Michigan State University has taken another step toward expanding its human medical school into the Grand Rapids area.
University trustees on Thursday approved a one-page resolution authorizing "all necessary and appropriate" actions to create the west Michigan school.
Fifty second-year Michigan State medical students are expected to be studying in Grand Rapids by the fall of 2008. Michigan State wants a new building for 100 first-year students by 2010.
The resolution approved Thursday gives school officials and President Lou Anna Simon authority to take steps such as signing contracts with local hospitals, recruiting faculty members and applying for national accreditation.
Michigan State's board of trustees approved the concept of the medical school expansion in 2004. An exact site for the expansion has not been decided.
The school will keep a medical school presence in East Lansing, university officials say.
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