion within the hospital and our outpatient surgical center. SJMO offers the latest in cancer diagnostics, clinical research trials and therapeutic technology.

SJMO has also revolutionized its approach to stroke care, offering a complete range of neuroscience services and dedicated resources to diagnose, treat and manage stroke. SJMO created the Michigan Stroke Network , providing comprehensive stroke care to more than 30 partner hospitals across Michigan through the use of telemedicine.

Source: St Joseph – Oakland Website

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

Since 1939, the Detroit VA Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. In 1996, the medical center moved from its original location in Allen Park, Michigan to the current location in Detroit. Located in the Midtown area of Detroit, it’s our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 330,000 Veterans living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties. This population represents approximately forty-four percent of the Veteran population in the lower peninsula of Michigan.

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center is a teaching hospital which provides a full range of services, with state-of-the-art technology for patient care as well as education and research.

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center is primarily affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine * and the Detroit Medical Center. We offer residency training in all major medicaland surgical specialties and subspecialties, including Dentistry. Associated Health Training is offered in nursing, psychology, speech, social work, optometry and physician assistants. We are part of a national nursing initiative, VA Nursing Academy, and in this endeavor our main nursing affiliate is University of Detroit/Mercy. We also partner with many academic institutions in Southeast Michigan as well as with other medical centers nearby.

Each year the Detroit VAMC funds over 80 medical and 10 dental resident positions. We train over 500 clinical residents and provide another 600 trainee positons for nursing and associated health students.

Source: The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center Website