Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program
WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine has received recognition as part of the inaugural class of ACGME residency programs to receive osteopathic recognition for three of our residency programs as of July 1, 2015. We now have the only Medicine-Pediatrics residency program in the country with osteopathic recognition and are able to offer an osteopathic-focused track available to our residents. Our Internal Medicine program is one of four in the country making osteopathic recognition available to its residents and our Family Medicine program is one of 13 programs nationwide as well. We take pride in continuing a tradition that has already been in place since 2004 when we first started osteopathic training in Kalamazoo. Having this osteopathic-focused track allows both osteopathic and allopathic graduates to participate in learning about osteopathic principles through monthly didactics, OMT Clinic time and hands-on instruction in the principles of manual medicine. We are offering this optional track to the residents who match into our residency programs.
We take pride in offering the education, training, and clinical experiences you'll need in order to reach your personal career goals. Our three-year program offers:
- Full-time, board-certified faculty members.
- Individualized rotations to fit your career goals.
- An international health/tropical medicine elective.
- Thorough preparation for board certification.
- Low resident-to-faculty ratio.
- A diverse patient population of more than 1 million.
- Direct responsibility for patient management.
- Research opportunities.
- A personal faculty mentor.
- Chief resident opportunities.
- Successful placement rate in subspecialty fellowships.
- A competitive benefit and stipend package.
During the first six weeks of residency, first-year Internal Medicine and Med-Peds residents participate in Foundations of Clinical Medicine. The workshops, which began at the medical school in the summer of 2015, give new interns the chance to develop and hone the basic diagnostic and procedural skills they will use during residency. All faculty and senior residents from Internal Medicine and Med-Peds, as well as community faculty, help teach the workshops.
The WMed program equally fosters the necessary allopathic and osteopathic environments that residents need to development successful medical practices, enter subspecialty fellowships, and pass board exams. Our faculty members are committed to medical education and enthusiastically nurture the joy of patient care. The curriculum design provides opportunities to practice all facts of internal medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Kalamazoo area has a varied and challenging patient base (of more than one million) with a broad range of pathology. Rotations are individualized to help meet personal career goals. We want our residents to be compassionate and caring but we also want them to be smart and clinically expert. Patient-based education is stressed from daily morning conferences to bedside teaching. We promote lifelong learning by emphasizing the challenge and the fun of learning. The program provides MIKA and the NE Knowledge + for residents. Residents at the PGY-II level or higher are eligible to participate in a developing country/international medicine elective. The elective focuses on poverty-related and tropical diseases. It offers residents a rare opportunity to experience medical care in a cross-cultural environment.