Undergraduate Medical Education

Joining a medical education program is a vital step in your journey to a career in medicine. We’re dedicated to fostering the knowledge, skills, and careers of medical professionals -- a process that starts with one of our many elective or clerkship programs.

We offer a wide variety of undergraduate programs across our three participating hospitals. You can read more about each location below to find the program that best fits you.

Undergraduate medical education hospitals


Henry Ford Hospital is affiliated with the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM). Henry Ford Macomb and Wyandotte Hospitals are affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU COM).

We’re committed to providing high quality undergraduate medical education rotations to students of these affiliated schools for required and elective rotations. All rotations are scheduled through the hospital’s Medical Education Office.

Eligibility and priority

Third-year core rotations are only available to Henry Ford base or clinical campus students from affiliated schools.

Fourth year rotations are awarded based on available educational opportunities and the approval of the residency program director. Applications are prioritized as follows:

  1. Students from affiliated schools (Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  2. Students from other accredited medical schools in the U.S.
  3. Students from medical schools outside the U.S. who are former Henry Ford employees or who are immediate family members of a current or former Henry Ford employee or volunteer (a letter explaining the relationship, with verification, is required)

Applications and policies

Applications for elective rotations must be approved by your program’s department no later than 60 days in advance of the requested start date. For a list of available start dates and other important information about your application, see Medical Student Policies & Start Dates

Along with your application, you must submit:

  • A criminal background check
  • Flu shot documentation (if your rotation falls within the official flu season from December 1 to May 1)
  • Immunization records (to include MMR, hepatitis B, tetanus, and varicella)
  • A letter of good standing from your medical school
  • Proof of personal health insurance
  • A resume/C.V.
  • TB test documentation within 1 year of rotation end date
  • Proof of malpractice insurance equivalent to or greater than $1 million per incident/$3 million aggregate

All students will be oriented on the first day of the student's rotation.


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