The Wayne State University Family Medicine Residency Program's Urban Track (FM-UT) began in July 2019 with two residents. The FM-UT builds on the WSU School of Medicine's commitment to Urban Clinical Excellence. Candidates are expected to have deep levels of interest in public and population health, experience with underserved populations and be committed to a primary care career in an urban setting.
The FM-UT is supported by the MIDOCS program, an initiative begun in 2015 by the Michigan legislature to address anticipated shortages in primary care physicians in the state, in particular those practicing in underserved and rural communities. In order to encourage qualified candidates, MIDOCS provides financial assistance up to $75,000 for the repayment of medical education student loans in exchange for successful completion of the FM-UT residency and two years of practice in a designated underserved community in Michigan. (For full details on the MIDOCS program requirements, click here.)
The curriculum for the FM-UT parallels that of the other residents. In the first year FM-UT residents follow the same curriculum and rotational schedule as the other interns. In their PGY2 and PGY3 the FM-UT residents will spend time at a variety of other continuity clinics and learning sites in underserved areas (primarily Oakland and Wayne County). Their base hospital remains Ascension Providence Rochester and during outpatient rotations they will attend to underserved community learning posts (such as a free clinics, community outreach events and federally qualified health centers).