Family Medicine Residency Program-Kalamazoo

Dr. Kristi VanDerKolk
Kristi VanDerKolk, MD
Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

In the Family Medicine Residency Program, we prepare and equip our resident physicians to be the medical practitioners of the 21st century. Together, we ensure that graduates of our three-year program are well-trained to:

  • Offer effective, companionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based clinical care to patients and their families
  • Provide culturally competent, relationship- and patient-centered care in a team model
  • Develop clinical questions, utilize quality-improvement data, critically assess medical literature, and perform self assessments to improve and maintain competence

Together, we emphasize versatility and responsiveness in our physicians-in-training, particularly in light of the ever-changing needs of our patients and their families. Whether you picture yourself in private group practice, employed practice, rural health or continuing training in a fellowship, our program will offer you an outstanding educational opportunity to reach your goal.

Program Highlights

  • Our residents work at an outpatient clinic based at Kalamazoo’s Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center, where we are committed to compassionately serving the underprivileged.  The medical challenges in this population result in a breadth of training that is not found in many community based residencies.
  • Our program was one of the first in the country to receive Osteopathic Recognition through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Together, we are continuing our legacy of integrated, high-quality, and hands-on Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Training throughout the AOA/ACGME merger and beyond.  Osteopathic medical students are welcome and encouraged to apply. OMM Training is available to interested MDs and DOs.
  • We offer international elective for our resident physicians, including an annual tropical medicine rotation in Madagascar, and have a new elective rotation in Peru.
  • We offer a breadth of experiences in obstetrics and gynecology. The Family Medicine residency clinic has our own unique patient population for whom we provide prenatal care and delivery. All residents are taught competency in spontaneous vaginal deliveries in hospital-based rotations,  and continuity deliveries occur during the second and third years of training. Residents who are interested in making OB part of their practice have additional opportunity to obtain extra experience through elective rotations in Family Medicine Maternity Care.
  • At WMed, you will get the opportunity to work with – and provide care to – college athletes from both Division 1 and Division 3 schools, high school athletes, professional soccer and hockey teams, participants in the USTA Boys 18-16 National Championships and other annual sporting events.

Program Requirements 

  • Pass USMLE/COMLEX Steps 1 & 2 (CS & CK).
  • Graduate from medical school within the previous three calendar years.
  • Graduate from a medical school approved by the Medical Board of California.
  • Minimum of six months of U.S. clinical experience.
  • A demonstrated interest in Family Medicine.