The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Hurley Medical Center provides residents with an exceptional opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a successful career in primary-care medicine or to continue their training in a range of medical subspecialties. With a well-established core faculty and strong faculty-to-resident ratio (including 15 full-time and 36 part-time faculty members), our Internal Medicine residents receive focused guidance while serving one of the largest and most diverse patient populations in the state. Since the inception of the Internal Medicine residency training program, 100 percent of our graduates have passed their national board exams.
Our three-year internal medicine residency program is affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The residency program offers extensive exposure to inpatient and outpatient primary and subspecialty care, as well as an emergency medicine component and the opportunity to pursue medical research projects.
Located in Flint, Michigan — only an hour from Ann Arbor, Detroit and Lansing — Hurley Medical Center is situated near the heart of Southeastern Michigan’s vibrant educational and business corridor. Work/life balance is an important component of the residency training program; the area offers numerous cultural opportunities and, for those residents who pursue outdoor activities, Michigan’s famous lakes, state parks and natural wonders are just a short drive away.
Internal Medicine Program Strengths
In addition to our core curriculum and training opportunities, Hurley’s internal medicine residency program includes the following key elements:
Behavioral Medicine Precepting: A PhD-level Behavioral Medicine Specialist precepts with Internal Medicine residents in their weekly clinic session. Residents are observed and given feedback regarding their listening and communication skills as well as their attention and ability to recognize and address psychosocial issues.
Theme-Based Noon Conferences: From September through June, one subspecialty is selected as the primary focus for the noon conference lectures. A post-test based on the topics covered is given at the end of the each rotation. Post-test scores are used for evaluations.
Protected Study Time for Final-Year Residents: All PGY-III Internal Medicine and PGY-IV Med-Peds residents are given protected study time one afternoon per week. During this time, the seniors meet to review pre-assigned material in preparation for the internal medicine board examination.
PGY-I and PGY-II residents can create their own study groups. A full-time faculty member or chief resident facilitates these sessions.
Evidence-Based Medicine Week: All PGY-I residents spend one week with our evidence-based medicine core faculty. Internal Medicine residents on this rotation have no patient-care responsibilities, with the exception of the half-day clinic.
Community Involvement: Each of the six resident teams serve a half-day per block at an area homeless shelter, providing one-on-one health counseling, group health education, and basic health screening. As part of their homeless shelter team, they also complete one major project per year, such as a community health screening day.
4+1 Rotations (5-week blocks): For stronger educational emphasis and smoother continuity of care, residents are assigned to 5-week blocks. First, they have 4 weeks of inpatient care (or 4 weeks of electives). Then, they have 1 week of ambulatory experiences, which includes five half-days of continuity clinic, with the other half-days designated as ambulatory subspecialty experience, a homeless shelter visit, simulation laboratory training, research and quality improvement projects, and more.
As these photos show, patients now can pick up prescriptions for medicine and devices on their way out the door at Hurley, since a new outpatient pharmacy opened at the entrance to the Outpatient Clinic and Outpatient Lab-Draw areas. Everything has been remodeled to reflect Michigan’s natural beauty with natural light, Michigan photographs, and comfortable seating.
Photo Gallery: Hurley Outpatient Pharmacy and Clinic
Program Application and Additional Information
To apply to our program, candidates must utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
For more information about our residency and Hurley Medical Center, contact the Internal Medicine Residency office at (810) 262-9682.