Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you will find answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about the residency programs at Hurley Medical Center, which is affiliated with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Program-specific questions are also answered on the FAQ pages for each of the residency programs.

  • About Hurley Medical Center
    • Is Hurley Medical Center affiliated with a medical school?

      Hurley has major affiliations with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the University of Michigan Health System, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels of training. Hurley Medical Center is part of the Flint Campus of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. About 100 third- and fourth-year medical students are assigned to the Flint Campus annually. Our internal medicine, pediatric, combined internal medicine/pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology, and transitional year residency training programs, as well as the geriatric medicine and trauma fellowships, are affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. The emergency medicine residency, emergency medicine pediatric fellowship and pediatric dentistry residency are affiliated with the University of Michigan.

    • What is Hurley Medical Center's Vision?

      The Vision of Hurley Medical Center is to be a premier public teaching medical center recognized as a regional resource for advanced specialized health care.

    • What's new at Hurley?
      • Hurley Children’s Center nears one whole year at Farmer’s Market: Families who visit Hurley Pediatric Residency’s outpatient clinic – and Hurley’s 12 subspecialty pediatric clinics – have found easier access, since the new location is right across from Flint’s bus station. Located in 10,300 square feet on the top floor of the new Flint Farmer’s Market, the office also is handy for medical students from the Flint Campus of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, which is just across the parking lot. The $2 million project (partially funded by the Mott Foundation) concluded in summer 2015. Residents have their own conference room, work stations, and observation rooms for faculty to observe clinical exams; and patients and families have a waiting room that makes it easy to do homework, with tables and comfy chairs. One bonus: Residents now can write a prescription for healthy vegetables and then walk their patients downstairs to the Farmer’s Market, which participates in the state’s Double Up Food Bucks program that matches purchases one-to-one when made by recipients of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
      • Prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables: Patients and families at the Hurley Children’s Clinic can now get a prescription from their clinic doctor for fresh fruit and vegetables from the Farmer’s Market on the lower level. When the Market is closed, bags of fresh fruits and vegetables are waiting for patients to pick up on their way out the door.
      • Remodeled Outpatient Clinic & New Pharmacy: The sleek new waiting area of Hurley’s outpatient clinic is just the most visible piece of the clinic’s recent renovations. Formerly occupied by the Hurley Emergency and Trauma Center, the space now includes new resident physician work space, an outpatient lab, and an outpatient pharmacy – and it’s beautiful.
      • 3 urgent care centers: Hurley recently opened Genesee County’s first and only urgent care that is located inside a medical center. It uses the former Emergency Department space and is open 2-10 pm daily to handle the high-demand times for ailments that can be best addressed in a lower-cost, higher-efficiency alternative than the intense care provided by an ED. In addition, two other urgent care centers now operate under the Hurley name, one in Lapeer and another in Grand Blanc, with on-site X-ray capabilities, as well as a lab-drawing station.
      • Advances in cancer treatment: New liver cancer treatment- Nonresectable primary and metastatic liver cancers now have an alternative treatment at Hurley, thanks to our Interventional Radiology Department’s radioembolization with Ytrium 90, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed by fellowship-trained radiologists. Margin-probe for breast cancer- Hurley surgeons were the first in Michigan to use the state-of-the-art MarginProbe® system during breast lump-removal procedures. Since results are provided in about 5 minutes, patients can stay in the operating room while their surgeons immediately determine whether cancer cells are still present on the margins of the tumor removal.
      • Digital bandage checks vital signs: Hurley has been testing new wearable technology to monitor patient vital signs with a high-tech adhesive patch from Sensium Healthcare. The battery lasts 5 days, and data is sent continually to the physician monitoring patient care.
      • ACE Unit means top care for older adults: Hurley’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit has been providing best practices in health care for older adults, and now they are improving services by participating in interdisciplinary rounds, providing evidence-based recommendations, offering ACE Admission order in the electronic medical record (EMR) system, working with the EMR to complete discharge phone calls on their patients, adding patient- and family-contact in the preadmission process, and providing education to patients, families and other health-care staff.
      • Same-day knee-replacement surgery: Hurley’s Center for Joint Replacement routinely offers same-day knee-replacement surgery, thanks to improved perioperative anesthesia, minimally invasive surgical techniques, expedited rehab protocols, and special training for the center’s nursing staff.
      • Cardiac care improvements: A new 128-slice CT scanner means faster scanning time and better 3D reconstruction for angio exams.
      • Travel-history screening in EMR: Travel screening (with symptoms) are now standard parts of a patient’s entrance into the Hurley electronic medical record system, which allows the hospital to automatically follow protocols to screen for such conditions as Ebola exposure.
      • Prescriptions delivered before discharge: Patients now can fill their prescriptions and get free delivery before they are discharged, which means they are more likely to follow discharge instructions right away – and hopefully will have a better recovery. There’s also an on-site outpatient pharmacy next to our remodeled Outpatient Clinic/ Urgent Care.
      • First-time mothers get help from Hurley: Some first-time mothers now will have free access to a little extra help, thanks to the Nurse Family Partnership Program, a nationally recognized nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers with incomes below 185% of the federal poverty level. Nurses can visit the mothers at home during pregnancy, as well as after delivery, helping young mothers gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be responsible parents. Evidence shows that the program results in improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased intervals between births, increased maternal employment, and improved school readiness. The three-year program receives about $485,000 per year in state and federal funds.
      • New physical therapy site opens: Hurley Rehab Services opened a fourth location in 2015 - in the Crowne Point Endoscopy Center off Hill Road. Open 7 am to 7 pm, it offers comprehensive adult and pediatric physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs, plus operates an award-winning hand-therapy program.
  • Eligibility and Selection Criteria
    • What are your selection criteria?

      In addition to strong scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Learning Examination of the United States (COMLEX), we also require residency applicants to have graduated from medical school no more than five years before entering the residency program, unless the applicant has significant clinical experience in the interim.

      We look at the entire application when evaluating candidates; however, candidates must pass the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 2 Clinical Skills within the first two attempts.

      MINIMUM SCORE REQUIREMENTS

      USMLE      
        Step 1 Clinical Knowledge Step 2 Clinical Skills Step 2
      Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Transitional Year 210 210 Pass
      Internal Medicine, Pediatrics 220 220 Pass
      Obstetrics & Gynecology 230 230 Pass
      COMLEX    
        Level 1 Level 2
      All Programs >/= Ave* >/= Ave*

      * Candidates who take COMLEX Level 1 and COMLEX Level 2 must have a passing score that is at or above the national mean for their exam year.

    • Do you require U.S. clinical experience to be considered for a position in your residency program?

      We do not require U.S. experience. However, if an applicant has had significant experience in a U.S. practice or hospital, that can be an asset.

    • Do you offer pre-match positions?

      No pre-match positions are offered in our residency training programs.

    • Do you accept osteopathic physicians in your residency programs?

      Yes, we welcome osteopathic physicians to apply for our residency positions. To do so, visit the allopathic Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) online at: www.aamc.org/services/eras/, and submit your application, personal statement, dean’s letter, etc. Your COMLEX scores are an acceptable alternative to the USMLE scores.

      For all training programs at Hurley, applicants must pass COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 in the first two attempts. In addition, each of the the scores must be >/= the average COMLEX score for the applicant’s exam year.

    • What about USMLE Step 3?

      USMLE Step 3 is not required for interview purposes.

  • Financial Aid
    • I am a medical student with loans. Is there anything that Hurley can do to help?

      Yes. Hurley Medical Center meets the criteria for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This new program offers forgiveness for remaining debt after a physician has completed ten years of eligible employment and qualifying loan payments. (During those 10 years, an Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan can help keep your loan payments affordable.) For more information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program visit www.ibrinfo.org.

  • Immigration
  • Residency Applications and Interviews
  • Working at Hurley Medical Center
    • Can a resident receive a faculty appointment?

      Yes. The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine offers instructor resident appointments.

    • What is the work environment like at Hurley?

      At Hurley, you will be in an urban setting and a culturally diverse environment, exposed to a unique patient base, and working in a safety-net hospital with a commitment to academic and clinical excellence, as well as to community health. Hurley is a public institution that provides access to care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay. As a Hurley staff member, you will have opportunities to make a direct, positive difference in a patient’s or family’s life. The working atmosphere is collegial and professional: small enough that you will make friends for life and large enough that you will have excellent mentors.