Updated: September 18, 2013
August 12, 2013: New Residency Director
The Department is pleased to announce the new residency director is Margaret L. Dobson, M.D., lecturer. This is a major milestone for the Department as she is the first female residency director.
To ensure a smooth transition, she worked closely with former program director, James M. Cooke, M.D., assistant professor, who remains with the Department teaching and seeing patients at Chelsea Family Medicine, as well as continuing his role as the executive director of the U-M Clinical Simulation Center. Dr. Dobson will also be working with the three assistant residency directors, Nell Burger Kirst, M.D., lecturer, Samuel E. Romano Ph.D., psychologist, and Jean H. Wong M.D., lecturer, during the change.
"I am very enthused to be the next program director at this exciting time in the Department of Family Medicine. Our residency education program historically trains family medicine leaders and innovators, and I am proud to see this continue through our clear commitment to meeting the changing needs of primary care and academic family medicine. We are investing in a PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) quantum leap with integrated resident education, and continuing our resident and faculty collaboration on scholarly projects. We have rolled out a pilot of our milestones evaluation process one year ahead of the ACGME July 2014 deadline, which will allow us greater attention and focus on our learners and their progress. I am honored to lead such a strong team of family medicine educators," says Dr. Dobson.
Dr. Dobson completed medical school at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2007), followed by a residency in family medicine at Brown University Alpert School of Medicine in Rhode Island (2010). She then did an academic fellowship at Brown, before moving to back to Michigan where she has been a faculty member since 2011.
Of the appointment, Philip Zazove, M.D., the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine, professor, says, "I am very excited that Dr. Dobson agreed to take on this critical role. I have no doubt that she will help lead the program to exciting new levels. She brings a fresh perspective to our department and residency team. I would also like to thank Eric P. Skye, M.D., associate professor, associate chair for education programs, for his leadership on the search committee."
The Department would like to thank Dr. Cooke for his more than six years of service to the Department as residency director. Under his leadership, the program grew to 11 residents per year, improved performance in the match, started developing milestones, and received a five-year accreditation from the Residency Review Committee.
"I wanted to thank fellow faculty members for their sincere commitment to teaching and preparing the next generation of family physicians and for your support over the years. Dr. Dobson and I will work closely over the next few months to assure a smooth transition," says Dr. Cooke.
June 21, 2013: Residency Leadership Changes
The Department is pleased to announce the new assistant residency director (ARD) at Chelsea Family Medicine is Nell Burger Kirst, M.D. (Medical School 2009, Residency 2012). Dr. Burger Kirst has been an academic fellow with the Department since 2012, and served as co-chief resident (2011-12). Additionally she is a talented writer who has been published twice in the New York Times.
Read more on the Education Page.
March 15, 2013: Welcome to the Resident Class of 2016
We are pleased to announce that the following medical students matched into our residency program earlier today.
Ypsilanti Family Medicine:
Jane Chargot - Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Laura Heinrich - Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Lydia Lee - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Niyati Shah - Yale University School of Medicine
Angie Wang - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School
Chelsea Family Medicine:
Andrew Cunningham - University of Michigan Medical School
Priyanka Kalapurayil - University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Kristine Martel - University of Michigan Medical School
Heather McGovern - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Greg Shumer - Georgetown University School of Medicine
Katherine Van Drunen - Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
January 2013: Co-Chief Residents Announced
|John Breck, D.O.||Ravishankar Rao, M.D.|
Residency director, James M. Cooke, M.D., assistant professor, is pleased to announce that John Breck, D.O. and Ravishankar Rao, M.D. will be the co-chief residents for the 2013-14 academic year. Drs. Breck and Rao have been very active in residency recruitment, outreach activities, patient care and educational improvement efforts, and are very vocal advocates for their fellow residents.
They will be very busy over the coming months assisting with 2013-14 curriculum changes and planning for the resident retreat in April along with many other activities. As in past years, they plan to take over the chief resident responsibilities following the retreat in April.
“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Margaret Greenough, M.D. and Aaron Heindl, M.D. for their extraordinary leadership over the last year. Their contributions have improved the residency program in numerous ways. They were also instrumental in supporting their resident colleagues and keeping the inpatient services and residency program running smoothly this past year,” says Dr. Cooke.
November 15, 2012: Residency Applications At An All-Time High
In the 2012 Residency Match that happened earlier this year, 1335 U.S. medical school graduates entered family medicine residency programs across the country.
This year 195 U.S. medical school graduates, or an estimated 14.6% of all U.S. graduates seeking postgraduate year one (PGY-1) family medicine positions, applied to the U-M Department of Family Medicine Residency Program for eleven available positions.
“With 1335 U.S. graduates entering family medicine and over 450 residency programs nation-wide, each program would expect to match three U.S. grads on average. The fact that nearly 200 U.S. graduates applied to our program this year, which is more than at any time in the program’s history, is a testament to the quality and reputation of the program throughout the nation,” says James M. Cooke, M.D., assistant professor, residency program director.
Residency Program Receives 5-Year Accreditation
Dr. James Cooke, residency director, is pleased to share the news that the residency program received a five-year accreditation from the Residency Review Committee (RRC), which is the maximum cycle allowed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Dr. Cooke wishes to thank all the faculty, residents, and staff who commit so much of their time, effort, and expertise to making U-M one of the best programs in the country to train future family physicians.
2013 U.S. News & World Report Ranking
The U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School completed their 2013 rankings, and the Department is pleased to announce that it is ranked 7th in the nation in family medicine training. The Department has received consistently high ratings for more than ten years.
The U-M’s overall rank as a primary care training school is rising from 20th last year to 8th this year, largely on the strength of the number of graduates going into primary care.
“It is very gratifying to see that our excellence in patient care, education and research continues to be highly recognized despite the fact we currently are undergoing a national search for a permanent chair. We are so lucky to have such a large number of superb faculty, fellows and residents who make us so successful in so many ways,” says Philip Zazove, M.D., professor and interim chair.
Welcome New Residents
We are very happy to report that the following medical students matched into the U-M Family Medicine Residency Program on Friday.
Chelsea Family Medicine
Tony Grech, University of Michigan Medical School
Marisa Gross, University of Michigan Medical School
Julie Kaplan, University of Michigan Medical School
Belsam Saif, Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine
Trevor Shull, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Jenna Wissocki, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Piscataway
Ypsilanti Family Medicine
Hetal Choxi, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Amy Kreykes, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Katherine Lemler, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Kyle Smith, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Anna Stanczyk, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
We are very pleased to welcome this fine group of accomplished physicians to our program. Please give them a warm welcome when they join us in Ann Arbor on June 18.
Residency Program Expansion
In response to the anticipated increase in demand for primary care physicians, the Department of Family Medicine expanded their residency program for the first time in more than a decade. The Department received a $960,000 federal grant to add one additional resident to the program each year starting in July 2011. “Over the total funding period, there will be five more University of Michigan-trained primary care physicians produced because of this grant,” says James M. Cooke, M.D., assistant professor and residency director. Find out more in the UMHS Newsroom.
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Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency. We are excited to share with you what sets our program apart: the wide variety of educational opportunities, supportive faculty that focus on resident balance and learning, and the chance to learn in both an academic and community environment. Ann Arbor is an exciting place to live, an innovative place to learn, and a great place to relax and have fun. We look forward to meeting you!
- Margaret Greenough, M.D., and Aaron Heindl, M.D.
And last but not least, getting to work with an enthusiastic, collegial group of physicians engaged in your educational experience, in a great location to live!