The Office of Communication is dedicated to sharing news about WMed with the media and helping reporters connect with medical experts for stories on medicine and health care.
Contacting our office as early as possible will allow us to better meet media requests. But, when deadlines are tight, we will make every effort to get you the information and experts you need.
Our office can offer supplemental background, provide timely access to researchers, physicians or faculty members and suggest additional sources if your first choice is unavailable.
Guidelines for TV/Video and Digital Media
Permission must be obtained from our office prior to any filming or recording on the medical school grounds. Upon request, we are happy to arrange for video crews to attend events, tape a live event or conduct interviews with faculty and staff members.
Once permission has been granted, we will make the necessary arrangements with campus security, provide parking information and help guide crews through the process of setting up a video shoot or radio spot on campus.
Photographs of the medical school for publication are not permitted without prior authorization from our office. Contact us to arrange a photo shoot at any of our campus locations or to photograph members of our faculty, staff and physicians.
To obtain current photographs of researchers, faculty and staff or historical images of the medical school from our archives, contact Laura Eller.
The medical education facility on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus at 300 Portage Street in downtown Kalamazoo is not a site for patient care. Access is limited to WMed students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff, as well as those having scheduled business with the medical school. The WMed facility is not open to the general public. Throughout the year, WMed hosts scheduled community open house events that are open to the public, and those dates and times are posted on our website.
Laura Eller, Director of Communications
Rex Hall, Jr., Digital Media Manager
Emily Monacelli, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
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About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
We are committed to excellence and health equity through transformative medical education, high-quality, patient- and family-centered care, innovative research, and community partnerships within a just culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is health equity for all in Southwest Michigan through innovation in the practice and study of medicine.
The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon a $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed is a recipient of the Empowering Futures Gift, a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school. WMed contributes to the economic vitality of Southwest Michigan through the services we provide as well as the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an annual estimated economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.
WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The medical school offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. We train physicians in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support our educational mission, we have Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.
The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.
WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery.