Wayne State Forms Partnership to Expand Outpatient Training for Medical Students

Detroit’s Wayne State University School of Medicine has announced an agreement with Farmington Hills-based Michigan Healthcare Professionals to offer medical students training in outpatient settings.
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Wayne State has partnered with Michigan Healthcare Professionals to offer outpatient training to its medical students. // Stock photo

Detroit’s Wayne State University School of Medicine has announced an agreement with Farmington Hills-based Michigan Healthcare Professionals to offer medical students training in outpatient settings.

The affiliation launched on Jan. 1 and will allow medical students to train with physicians in Michigan Healthcare Professionals’ 169 outpatient offices and diagnostic centers, which have more than 450 health care providers serving all the hospitals in the tri-county and metropolitan Detroit areas.

Wayne State has 1,200 medical students. They receive inpatient training in affiliated hospitals in southeast Michigan. The new partnership will expand 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,” says Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer, dean of the Wayne State University 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.”

Most patient interactions with primary and specialty physicians occur in outpatient settings, and there is an increased focus in medicine on population health and wellness-based care models.

Michigan Healthcare Professionals says its guiding philosophy is that physicians take more responsibility for the outcomes of medical care and overall well-being of patients, create care protocols guided by clinical trials, and emphasize preventive medicine-related wellness programs.

“It is a privilege to enter into this partnership with Wayne State,” says Dr. Jeffrey Margolis, 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.”

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