Community impact

Wayne State University’s Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP) is just one example of how Wayne State Warriors are making a difference in Detroit and beyond.

A culture of care and service since 1868

The Wayne State University School of Medicine was founded as the Detroit Medical College in 1868 by five physicians, appalled by the crude medical treatment they witnessed on Civil War battlefields and dedicated to advancing health education and care. Since then, this commitment to health and service has been the driving force of the School of Medicine, where students and faculty are uniquely positioned to collaborate with acclaimed health care systems and community partners to find innovative ways to reduce health disparities and improve — and save — residents’ lives.

As Michigan’s only public, urban research university, Wayne State plays a key role in the city’s unprecedented resurgence. It has a $2.5 billion impact in Michigan, holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest classifications for research and community engagement, and has invested more than $200 million toward eliminating health disparities

Community service is embedded in Wayne State’s DNA, and has been for nearly 150 years. Through the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s curriculum; innovative interdisciplinary research centers and clinics; community engagement and outreach initiatives; collaborative partnerships; and pipeline programs, WSU SOM students, alumni and faculty will continue to transform communities and improve health education in Detroit and beyond for years to come.