Jakub Malarz, M.D. - Midland, MI
"I felt ready to practice when I completed the program. All the residents feel that way. They are ready"
A Jump-Start for Practice Skills
“A lot of people underestimate this program,” said Jakub Malarz, M.D., a 2009 graduate of the Family Medicine Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. “In fact, it’s ideal for anybody who actually wants to be ready to practice when they’re done.”
Dr. Malarz recalled, as a resident, meeting and answering questions from medical students about the program.
“They wondered if they would get enough hands-on experience and see a broad spectrum of medical conditions and patients. They wondered whether this program could really prepare them well if it wasn’t at a big, urban hospital,” he said.
According to Dr. Malarz, the Family Medicine Residency offers what they were seeking, and more, as his experience shows. “I finished the residency on Friday and joined my practice on Monday. It felt very comfortable, like taking the next logical step, not leaping over a big gap. I felt ready. All the residents feel that way. They are ready.”
Strength in the program and its people make this residency an excellent choice.
Having an unopposed program means residents do not compete for direct hands-on experience, even in obstetrics and emergency rotations. That’s an even bigger advantage in a facility with state-of-the-art technology, advanced programs and a demonstrated reputation for quality.
“In the year between medical school and residency, I worked in a free clinic with a number of family physicians,” Dr. Malarz said. “I heard a lot of them say, ‘I wish I had more training in this, I wish I had more in that.’ I didn’t come out of my residency feeling that way,” he said.
Daily Office Hours
Residents have office hours every day, not just a few times a week. And the office is right on the Medical Center campus. “The day-to-day routine becomes increasingly like that of a family medicine physician,” said Dr. Malarz.
As they build a panel of up to 600 patients, residents learn to work as part of a team within the office environment, learn to keep moving forward and be very efficient while providing patients with good care.
Instructors Challenge and Support
The program’s academic faculty is one of its real strengths, according to Dr. Malarz. “They push you hard, train you well, and expect you to do more than just the minimum,” he said.
“At the same time, there is a really big support program. Residents come to appreciate the caring attitudes and willingness to help them out and provide opportunities to learn.”
Living in Midland
“My wife, Alina, and I started our family while I was a resident,” Dr. Malarz said. “So I was glad to be in a place that was safe for us.”
He was also able to enjoy favorite activities such as cycling, skiing, running and hiking. In fact, Dr. Malarz and Alina liked Midland so much, they decided that he would join a local practice and they would make the town their home.
Contact MidMichigan's Family Medicine Residency Program 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
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