Visiting Residents/Fellows

Special Purpose Trainees (SPTs)

Residents and fellows training at another institution within the United States accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), or Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) may rotate with a Michigan Medicine (U-M) residency or fellowship training program. At U-M, visiting residents/fellows are known as Special Purpose Trainees (SPT). In addition to the institutional requirements, each training program has their own SPT requirements; inquire directly with the training program (link below) to determine if they accept SPTs, their process and availability.

U-M Graduate Medical Education Programs

If accepted, the SPT credentialing application will be initiated electronically via MedHub, U-M’s web-based residency management program, and managed by the U-M training program.

Essential SPT Quick Facts:

  • The educational experience must not be available at the SPT’s home institution.
  • SPTs must:
    • Be currently enrolled in an accredited ACGME, CODA, ABOG, or CPME training program at an outside institution within the United States.
    • Be in good standing within their training program.
    • Be a PGY2 level or higher.
    • Meet U-M selection and credentialing requirements, which include but are not limited to:
  • Successful completion of a background check and drug screening.
  • Obtain a Michigan Medical License and associated Controlled Substance License.
  • Have a valid American Heart Association (AHA) certified ACLS and/or PALS card.
  • There is a $400 institutional SPT application fee. Some U-M training programs may require additional fees.
    • All fees are the responsibility of the SPT.
  • U-M training programs must obtain approval from the GME Office at a minimum of 6-months prior to the start of the rotation via the “Request for SPT” form; in addition to providing the completed SPT credentialing application at a minimum of 3-months prior to the start of the rotation.
  • No SPT rotations are available in July.

Residents and fellows training at another institution in a ACGME, CODA, ABOG, or CPME accredited program are not eligible to visit U-M as observers (UMHS Policy 04-06-061).