Eric Becker, M.D. - Midland, MI
"Every person who comes here says we have an exceptional program."
Residency in Midland Was His Number One Choice
Eric Becker, M.D., looked into every family medicine residency in the state before deciding on the program at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland.
“Midland was my number one choice, far and above the rest,” he said. “I felt that what was written about the program was truly going on here.”
Even after having done his research, Dr. Becker was a little surprised by the opportunities he found in the unopposed program at MidMichigan. Having an unopposed program means that there are no other residency programs at the Medical Center, and no need for family practice residents to compete with residents from other specialties for clinical experiences.
“You can do much more here than at programs where you work through specialty services,” he said. “As one example, in most programs, not everyone will get to manage the obstetrics floor. At MidMichigan, everyone can.”
Diversity in Faculty, Students and Patients
Dr. Becker, who earned his medical degree at The University of Michigan, found at MidMichigan a faculty that was diverse, got along well and performed all aspects of family medicine. He said that in MidMichigan’s program he sees the same high level of academic standards and qualifications as those at U of M.
Diversity also described his fellow students, who came from all parts of the United States and the world, and the patients he worked with at the Family Practice Center, adjacent to the Medical Center in Midland.
“I saw a great variety of patients, from corporate higher-ups to people living below the poverty line,” he said. “The entire office takes care of about 15,000 folks. The good part was I had a pool of patients who were mine from the time I started through graduation."
Self-Directed Learning in a Supportive Community
The program is structured to appeal to self-directed learners, which Dr. Becker described as people who can identify their weak points and work to fix them without being guided through the process. Residents are assisted along the way, rather than being led through step-by-step. As a result, the more effort they put in, the more benefits they get out.
Many area physicians are graduates of the Family Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland and have become part of a supportive community.
“Both family docs in the community and those in the ER, where about half are graduates of the program, are happy to give back and teach the residents,” he said. “In addition, both the nurses and the assistants in the hospital shared their knowledge with us. In some ways, they taught me as much as some of my instructors.”
After completing the three-year program in 2008, Dr. Becker was invited to join the faculty. To others who might be considering MidMichigan’s program, he says, “Come on down. We’d love to have you. Every person who comes here says we have an exceptional program.”
Contact the Family Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland for more information, including a full color brochure about the program. Call, write or e-mail the program coordinator:
Denise Shelden, Program Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency Program
MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
4000 Wellness Drive
Midland, Michigan 48670
Toll free at (877) 509-1794