Midland/Alpena Rural Track

If you are interested in practicing in a rural community, this program offers an excellent opportunity to train at a busy and nationally recognized hospital in a beautiful lakeside community with a medical staff that is deeply dedicated to working closely with learners.   

We will begin recruiting for a new rural track as a result of the MIDOC Consortium. The goal of this program is to attract and train primary care residents in rural and under-served communities.

This State of Michigan initiative is supported by four medical schools and their collaborating residency programs to create residency training positions in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, in order to improve access to health care providers – specifically primary care providers – in these communities.  Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, with which the MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated, is one of the members of this consortium, and has identified the Midland residency program as a participant.

The MIDOCs rural track program will have six (6) residents (2 per year) serving their PGY-1 year at the base program in Midland and their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years at a subsidiary hospital in Alpena, Michigan.  MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena is a nationally recognized rural hospital and has a MidMichigan contracted ambulatory group, individual providers and FQHCs, as well as an independent group practice, all located in the upper lower peninsula of Michigan. 

Clinical Experiences

The rural track curriculum will be adapted from the 3-year curriculum of the Midland program. The dedicated rural training track will allow exposure to all aspects and challenges of rural family medicine, including but not limited to access to primary and specialty care, rural population health and disease management, resource management, use of electronic health records within these practice situations, and robust telemedicine support and specialty support from a tertiary level facility within the system.

During PGY-2 and PGY-3, the rural track residents will participate in didactics with the Midland-based residents through video conferencing.  In order to maintain cohesiveness among all of the Midland FM residents, Alpena residents will return to Midland for month-long group educational experiences, once in the second year and once in the third year (Clinical Seminars).  These small group activities include additional training in musculoskeletal/sports medicine, geriatrics, practice management, women’s health and research.

Rural Medicine Track Rotations

First Year – in Midland

  • Family Medicine Orientation (1 month)
  • Cardiology (1 month)
  • Family Medicine Service (2 months)
  • Medical Subspecialty (1 month)
  • Night Family Medicine Service (1 month)
  • Obstetrics (1 months)
  • Orthopedics (1 month)
  • Pediatrics (1 month)
  • Psychiatry (1 month)
  • Surgical Subspecialty (1 month)

Second Year – in Alpena

  • Clinical Seminars & Research – in Midland (1 month)
  • Elective ( 1 month)
  • Emergency medicine (1 month)
  • Family Medicine Serivce/ICU (1 month)
  • Geriatrics/Palliative Care (1 month)
  • Gynecology (1 month)
  • Medical Subspecialty (1 month)
  • Night Family Medicine Service (1 month)
  • Obstetrics (1 month)
  • Orthopedics (1 month)
  • Pediatrics (1 month)
  • Surgery (1 month)

Third Year – in Alpena

  • Clinical Seminars & Research – in Midland (1 month)
  • Dermatology (1 month)
  • Elective (2 months)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Family Medicine Service/ICU (1 month)
  • Health System Management (1 month)
  • Medical Subspecialty (1 month)
  • Night Family Medicine Service (1 month)
  • Obstetrics (1 month)
  • Pediatrics-ER (1 month)
  • Practice Management/Rural Health (1 month)

Apply Through ERAS

  • Deadline: December 1
  • Midland NRMP program code: 1961120C0
  • Rural Track NRMP code 1961120C1
  • Listed as: MidMichigan Med Ctr - MI, Midland, Family Medicine

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