Welcome from the Program Director
Welcome to the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. Our residency program offers diverse training in both adult and pediatric medicine with substantial experiences in primary care and subspecialty medicine. Overall, our program is designed to be four years packed full of learning, developing sound clinical judgment and skills in an environment that is nurturing, supportive and enjoyable!
In 2015, WMed received osteopathic recognition as part of the inaugural class of ACGME residency programs. We now have the only Med-Peds program in the country with osteopathic recognition and we offer an osteopathic-focused track to our residents. Together, we take pride in continuing a tradition that has been in place since 2004 when we first started osteopathic training in Kalamazoo, which allows osteopathic and allopathic graduates to participate in learning about osteopathic principles through monthly didactics, OMM Clinic time and hands-on instruction in the principles of manual medicine.
During the first six weeks of residency, first-year Med-Peds and Internal Medicine residents participate in Foundations of Clinical Medicine. The workshops 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 Med-Peds and Internal Medicine, as well as community faculty, help teach the workshops.
- A combined Med-Peds clinic
- Combined Med-Peds conferences, including Med-Peds Grand Rounds
- Well-integrated curriculum with easy transitions between the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs
- Global health/international and tropical medicine curriculum
- Combined-trained program director and faculty
- OMM career track
- Board eligibility in both specialties
- Dedicated program coordinator and administrative assistant
- Global Health Certificate Program
Welcome from the Med-Peds Co-Chief Residents
Welcome to Medicine-Pediatrics at WMed. Our program boasts strong Med-Peds faculty and dedicated administrative support staff. We integrate seamlessly with our categorical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics programs. Most importantly, our program balances an academic atmosphere with a close-knit and personal feel.
We work in two community hospitals with 800 combined beds and see patients of all ages with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. We have the privilege to treat not only rare adult and pediatric conditions, but also have a solid foundation of commonly encountered cases. Our continuity clinic consists of both Internal Medicine and Pediatric patient visits and is staffed by Med-Peds faculty. We have osteopathic trained faculty that provide us with monthly osteopathic didactics and the ability to provide osteopathic manipulative medicine to patients in clinic.
There are many avenues for scholarly development at WMed, including research mentorship and institutional support to present at regional and national conferences. WMed offers unique experiences in global health, including trips to Madagascar and Peru. The medical school offers a unique opportunity to become involved in basic science research and undergraduate medical education. There are multiple didactic sessions throughout the year where we use the state-of-the-art virtual hospital and simulation center at the medical school. We have recently launched courses in point of care ultrasound and global health.
Located just a short distance from Lake Michigan and Grand Rapids, and equal distance between Chicago and Detroit, Kalamazoo is a unique city in its size and culture. With a large university, several small colleges, and many prosperous businesses in town, Kalamazoo offers big-city benefits with a small-town feel. We hope you have an opportunity to visit this place we happily call home. We welcome the opportunity to answer any additional questions!
- What hospitals do residents work at?
Our residents rotate through 2 hospitals, Ascension Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital. Ascension Borgess Medical Center is a 422 tertiary care hospital with a level 1 trauma center, over 70,000 ER visits yearly, and an inpatient psychiatry unit. Bronson Methodist Hospital is a 410 tertiary care hospital with a level 1 trauma center, over 99,000 ER visits yearly, and an inpatient Children’s Hospital with 35,000 children treated annually. Bronson Children’s Hospital includes a general pediatric service, PICU, and a level 3 NICU and nursery.
- What is the patient population like?
Kalamazoo has a diverse patient population that needs primary care and hospital care. We care for a racially diverse population with a significant number of university/hospital employees and their families. We also have a large Spanish-speaking population and have full-time interpreters available 24 hrs./day. We are also privileged to serve a large indigent population. There is a wide variety of disease processes and pathology from which to learn.
- Are there International Electives?
Yes!! WMed has a global health certificate tract. The faculty schedule annual trips to Madagascar, Peru and work with residents to achieve this certificate.
- Can residents be part of hospital committee?
Yes, residents and fellows have opportunities to participate as full members of important system-wide committees such as: Safety, Resident/Fellow Quality and Safety Council, Clinical Excellence, GME and many more.
- Are residents supported by appropriate ancillary staff?
Yes. There is 24 hours per day EKG technicians, respiratory therapists, phlebotomy, IV, blood gas and patient escort teams.
- Do the residents have a combined Med-Peds clinic?
Yes!! We have an internal medicine-pediatrics resident continuity clinic that is staffed by our full-time med-peds clinic faculty. Our residents have a half day of clinic once a week, which includes a pre-clinic conference. Our clinic is well organized, well run and is the highlight of the week for residents. During a clinic day, we see approximately 50/50 pediatric and medicine patients. For those interested in OMM, we also have clinic on 2 half days per week that is staffed by our osteopathic faculty.
- Do you have a night float system?
Pediatrics: Pediatric call is usually 5-10 nights per 4 week block when on a core service. Average is probably closer to 5. 2-4 weekend shifts when on electives.
Medicine: Medicine call is usually 5 nights per 4 week block when on a core service. 2-4 weekend shifts when on electives.
- Are there employment opportunities for my spouse in Kalamazoo?
Absolutely. Kalamazoo is a thriving business community with exceptional career opportunities in banking, law, education, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and, of course, health care. The area is home to Stryker and Pfizer.