The Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan Healthcare Professionals have announced an agreement that makes one of southeast Michigan’s largest multi-specialty medical groups the school’s newest affiliate for the training of medical students.
The affiliation, launched Jan. 1, will see WSU medical students train with physicians in the 169 outpatient offices and diagnostic centers of Michigan Healthcare Professionals, which has more than 450 health care providers serving all the hospitals in the tri-county and metropolitan Detroit areas.
Wayne State University’s 1,200 medical students, the largest class of medical students in Michigan, receive inpatient training in affiliated hospitals in southeast Michigan. Michigan Healthcare Professionals now expands critical training in outpatient settings.
“We look to establish a national leadership in medical school-group practice affiliation that sets a new paradigm in health care training in outpatient settings with Michigan Healthcare Professionals,” said Mark E. Schweitzer, M.D., dean of the WSU School of Medicine. “This will be a national model for health care education. We anticipate that this affiliation will be further developed into a more comprehensive system that encompasses both medical school and residency training opportunities in the future.”
“It is a privilege to enter into this partnership with Wayne State,” said Jeffrey Margolis, M.D., president of Michigan Healthcare Professionals and board member and lead physician of the Oakland Medical Group Oncology Division. “It’s the highest honor when a medical school recognizes your excellence in clinical care and entrusts you to educate future generations of doctors.”
With the future of medicine focused on population health and enhanced wellness-based care models, MHP’s network of highly-trained physicians will provide students with advanced training in community outpatient settings, where the majority of patient primary and specialty physician encounters occur. MHP providers are nationally known for several specialties including oncology and radiation therapy.
MHP’s guiding philosophy of physicians taking more responsibility for the outcomes of medical care and the overall well-being of patients, patient care protocols guided by well-defined clinical trials, an emphasis on preventive medicine and related wellness programs, and a team concept in which physician care is augmented by ancillary health care workers, aligns with the School of Medicine’s goal of developing and training a diverse student body through high-quality education, clinical excellence, pioneering research, and investment in the community to prepare physician and biomedical scientific leaders who transform the promise of equal health into a reality for all.
The affiliation broadens the medical student experience beyond inpatient settings and provides students with the opportunity to understand the continuum of care in a patient-centered care model from wellness and prevention through to chronic and acute illness and injury.