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. 

MIDOCS is designed to encourage medical students to consider primary care by providing educational debt relief for those willing to make a long-term commitment to serve in a state-designated underserved community.  

MIDOCS will award $75,000 to those who complete residency training and subsequently practice for 2 years in underserved areas.  Residents must also agree to forego any subspecialty training for at least 2 years post-residency.  See the MIDOCS addendum to the WSUGME residency agreement here.

Holders of a J1 Visa waiver or an H-1B Visa are not eligible for MIDOCS.

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

Here's a flyer about the MIDOCS Program in Michigan.


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

Here's a brochure about the MIDOCS Program at Wayne State.

The Family Medicine Urban Track (FM-UT)

The FM-UT is designed for physicians with a strong interest in providing primary care 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.  Since CHASS is a community partner of the Henry Ford Health System, FM-UT residents will also complete inpatient rotations at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  

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 as well as those in 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