Rather than trying to attract physicians from elsewhere, we're helping Michigan's underserved communities grow their own physician pools. To do this, we're working to attract the best and brightest medical students from Michigan.
Studies show that physicians born in rural areas are 2.4 times more likely to practice in those areas, and are twice as likely to choose primary care as their specialty. More than 80% of our students are from Michigan.
Additionally, physicians who come from underrepresented or minority populations tend to want to practice in underserved areas. Approximately 11% of our students are from populations that are Underrepresented in Medicine (URM), which is well above the national average.