Welcome and thank you for considering the WSU/DMC Med-Peds Residency Program. Our program has been a part of the Med-Peds movement since the early stages, taking an active role in advocating for its recognition as a formal residency and participating in Med-Peds program leadership at a national level. We are proud of our heritage of cultivating innovative best practices, community immersion, and educational support.

Our residents and faculty constitute a diverse group of physicians providing important representation to the community. We strive to establish partnerships with our patients in order to deliver high-quality care to persons of all ages. Our mission has historically been, and continues to be, to foster an inclusive environment through which cross-cultural understanding is supported, allowing residents, faculty, and staff to embrace and celebrate distinct perspectives and viewpoints. Our goal is to develop strong, compassionate, antiracist physicians who understand the social determinants of health our patients face, including structural racism and health system bias. We seek to empower these physicians in training to not only navigate, but also to change, this system in order to realize health equity and justice in the communities we serve.

As you take a look at our curriculum, you will appreciate a strong focus on primary care, that realizes the mental-bio-social-economic model of healthcare delivery. Additionally, because our residents practice in a hospital system that is nationally recognized, and train among some of the top pediatric and adult specialists in their fields, a fair portion of our graduates choose sub-specialties upon graduation. At the completion of their residency, our graduates will be prepared to begin a career as a leader in their chosen field.

Our training ground is composed of five hospitals centrally located in the heart of mid-town Detroit. Medical experiences are supplemented by level one trauma centers in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Michigan and Detroit Receiving Hospital. The DMC Hospital system serves the City of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan as a beacon light and safety net of health for the citizens of the region. We are surrounded by history both within the walls of our institution and on the streets of the City of Detroit. Examples of such history include the first mechanical heart transplant which was performed at Harper Hospital. Children's Hospital is the site and the origin of the AAP. Wayne State and DMC surgeons were the first to research and educate modern treatment of resuscitation in trauma home and abroad. Lastly, the WSU Medical School has been the home of some of the most famous physicians like Dr. Coombs and the birthplace of antiretroviral therapy.

Our patients come from a variety of walks of life, and many carry the burdens of illness that come with urban living and forced marginalization. DMC Med-Peds residents have accepted the great responsibility for caring for this wonderful community. They pledge service, professionalism, and integrity to deliver the type of care that we would expect

for our own families when they require health care services or guidance. We promise this dedication to each and every person whom we encounter in our clinic, in the hospital, or through community activism.

If you are inspired by pathology, want to fine tune your communication skills, be a part of a health system that leads the country in medical informatics, work within a community where you will be valued, and learn from a committed faculty who not only teach you but laugh and learn with you, then we look forward to hearing from you. We are The Wayne State University Med-Peds Program!

Heather Abraham, MD, FACP, FAAP, Program Director