The primary purpose of the collection is to supply medical literature to support the teaching, research, and clinical practice needs of faculty and students in the Colleges of Human Medicine (CHM) and Osteopathic Medicine (COM). The level of support is through the M.D./D.O. and/or Ph.D. levels including the post-Doctoral level. CHM AND COM are both community-based medical schools where clinical practice, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and research takes place across several campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. The College of Human Medicine expanded into the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids in the Fall of 2008. In 2009 the College of Osteopathic Medicine opened two additional locations in Southeast Michigan and continues to expand the Statewide Campus System of hospital partners that take on 3rd and 4th year DO students. Both Colleges have expanded their Residency offerings into new areas of graduate medical education specialties. There are several residencies that are joint ventures between the two colleges.
An ancillary purpose is to support the teaching, research, and clinical practice needs of the other health science schools including the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Nursing, special programs offered in the Colleges, and in those departments with which the Colleges have collaborative or joint programs. These include but are not limited to the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Institute for Health Policy, Public Health, and many of the basic Biomedical sciences (see the Biological/Biomedical Sciences policy). Parts of the collection are also heavily used by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty/staff from allied health and other disciplines.
B. History of the Collection
The print medical collection originated when the Veterinary College was established in the early 1900's and expanded with the addition of the Schools of Medical Technology and Nursing. A major impetus was the first CHM entering class (1966 - two-year program) followed in 1969 by the establishment of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and a full four-year CHM program in 1971. The Land Grant philosophy has driven the direction of MSU's innovative community-based medical curricula which was designed to meet the State's unmet needs with an approach different from that of Michigan's two existing medical schools.
The existing osteopathic collection builds upon a gift from Donald Seihl, D.O. The MSU Libraries owns approximately 38% of the recommended titles in the American Osteopathic Association’s Osteopathic Medical Literature in Print (2004) and approximately 50% of the titles in the Medical Library Association’s Osteopathic medicine: an annotated bibliography and guide to the literature (1998).
The majority of funds are allocated to online subscription purchases including many large packages of journals, ebooks, and ‘Big Deals’.
C. Existing Strengths and Weaknesses
Primary care has traditionally been a major focus of both Colleges, and collection efforts are most intensive in the areas of internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. The biopsychosocial concept of medicine is also of major consideration so the social and behavioral sciences, particularly psychiatry, also constitute a major cornerstone of the collection. The entire university and community are viewed as a resource and laboratory by the faculty and students.