Frequently Asked Questions

Why HFH?

We offer rigorous and rewarding clinical experiences that will serve a physician for the remainder of their career. Learning family medicine in the heart of Detroit offers a unique and valuable vantage point on the importance of primary care in the 21st century.

What is the Family Medicine Clinic like?

Our continuity clinics are located in historically important neighborhoods within the city limits of Detroit. Our patients come from diverse socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. There is exposure to a wide variety of pathology and psychosocial complexity, which gives residents the knowledge and confidence to care for the most vulnerable patients. Alongside our faculty members, residents work on multidisciplinary teams to promote maximal healthcare outcomes for our patients.

What is the Family Medicine inpatient service like?

On the Henry Ford Hospital Family Medicine inpatient service, we manage some of the most complex patients within our larger network. This is a rigorous rotation that offers excellent opportunities for exposure to a variety of pathology, rare diseases, and advanced therapies including heart, lung, liver and kidney transplant.

How many residents do you accept?

The Henry Ford Family Medicine Program is an 8-8-8 Program. We have two continuity clinics, which are each assigned 4 residents per year. The continuity clinics are at Henry Ford Harbortown and Detroit Northwest. Residents also regularly rotate at CHASS clinic, which is an FQHC in a historically Latinx neighborhood in Southwest Detroit.

What are some of the unique opportunities at the Henry Ford Family Medicine Residency?

  • Residents have the opportunity to regularly work with Street Medicine Detroit whose mission is to ensure access to compassionate and high-quality medical care for Detroit’s unreached and service-resistant homeless population. 
  • All residents complete a Health Equity rotation in their first year. This is led by Dr Denise White-Perkins, who is a leading expert on health care equity both locally and nationally.
  • Residents complete a longitudinal Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) rotation, which provides opportunities for community engagement, systems-based practices and research.
  • Residents will rotate on the inpatient service at the Childrens’ Hospital of Michigan during the second year, which is one of the oldest pediatric training institutions in the nation and gives residents extensive exposure to a variety of pediatric pathology.
  • Residents have the opportunity to learn comprehensive primary care for LGBTQ+ patients including gender-affirming hormone therapy, PrEP for HIV prevention, and HIV primary care through our LGBTQ+ Health elective which is done in partnership with the Ruth Ellis Health and Wellness Center. This elective is available to second and third years.

What is living in Detroit like?

Detroit is a vibrant city with a rich history that is still being written. From hiking on Belle Isle, to discovering new restaurants downtown, to cruising Woodward Ave, there is no shortage of things to do. Additionally, there are 4 major league sports teams here as well as the nationally renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Institute of Arts (don’t miss seeing the Diego Rivera Court!).

Does your program accept applicants with J-1 visa status?

Yes, our program accepts applicants with J-1 visa status.

What fellowships are available at HFH?

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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