A number of Detroit-area communities are vying for the right to host a new satellite campus of Michigan State University's osteopathic medical school.
The selection process follows a decision by the East Lansing university to locate a College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids that will serve 150 to 200 first- and second-year students. The College of Osteopathic Medicine now plans to open a satellite campus in the southeastern portion of the state to enroll another 50 students at first and grow to train about 100 students.
The announcement of the satellite campus prompted officials from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to lobby for the project.
The decision-making process hasn't been easy, said Dr. William Strampel, dean of Michigan State's osteopathic medical school.
"Everybody has great ideas," Strampel told The Detroit News for an article published Monday. "We're trying not to play favorites. Regardless of where we locate the satellite operations, we want it to be seen as beneficial to (the counties)."
In addition to the medical students, the facility would have about a dozen full-time positions, plus clinical support employees.
Tom Oswald, a university spokesman, said no firm timetable exists for the Board of Trustees to choose a location.
"I'm told it could come within a matter of weeks, or it possibly could take months," Oswald told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens.