Our fellowship programs are among the top programs in the nation. Our evidence-based approach to teaching creates an environment for learning the foundations of family medicine while developing the intellectual skills to critically evaluate and incorporate new information.

The resources of the University allow the Department to continually develop innovative fellowship programs to meet to changing needs of new family physicians and the healthcare system.

Fellowship Overviews

The Department of Family Medicine has several well-established fellowships, including:

Academic Fellowship

This program is a one year appointment as a clinical lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine.  It is designed to provide clinical, academic and administrative education for recent graduates of the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency who are interested in careers in Academic Family Medicine.  In addition to maintaining a Family Medicine continuity clinic, fellows regularly teach residents and medical students and attend on a family medicine inpatient service, which may include obstetrics, if desired.  Fellows will have the opportunity to develop and complete an academic project in conjunction with participation in the University of Michigan Medical Education Scholars Program (MESP).

Advanced Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship

This program trains fellows to be leaders in point of care ultrasound (POCUS). It has been has been designed to train primary care physicians to become experts in clinical ultrasound and leaders within the field, it is offered collaboratively with Michigan Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine. The fellowship will provide the skills necessary to become effective directors of clinical ultrasound programs in both academic and community settings, to contribute to research, to teach clinical ultrasound and to get involved on a national and regional level.

Community Medicine Fellowship

The Community Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, full-time clinical fellowship in collaboration with Hamilton Community Health Network in Flint, Michigan designed to build knowledge, leadership skills and advocacy training for fellows planning a future career in Community Medicine and interested in improving the health and healthcare of underserved communities. Clinical experiences are based at Hamilton Community Health Network, providing the opportunity to work in depth with underserved communities in Flint.  Fellows will work with Michigan Medicine faculty to develop individualized leadership and advocacy skills training. They will have opportunities to teach medical students at the Student Run Free Clinic as well as attend relevant state and national conferences. Fellows will collaborate with Hamilton and community partners longitudinally throughout the year to develop a sustainable health project/scholarly activity focused on unmet health needs of the Flint community.

Disability Health Fellowship

The Disability Health Fellowship at the University of Michigan creates clinical leaders, educators, and advocates to improve the health and healthcare of individuals with disabilities. It is a 12-month clinical fellowship that provides fellows the opportunity to improve their clinical skills caring for patients with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, while learning about disability relevant policy, teaching medical students and residents, engaging with the community, and doing research to advance the field. The fellowship utilizes strong partnerships with U-M Family Medicine’s MDisability Program and Michigan Medicine’s Center for Disability Health and Wellness.

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

The Geriatrics fellowship is offered collaboratively with the Department of Internal Medicine, and provides comprehensive clinical training in the care of the elderly patient, as well as an academic component emphasizing the conduct of original research.  The clinical components of the Geriatric fellowship program include exposure to patient care activities in a broad range of settings and a focus on an interdisciplinary approach.  There is a strong didactic curriculum based at the Turner Geriatrics Center and the Institute of Gerontology, VA hospital, Glazier Hills nursing home and the University of Michigan Hospital. The fellowship, which can also be extended for research purposes if desired, provides excellent training in elderly care and opens the door for a wide variety of clinical and scholarly opportunities in the future. Fellowship graduates are eligible to take the examination for a CAQ in Geriatrics offered by the American Board of Family Medicine. We also have an Integrated Geriatric-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship track for those interested in dual certification. 

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

This fellowship is a one year program designed to promote clinical excellence in palliative medicine and also includes training in the educational, administrative, and research aspects of palliative care.  Clinical experiences include rotations at the University of Michigan Hospital, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Mott Children’s Hospital, and Arbor Hospice, along with elective experiences in Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology, Pain Medicine, Neurology, and bioethics.  The curriculum includes a core lecture series, seminars, journal club, bedside teaching, role modeling, supervised clinical practice, self-study, problem-based learning, and writing.  Time is allocated for completion of a palliative care scholarly project in clinical research, education, or quality improvement. We also have an Integrated Geriatric-Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship track for those interested in dual certification.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship

The Integrative Medicine Fellowship is a one year clinical position designed to create national leaders in Integrative Medicine. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn in-depth information about nutrition, preventive and lifestyle medicine, botanicals, manual medicine techniques, and mind-body approaches. In addition, each fellow will choose a modality for more extensive study. Fellows participate in the nationally known Faculty Scholars Program which brings faculty together from across Southeast Michigan to explore aspects of integrative care. Training occurs locally with UM faculty and community practitioners, as well as at relevant national conferences. Fellows regularly teach medical students and residents. Residents interested in the Integrative Medicine Fellowship may schedule elective time in integrative medicine during residency. The fellowship trains physicians to skillfully integrate the best of conventional and alternative medicine while preparing each fellow for a leadership role in the emerging field of integrative medicine.  Upon completion graduates are eligible to sit for the American Board of Integrative Medicine.


The family medicine residency program in coordination with the U-M School of Public Health has developed this program combining the MPH program with the Family Medicine Residency, utilizing the strengths of both programs. The program offers a well-rounded four-year curriculum, with the final year concentrating on MPH studies with a faculty appointment in Family Medicine.

Reproductive Health Care & Advocacy Fellowship

New in 2020, the Department is now offering a fellowship in Reproductive Health Care & Advocacy in partnership with the Reproductive Health Access Project. This one-year fellowship aims to develop leaders who will promote and teach full-spectrum women’s reproductive health care within primary care, specifically to underserved populations.

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

The University of Michigan Sleep Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program devoted to the development of fellows’ expertise in the diagnosis and management of sleep-wake disorders. It is offered in partnership with the Department of Neurology. Seven fellows are accepted each year. Fellows complete 12 months of training with experiences in adult and pediatric sleep medicine. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees are eligible to sit for the Sleep Medicine Certification Examination. Interested trainees may elect to remain as research fellows for additional training in clinical, translational, or basic science research.

Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Department is very proud to offer two sports medicine fellowship positions per year in this well established program. This ACGME accredited fellowship is 12 months in length and provides comprehensive clinical and academic training in primary care sports medicine. There are two annual positions open to applicants who have completed residency training in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The fellowship training program draws upon expertise from faculty members and specialists in family medicine, orthopedics, nutrition, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, radiology, athletic medicine and many others. The fellowship also provides hands-on and didactic training in both diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. The fellow will participate in University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University NCAA Division I athletic event coverage of all major sports. Fellowship graduates will be fully prepared and eligible to take the examination for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQ).

Women's Health Fellowship

The Women’s Health Fellowship is offered collaboratively with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  This is a one year clinical training fellowship which provides comprehensive clinical training in the care of female patients with a focus on Women’s Health care, gynecology, obstetrics, or a combination of these opportunities.  Rotations occur at the UM Women’s Health Program with continuity clinics in one of the Family Medicine Centers. All fellows have a clinical mentorship team consisting of faculty who assist in designing an individualized program to meet the needs and career interests of the fellow.

National Clinician Scholars Program

This program seeks to recruit, train and advance physicians in all specialties who wish to become leaders in research and policy both within and outside the walls of academia. The program stresses training in quantitative and qualitative research methods underlying health services research essential to improving health and medical care systems. The goal of the program is the integration of Scholars’ previous clinical training with skills in program development and research methodology to help them find solutions for issues in public policy, community health and clinical practice. In addition to the University of Michigan, there are several other national training sites for this program.