In 2017, the Michigan legislature appropriated funds for MIDOCS, a partnership among the state's Department of Health and Human Services and the medical schools at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Western Michigan University. 

Of Michigan's 83 counties, 75 have at least partial designation as a primary care health professional shortage area (HPSA). MIDOCS was created to recruit and retain skilled practitioners to address this physician shortage in both rural and urban underserved areas in our state. It seeks to encourage medical students to pursue careers in primary care and make a long-term commitment to serve in a state-designated underserved community in Michigan.

Interested physicians should understand the conditions of the agreement, found in the MIDOCS addendum to the WSUGME residency contract here.  Physicians who are unable to make a commitment to practice in the state of Michigan for 2 years after completing the residency should not apply.

As an incentive to participation, MIDOCS offers $75,000 in educational debt relief to those who complete residency training in either the Family Medicine - Urban Track or Preventive Medicine programs (detailed below) and subsequently practice for 2 years in underserved areas in Michigan. Residents must also agree to forego any subspecialty training for at least 2 years post-residency.

For further information on the MIDOCS program, including details about eligibility, service obligation, and a FAQ section, see the Michigan statewide program websitehttps://www.michigandocs.org/

NOTE: Holders of a J1 Visa waiver or an H-1B Visa are ineligible.


The MIDOCS Program at Wayne State University's School of Medicine

Medical students may apply for one of two options, both funded by MIDOCS:  

  • WSUGME Family Medicine residency program's Urban Track
  • WSUGME's Preventive Medicine program

All stipulations of the MIDOCS agreement apply to both the Family Medicine-Urban Track and to the Preventive Medicine program.

The Family Medicine Urban Track (FM-UT)

The FM-UT is designed for physicians with a strong interest in providing primary care in our state to underserved populations in urban or rural settings and a commitment to community health. The FM-UT will include training in the following:

      • the biopsychosocial model of healthcare,
      • the social determinants of health and health disparities,
      • the integration of behavioral sciences, and
      • the psychological and social needs of patients.

Residents in this track will train at Community Health and Social Services (CHASS), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Detroit. FM-UT residents will complete inpatient rotations at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital in Rochester, MI.

Residents in FM-UT may elect to receive additional training, either a Master's in Public Health (MPH) or WSU's Bridge Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health.

The Preventive Medicine (PM) Program

Residents in this program will be trained for leadership roles in academic or clinical preventive medicine, healthcare management, or clinical epidemiology.  PM residents will work at two ambulatory practice locations:  Covenant, another FQHC, and Health Centers Detroit Foundation, a FQHC-like center in Detroit.

Residents in PM are required to enroll (tuition free) in the MPH program offered by the WSU's Dept. of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences.  

The Office of Graduate Medical Education at WSU is pleased to offer these new options to WSUSOM medical students. The FM-UT and PM residencies supported by MIDOCS will

  • build on the SOM's commitment to urban clinical excellence;
  • provide improved access to quality healthcare for underserved populations in urban and rural areas in Michigan and the state's correctional facilities;   
  • offer residents the opportunities, challenges and rewards of practicing in underserved urban areas while taking advantage of financial incentives to reduce their educational debt; and
  • position residents as trailblazers in the creation of a sustainable high-quality, high- value healthcare delivery system in Michigan.

For more information, contact WSUGME at 313 577 0714 or the WSU Dept. of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at 248 601 4900.   https://familymedicine.med.wayne.edu/residency