Women's Health Advanced Training Program

The goal of the Women's Health Advanced Training Program is to provide excellent, broad-based training in women-focused clinical medicine as well as foster academic leaders in women’s health.

Program Overview

Women's Health Advanced Training Program

The Michigan Medicine Department of OBGYN Women's Health Advanced Training Program is a one-year clinically-focused program that provides trainees with a multidisciplinary experience to expand their expertise and focus in the field of Women’s Health. The program is open to physicians who have completed a residency in Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics.

Our program is a collaboration between Obstetrics & Gynecology and Family Medicine with input and faculty contribution from both departments. Many previous trainees have capitalized on this collaboration to explore the unique clinics in Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as work with previous Women’s Health fellows in the Department of Family Medicine and Family Medicine faculty already providing more women’s health focused care.  

We emphasize individualized goal setting for each trainee in a focused clinical area within the field of Women’s Health. Trainees will combine independent practice in their discipline with 70 percent protected time to explore and expand their women’s health-focused clinical interest. Trainees will also participate in monthly didactic sessions with faculty using seminal and recent publications with a focus on clinical decision-making.

Our trainees come to the University of Michigan with a variety of women’s health experience, expectations, and goals. We are committed to training anyone interested in providing women’s healthcare. We want to increase the group of providers focused on women’s healthcare, consciously recognizing and supporting training physicians who are representative of the populations in which they serve. Our graduates go on to join academic health systems, private practices, and community clinics and serve as experts in the field of Women’s Health.

The goal of the Women's Health Advanced Training Program is to provide excellent, broad-based training in women-focused clinical medicine as well as foster academic leaders in women’s health.

Core Program Components

Clinical Training

Each week trainees will spend three to five half-days caring for patients in the office. The remaining five to seven half-days will be filled with trainees activities including, but not limited to, Specialized Training (in Women’s Mental Health, Adolescent Gynecology, Urogynecology, Breast Disease, Endocrinology, Adolescent Health, Pulmonary Diseases, Women’s Heart Disease, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Continuing Medical Education Activities), and Research (approximately one half-day per week, depending on needs). Trainees are responsible for the women’s health focused days, usually one time per month on a Saturday, at the student-run free clinic in Pinckney, Michigan. Trainees provide training and assistance for pre-clinical and clinical students. Other faculty members can provide coverage for this service. Please know that if obstetrics is not a part of the trainee’s program then there are no call responsibilities. Saturdays and non-traditional hours are dictated by the trainee’s appointment in Family Medicine and the student-run free clinic.

Research Experience

It is the goal that the trainee will submit at least one paper for publication or one abstract submission to a national meeting. Often trainees arrive with research works in progress, which can be continued at Michigan Medicine. In addition, trainees will have opportunities to submit their research to national meetings.

Educational Opportunities

Educational opportunities primarily involve teaching medical students in the outpatient and inpatient settings, as applicable. Lectures to residents vary by fellow given their area of clinical study. All fellows will present at Family Medicine Grand Rounds and Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds during the course of their training. Finally, each trainee will present a breakout session at the Primary Care of Women’s Conference in December which is co-presented by Obstetrics & Gynecology and Family Planning. 

Michigan Medicine Didactic Curriculum

The Department is home to 10 Board-certified and non-Board certified clinical and research fellowships in obstetrics and gynecology. To promote cross-specialty collaboration, all trainees take part in our Michigan Medicine Didactic Curriculum. These are ½ day educational seminars on numerous topics relevant to clinical research and academic leadership.  Topics include research design and implementation, identifying funding opportunities, manuscript timelines and preparation, how to be an effective teacher, and employment contracts. In addition, the department sponsors social events for fellows and advanced trainees across all specialties to further encourage collaboration and to help fellows build both a professional and personal network.

Why Train at Michigan Medicine?

We look forward to welcoming you to our medical campus as soon as that is possible!

In the meantime, we invite you to check out our virtual visit to learn more about life as a learner at Michigan Medicine. 

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Application Information

  • Completion of an ACGME accredited residency program 
  • Completion of all three USMLE exams
Due to Department of Labor prevailing wage regulations, we are unable to consider applicants that possess any type of visa. 

The application deadline for a July 2022 start date is August 25. 

Interview invitations will be sent on September 1 and virtual interviews will be held on Wednesday, September 29.

Salary

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract. More information about trainee salary, benefits, and employment eligibility are available on the University of Michigan House Officers Association website.

Program Leadership

Dee E. Fenner, M.D.

Department Chair

Carrie Bell, M.D.

Program Director
Anita Hernandez

Anita Hernandez, M.D.

Associate Fellowship Director, Family Medicine
Barbara Apgar

Barbara Apgar, M.D.

Associate Fellowship Director, Family Medicine

Maeve Sullivan

Program Manager
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5276
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