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Family Medicine Residency

Welcome Applicants!

Thank you for your interest in our program. We welcome you to the UM Health-West Family Medicine Residency Program.

Our Program

The Family Medicine Residency Program at University of Michigan Health-West is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We have continued accreditation and have initial accreditation for Osteopathic Recognition (OR). Our program offers five first year positions.

The Family Medicine Residency at University of Michigan Health-West provides clinical experiences in its outpatient office at Community Health Center. This office features 31 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms and an array of equipment for clinical procedures. Our office sees a large, underserved population. In addition to this, approximately 15% of our patient population is made up of new immigrants to the United States. These patients come from all over the world including the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Bosnia, Africa, Central and South America. Clinical cases are also diverse. We have a large pediatric population. In addition, our residents manage a wide range of primary care concerns including women’s health, hypertension, psychiatric disease, autoimmune disorders, etc.

We teach more than 30 outpatient procedures at Community Health Center including dermatological procedures, colposcopy, cryosurgery, fracture care, joint injections/drainage, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. As a resident, you will have the opportunity to learn how to manage health care for an entire family, even in the most complex cases. 

Specialty rotations are offered with more than 60 specialists who provide training in areas such as cardiology, pulmonology, rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and sports medicine.

A requirement of graduation is that all residents participate in at least two senior projects.  One of these projects must be a Quality improvement project.  The second project may be another QI project or original research. You will have access the MSUCOM statewide Campus system research team as well as the UMHW IRB and research team.  You must present at least one of your projects at the University of Michigan Health-West research day.

The program is affiliated with the Statewide Campus System of Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other affiliated hospitals include Devos Children’s Hospital, Corewell Health (formerly Spectrum Health), Trinity Health, and Kent County Public Health Department.

In addition to our Statewide Campus System affiliation through MSU, we are also offer our residents the opportunity to rotate at other hospitals in the Grand Rapids area.  Research is strongly encouraged, and our residents have won awards for the work they have done in clinical research.

Our program strength is our residents, our staff, and our ability to prepare our residents for a future outpatient family medicine practice. We use EPIC as our EMR for both in-patient and out-patient visits. We currently offer a Sports Medicine Fellowship at UMHW (see program). We quickly responded to the pandemic by offering virtual visits and continued to care for our patients throughout the year.  Although the pandemic had a significant impact on our patient numbers, all our residents graduating in 2020 met the 1,650 requirements (when counting virtual visits).  Our numbers have rebounded, and our most recent graduates met their patient numbers.

Mission Statement

To produce high quality, well-trained family medicine physicians while caring for the underserved population in the greater Grand Rapids area.


The Family Medicine Residency program is made up of hard-working, dedicated, goal-driven individuals who wish to provide primary care to patients in their communities.  The program provides a comprehensive 3-year curriculum to enable residents to learn the skills they need for a successful practice.  The program seeks to train individuals who have expertise in population health and who participate in serving the medically underserved population.  It is the aim of the program to produce excellent, independent practitioners who will be professional leaders in their hospitals and communities.

Welcome Letter

Before learning more about the family medicine residency, please read this Welcome Letter from the Family Medicine Faculty.

Family Medicine Minimum Criteria and Application/Interview Process

Meet the Faculty & Residents

For More Information

Program Director – Dr. Leezanne Zeng

Contact Blanca Awrey, BS, Senior Program Coordinator

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