MIDOCs, a partnership between four Michigan medical schools -- Central Michigan University College of Medicine (CMUCOM), Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSUCHM), Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) -- has worked with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on the development of the MIDOCs Program that aims to recruit, train and retain providers with the goal of increasing access to care in rural and urban underserved communities in Michigan.
To increase primary care training and educational opportunities to direct, recruit, and retain physicians to practice in rural and underserved areas of Michigan.
To increase the public’s access to primary care to improve health outcomes of Michigan residents.
To retain graduates in Michigan and in underserved areas;
To achieve educational outcomes from an innovative educational curriculum (e.g. interprofessional education, telemedicine, population health, public health and community engagement, patient-centered medical home); and
To improve clinical quality outcomes for Michigan residents.
To achieve these goals, the MIDOCs Program will increase the number of medical residency training slots in primary care and other high-need specialties. As medical school-based programs, the MIDOCs Graduate Medical Educations (GME) programs will include innovative curriculum elements and community-based models. The MIDOCs Program will also include a two-year commitment to practice in a rural or urban underserved area in Michigan post-residency with assistance to repay eligible educational loans. The MIDOCs Program will strengthen the ability of the health care workforce to improve health outcomes and increase access to care for underserved and vulnerable populations in Michigan.