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Education and Research


The Health System is dedicated to training our future health care professionals and leaders. As part of this mission, we sponsor 79 accredited Graduate Medical Education programs which are intended to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for their chosen medical careers. The programs in GME provide residents with the knowledge, skills and values that serve as the basis for the highest quality clinical practice, lifelong learning, scholarly research and community service.  We also provide training programs to students in nursing, allied health and administration professions. 


The Medical School enrolls 170 first year students from a pool of more than 5,700 applicants.  The medical curriculum prepares students to pursue diverse careers in medicine and actively promotes community service, dual degree programs and international health experiences.  Many students are active not only in assisting in providing care in community health centers but also volunteer much time volunteering in community service activities.  The graduates are selected for the most competitive residency programs nationally with a significant number pursuing careers in primary care as well as academic medicine.  Many subsequently assume leadership roles in medicine both in their local communities and nationally.

The Medical School also provides and subsidizes graduate research education in the areas of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine. The Program in Biomedical Sciences provides a gateway to over 13 PhD programs, allowing individualized training environments by pairing students with over 400 active graduate research mentors to allow for exploration into fields that expand traditional boundaries of biomedical sciences.

The Medical Scientist Training Program, established in 1979, is a dual M.D. and Ph.D. program designed to enable a small number of outstanding students to receive both degrees concurrently (typically in 7-8 years).   The Michigan MSTP is offered cooperatively by the Medical School and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.  Fellows receive full tuition, stipend support and health insurance.
The MSTP currently has 82 students in 18 different PhD programs, including Health Behavior and Health Education, Health Services Organization and Policy (both in the School of Public Health), Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Biophysics, Chemical Biology and Chemistry, as well as the core basic science departments in the Medical School.


The Health System is an environment that fosters innovation and scholarship and is prominent in the pursuit of discovery, the translation of pioneering breakthroughs to the clinical and business settings, and in the dissemination of new knowledge to health care providers and the public at large. Much of the funding needed to perform the research taking place is from national organizations or industry sponsors. However, there is a large portion of research that is subsidized and/or sponsored entirely by the institution itself. The level of subsidy is difficult to determine as activities related to the clinical, education and research missions take place simultaneously, but it is estimated to be between 25% and 29% of the direct research dollars spent or between $65 million - $72 million per year.

The University of Michigan Health System has also been heavily involved in Clinical Translation Science, a discipline devoted to improving health outcomes through the bidirectional introduction of research findings into clinical practice and moving front-line clinical observations into scientific inquiry. This cutting edge research helps the UMHS stay at the forefront of medicine and helps translate research from 'bench' to 'bedside' and back again, thus bringing scientific advancements to our community faster and informing our scientists of the community's health research priorities.

Research and Education Programs

The Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in MedicineThe Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine is another joint program of UM and the Ann Arbor VA.  This interdisciplinary research group conducts basic behavioral science research designed to be applied in health care settings to improve the way people make health care decisions. 

Center for Computational Medicine and Biology
Home for the U-M National Center for Integrative Bioinformatics, the CCMB is leveraging early success in information and data integration to study complex medical and biological systems.  The Center is focused on developing and applying high-dimensional data visualization, as well as innovative and rigorous statistical capabilities.  CCMB is bolstering its academic depth by focusing faculty engagements in interdisciplinary research in the areas of prostate cancer, diabetes and bipolar depression. 

Center for Genetics in Health and Medicine
In addition to establishing four core laboratories and developing new cell lines for research, this new center will foster interactions among geneticists, clinicians and biostatisticians across the institution so discoveries make their way to clinicians and patients who need them.  

The Center for Health Communication and Research
The Center for Health Communication and Research is a joint program of the UM Schools of Medicine and Public Health.  It holds monthly seminars with a variety of speakers from across the university and the nation who cover the field's emerging topics in public health, communications, statistics, and technology. 

Continuing Medical Education at UMMS
The University of Michigan Medical School is a leader among U.S. medical schools in providing continuing medical education to community physicians and to its own medical staff.  For community physicians, the Medical School annually offers 100 CME activities regionally and nationally with 1,000 hours of instruction for 8,000 physicians and 3,000 other health care personnel.  For UMHS physicians and personnel, the Medical School annually offers 250 CME activities with over 10,000 hours of instruction for 2,000 UMHS personnel.  Of note is the Medical School’s program of developing and maintaining current clinical guidelines for common medical conditions.  In addition to their use within UMHS, the 25 guidelines are available to physicians world-wide for self-study through the Web site of the UM Office of CME, with each guideline typically being accesses several thousand times per year by individuals outside UMHS.  The Medical School’s CME program is accredited “with commendation,” the highest level of accreditation achieved by only 10% of national CME providers.

The Decision Consortium
The Decision Consortium is a long-running interdisciplinary group on the UM campus that has provided a model for successful cross-discipline collaboration and idea exchange around issues of decision making and decision science in business, medicine, engineering, nursing, law, psychology, and other fields. 

Global REACH
Global REACH (Global Research, Education And Collaboration in Health) is an initiative of the University of Michigan Medical School. Its mission is to facilitate health research, education, and collaboration among the University of Michigan Medical School faculty, students, and our global partners for the benefit of patients worldwide. Global REACH supports numbers projects reaching out to help poverty-stricken communities with medical care and aid.  “Quito Project” is an excellent example. UMMS students and physicians travel to Quito, Ecuador, to provide medical treatment, tutor children and construct community facilities. (Video clip: Molly on her 4-week immersion into family life and healthcare in Ecuador).

The Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center
Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center unites five research and clinical units that exemplify the University of Michigan’s strength in diabetic research, training and patient care. The MCDC consists of the Michigan Diabetes and Research Training Center, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Center for the Study of Complications in Diabetes, the Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes Research and Analysis, the Animal Models of Diabetes Complications Consortium, and the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center. Each center is made up of scientists and patient care providers who seek better understanding and treatment of all forms diabetes - type 1, type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes. The Center collaborates internally with other U-M divisions, and is also in the midst of building a national and international coalition with diabetes researchers and clinicians from around the world. This structure allows all diabetes experts - here at the U-M and beyond - to join forces and seamlessly work together with one goal: to accelerate the progress of finding a cure.

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research
The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research is a trans-institutional academic research and service unit. This virtual institute provides infrastructure to connect scientists across the University in order to accelerate and strengthen all research at the university related to human health, focusing on translational and clinical research. The institute provides an academic home for the full spectrum of activities needed to support such research, including informatics, statistics, ethical oversight, regulatory support, community engagement resources, education programs, health disparities and pediatric-focused research and more.

As part of it’s community engagement mission, The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research aims to educate, inform and empower volunteers and patients in the area of clinical and translational research.  The Engage Web site  is an online tool aimed at providing the community with one gateway for clinical research.  The Web site includes clinical research study postings, recruitment tools, and general information and resources for both the public and staff.

Mini Med School
The University of Michigan Mini Med School offers 6-week courses available to the community regarding various topics extracted from actual medical school curriculum.  The class is intended to provide the community with information not otherwise readily available in an informal manner. 

Minority Health Research Program
The Minority Health Research Program (MHRP) is a collaborative effort within the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities among historically under-represented and disadvantaged populations through research.  Additionally, the MHRP, in accordance with the requirements of our NIH grant, aims to improve the inclusion of minority and historically under-served populations into clinical research studies at UMHS.  The key UMHS collaborators on this effort are Medical School’s Diversity & Career Development Office, General Clinical Research Center, UMHS Program for Multicultural Health, UMHS Ypsilanti Health Center – Family Medicine and Pediatrics, UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, and UMHS Women’s Health Program. 

Medstart is a group of students from the schools of public health, nursing, medicine, dental, law, education, social work, who educate communities about critical issues that impact today's children. It also encourages a spirit of advocacy for children and families in need. Medstart helps children and their families by increasing awareness of today's problems and educating community members so they can make positive changes tomorrow.

The Program on Quality Improvement for Complex Chronic Conditions (QUICCC)
The QUICC is a research group jointly funded by the UM Faculty Group Practice and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.  QUICCC’s purpose is to develop novel interventions that improve care for chronically ill patients with an emphasis on supporting effective primary care and self-management. 

The Summer Opportunities for Apprenticeships in Research (MedSOAR)
Formerly known as Summer Clinical Research & Apprenticeship Program (SCRAP), gives an opportunity for highly motivated high school and college students, including in particular underrepresented and disadvantaged students, to explore potential careers in the field of medicine.

Summer Science Academy (SSA)
The goal of the Summer Science Academy program is to increase the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged students in the field of medicine and other health professions. The program brings together high school students (10th & 11th graders) from throughout Michigan to experience campus and medical school life. They spend two weeks in a dormitory, attend classes from 8-5 and participate in evening events highlighting cultural diversity, self-development and the arts.

UMHS Funds for Biomedical Research
Advances in biomedical science are occurring at a rapid pace. UMHS has a long history of advancing biomedical research and education. The recent expansion of knowledge in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, nanotechnology, and stem cell biology are examples of these advances. Currently, over 23 departments and units provide funding opportunities to researchers and students in innovative areas of biomedical science and help translate this knowledge into practice.