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Posted on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 : 3:45 p.m.

University of Michigan Medical School hits 'highest point ever' in faculty hiring

By Nathan Bomey

The University of Michigan Medical School expanded its faculty personnel by 24 percent from its 2005 to 2010 fiscal years, including 184 new faculty members from the 2009 to 2010.

U-M said today that with 2,254 faculty members today, the Medical School now stands at “its highest point ever” in faculty personnel.

In comparison, statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges show that personnel at U.S. medical schools increased 3.1 percent from 2007 to 2009.

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University of Michigan Medical School Dean James Woolliscroft

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Officials attributed a significant portion of the growth to the university’s continuing success in attracting grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. U-M researchers received more than $366 million from NIH during the 2009 fiscal year, reflecting more than a third of the university’s entire research budget.

“The Medical School is in an enviable position among academic medical centers because we are able to hire,” U-M Medical School Dean James Woolliscroft said in a statement.

“But we are not hiring just to grow, but to attract the best of the best, high-quality faculty who will help us reach long-term institutional aspirations. The added benefit is that there are few institutions or companies in Michigan that can boast our growth rate. We are adding well-paying jobs that make U-M one of the few economic drivers in the entire state.”

Of the 184 new faculty members over the last year, 168 “have clinical responsibilities,” U-M said.

The University of Wisconsin’s medical school, by comparison, added nine faculty members from 2007 to 2009, according to the AAMC. Indiana University’s medical school added 68.

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