The Division of General Medicine offers many programs that are helping to advance patient care, research, and education.

Academic Primary Care Program

For information regarding the Academic Primary Care Program, please visit here.

Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT)

The Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT) is a multidisciplinary group of investigators based at the University of Michigan and the VA Center for Clinical Management Research representing the fields of internal medicine, surgery, radiation, oncology, nursing, behavioral science, health services research, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Our investigators are located at five universities and cancer centers throughout the United States.

CanSORT studies the quality of cancer care across the continuum of care from prevention to survivorship. The team also develops and evaluates interventions to improve cancer care including decision tools for patients and clinicians, and dissemination strategies to more quickly move research results to the provider community.

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is sponsored jointly by the University of Michigan Medical School and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and is co-directed by Dr. Angela Fagerlin and Dr. Scott Kim. It is a multidisciplinary unit that integrates bioethics with key social science disciplines, bringing together in one entity research, education, policy work, and service. CBSSM attracts scholars from across departmental and disciplinary boundaries, and in doing so, provides fertile ground for new synergies. The primary research interests of CBSSM faculty focus on five overarching themes: (1) clinical and research ethics, (2) health communication and decision making, (3) medicine and society, (4) health, justice, and community, and (5) genomics, health, and society.

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR)

The Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) is a dedicated team integrating behavioral science, technology, and art to create and research health interventions that inspire informed health decisions, broaden access to health information, and advance the field of health communications.

Medical Arts Program

The Medical Arts Program’s aim is to enhance the ability of medical students, interns, and residents to provide high-quality, humanistic clinical care through experiences and analysis of the musical, dramatic, literary, and visual arts. The Medical Arts Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and by the Program in Society and Medicine.

Learn more about the Creative Campus Program.

VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR)

The VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) is a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation located in Ann Arbor, MI with over 40 investigators, 150 staff, and annual extramural funding of over $18 million. Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH, a Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine and a primary care physician at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, is the Director of the Center for Clinical Management Research. The CCMR's vision is to improve the quality, effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of Veterans’ health care through research and partnerships that are driven by important challenges in clinical management.

Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID)

The basic premise of Value-Based Insurance Design is to remove barriers to essential, high-value health services. V-BID programs improve health outcomes at any level of healthcare expenditure. The basic V-BID premise is to align patients’ out-of-pocket costs, such as copays and premiums, with the value of health services. This approach to designing benefit plans recognizes that different health services have different levels of value. By reducing barriers to high-value treatments (through lower costs to patients) and discouraging low-value treatments (through higher costs to patients), these plans can achieve improved health outcomes at any level of health care expenditure. Studies show that when barriers are reduced, significant increases in patient compliance with recommended treatments and potential cost savings result.