Biomedical Research and Medical Education

Education and Research2In 2017, Henry Ford’s Medical Research effort earned the highest amount of external funding awarded in the history of Henry Ford Health. 

We have realized growth every year since 2013 (after some years of flat funding).

  • External grants and contracts for medical research reached exceeded $94 million.
  • Henry Ford ranks 4th among all institutions receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in Michigan and 175th in the nation (out of more than 2400 institutions) receiving NIH awards.
  • In the state of Michigan, Henry Ford ranks:
    • 1st in non-university based health systems.
    • 4th after University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University – universities with medical schools.
  • Henry Ford is one of seven institutions in the U.S. to receive a NIH Precision Medicine Initiative research grant with more than $3 million awarded in 2017. Other large increases in funding were in the Center for Health and Health Sciences Research, Public Health Sciences and Hematology/Oncology.
Total Research Awards
2017 2016
 National Institutes of Health
 $28,267,218  $22,175,757
 Other Federal Awards
 $4,501,470  $5,552,550
 Pharmaceutical/Industrial Awards
 $58,140,945  $51,679,941
 State & Local Agency Awards
 $1,013,221  $439,642
 Foundation & Other Awards
 $2,274,646  $2,707,884
 Total  $94,197,500  $82,555,774

Groundbreaking Precision Medicine Research: Be One in a Million

Imagine receiving medical treatment specifically based on your DNA, lifestyle, environment and preferences. Precision medicine is an approach to treating disease that Henry Ford researchers are embracing and helping bring to the world.

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program is a key part of developing precision medicine. It’s a national effort that will create the largest U.S. health data resource ever:  A gigantic pool of health information – a “population health laboratory” – available to all qualified medical scientists.

The NIH chose Henry Ford Health as one of 10 All of Us Research Program sites. In the first six months, mid-June through December 2017, more than 1,000 people enrolled, from all over metro Detroit. Henry Ford will strive to recruit 30,000 people over the next five years to help meet the NIH’s goal of one million participants.

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“All of Us introduces a new way to do research that is incredibly efficient,” explains Christine Cole Johnson, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. “Let’s say there is a new cancer drug that might only work for people with certain genetic characteristics. Today, we’d need to scour the country for people who meet those criteria just to test the drug, which would take months or years. All of Us will do the genetics work in advance. Using the database, we could quickly find people who meet the criteria and ask if they would like to enroll in the study.”

Researchers collect data from participants for about 10 years. All data is kept incredibly secure and confidential, separated from identifying information.

"This research program is so visionary and large that the promise of learning a lot more, a lot more quickly, is strong,” says Dr. Johnson. “It is organized and comprehensive, with great potential for helping medical researchers and doctors figure out causes and cures for disease."

2017 Medical Education Highlights

Henry Ford has one of the largest medical education enterprises in the United States, with highly regarded allopathic and osteopathic programs.

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  • Undergraduate Medical Education
    More than 1,000 medical students System wide providing 2,700 rotations. Academic affiliations with Wayne State University and Michigan State University

  • Graduate Medical Education
    Approximately 1,000 residents and fellows from within and outside Henry Ford in more than 96 training programs at Henry Ford hospitals.

  • Continuing Medical Education
    More than 75,000 CME credits awarded to physician and non-physician learners.


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Learners receive hands-on experience with the “SIM Man 3G,” a realistic patient simulator, and part of Henry Ford’s state-of-the-art virtual hospital, the Simulation Center.
  • In 2017, the house officer wellness initiative was launched with a well-being survey available to residents and an addition of two "wellness days,” allowing residents to take time off for their own physician appointments, family needs, and other personal business. Individual residency programs are developing initiatives to ensure that the needs and well-being of residents is being addressed throughout the year.

  • The Simulation Center, a 12,000 square foot state-of-the art virtual hospital, is visited by more than 10,000 learners annually to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care.

    Henry Ford’s Simulation Center welcomed the “SIM Man 3G” – a patient simulator that actually breathes, sweats, blinks, vomits and can talk to create real-life medical situations for learners.

2017 System Annual Report

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