- Read bio of Program Director Ghassan Bachuwa MD MHSA MS FACP AGSF
- Philip McDonald MD was named associate program director in 2021. Read Bio.
- 2021 news: 5 years in a row for 100% board-passage for Hurley IM residents!
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, nearly all 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.
New faculty, dictation features, and mobile computers for rounding
- 3 new faculty joined the IM roster: Kaitlin Liroff MD is a 4th infectious disease specialist; recent grad Huda Marcus MD is a new hospitalist faculty member; and Jami Foreback MD PhD joins the ambulatory clinic faculty, as of Sept. 15, 2021.
- A new administrative structure divides certain duties among 3 associate program directors (APD): Aram Minasian MD, IM Clinical Competency Committee; Philip McDonald MD, administrative APD; Thair Dawood MD, diversity & inclusion and quality improvement.
- Wi-Fi has been enhanced in the Dr. R. Roderic Medical Education Center, which allows for greater internet access but also Wi-Fi phone functions.
- Telemedicine has been upgraded to include new equipment as well as the MEND telemedicine platform.
- An internal Hurley wellness website allows information and resources 24/7 from the Hurley Intranet.
- Expanded work areas and other resources: 2 hospital-based lactation rooms are open to residents; a third computer work room was opened up to IM residents on the 10th floor; an Abbott Education Center room was designated as a daily handover location; the residents' lounge was reconfigured to utilize two rooms, with computer work stations spaced apart for pandemic safety, as well as space for a USB kiosk to save presentations on a thumb drive (e.g., to take to conferences); nap rooms are now centrally located in the East Tower.
Facilities & Activities
Recent remodeling makes for a light and airy outpatient clinic and on-site outpatient pharmacy, conveniently located near to each other on the ground floor of the hospital. Residents have designated days to work in the continuity clinic regardless of the location of their inpatient rotation. It takes just a few minutes to walk from one location to another. Noon conferences take place in the new Abbott Education Center, which is also centrally located in the hospital.
Photo Gallery: Internal Medicine people and places
Academic excellence, community outreach, clinical experience
In addition to our core curriculum and training opportunities, Hurley’s internal medicine residency program includes the following key elements:
- Personalized Learning Plans: Interns meet regularly with mentors and their program director to set career goals and map steps to meet those goals.
- 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.
- Monthly Journal Club: Each month, residents and faculty review one or more article and then discuss the content, applicability, reliability and validity of the information as it relates to clinical practice. This is a way to learn and practice critical analysis to better prepare physicians to understand and apply new information in the future.
- Community Involvement: Each of the six resident teams serve two to three half-days per year 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 have a chance to complete one major project, such as a community health screening day.
- 4-week blocks: Residents work on unit-based teams for an entire block, experiencing teamwork at its best. Extra exposures are embedded into, for example, Procedure Week, which may include simulation or a visit to an area homeless shelter. Dedicated time for research and quality improvement can be arranged, as well as other encounters to help residents reach their goals.
- Quality Improvement Teams: Residents join one of the program’s ongoing (or new) QI projects, which are tied to the institution’s quality initiatives and typically have a mentor from the institution’s project/content area, so from year one forward, they can participate at various stages of a QI project.
- Research Teams: Residents join one of the ongoing (or new) research projects with a faculty mentor and also may complete extra research projects to help them meet their academic and career goals, with support from faculty mentors, the program’s dedicated research professionals, and the institution’s Research Center.
Contact Internal Medicine by phone
When email just won't do it, contact the Internal Medicine Residency Program office at (810) 262-9682.