New community administrator named at MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Region

 Photo courtesy: MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Region; Susan Tincknell.
Photo courtesy: MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Region; Susan Tincknell. (WLUC)
Published: Nov. 2, 2017 at 12:20 PM EDT
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Susan Tincknell has been named community administrator of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus.

Prior to her MSU appointment, Tincknell was the residency administrator of the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, UP Health System – Marquette, a position she assumed in 2000. While there she served as president of the Association of Family Medicine Administration. She also served on the Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (C-TAGME) board of directors and worked with a task force to develop a certification exam for residency administrators. Tincknell became certified in TAGME-Family Medicine in 2008. She was a finalist for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award. Throughout the years, Tincknell has given several presentations on graduate medical education administration at regional and national workshops and conferences. She also held the position of residency coordinator and secretary at the residency office. Tincknell has worked in the healthcare realm for nearly 28 years.

Tincknell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Management from Northern Michigan University.

“I am extremely honored to be working alongside such bright medical students. One of my goals is to continue what Patti Copley has done so well—to provide support and guidance to our students as they pursue their clinical training, and ultimately their medical specialty,” said Tincknell.

Tincknell’s new role as community administrator became official this October.

“The community administrator plays a vital role in running the campus and helping to meet the needs of our students and faculty members,” said Community Assistant Dean and CEO, Stuart Johnson, DO. “Susan has incredible organizational and administration knowledge and skill. More importantly she cares deeply about the people. This includes our students, faculty, staff, and our community. She will be a tremendous help to our team.”

Patti Copley, RN, retired from her 15 year tenure as community administrator at the MSU College of Human Medicine UP Region.

“In my retirement I look forward to hiking with my dog, kayaking, cross country skiing, traveling, camping and learning more about bird watching,” Copley said. “I also intend to spend more time with family and friends.”

Prior to this role, Copley worked as a staff nurse and nurse manager on the surgical unit at UP Health System – Marquette for 22 years. She has a combined service of 37 years of service in the healthcare field.


The MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus works in conjunction with the UP Health System-Marquette to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its inception in 1974, 278 medical students and 192 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs. Currently, approximately 30 percent of the MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus physicians are practicing in the U.P. in primary care and additional specialties of medicine.