Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Network: Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine Residency Program

Julie Phillips, MD, MPH is an associate professor of Family Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she cares for patients and teaches medical students and residents. She is a core faculty member and the Director of Research for the Sparrow-MSU Family Medicine Residency Program. She also serves the in MSU-CHM Office of Student Affairs and Services as the Assistant Dean for Student Career and Professional Development. She studies medical education and ways it shapes the physician workforce, and is a national leader in research about the consequences of medical student debt.


  • Phillips J, Wendling A, Fahey C, Mavis B. The Impact of a Community-Based Medical School on the Local, Regional, and State Physician Workforce. Academic Medicine. In press.
  • Naug R, Phillips J. Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: The Importance of Early Diagnosis. Journal of Family Practice. In press.
  • Phillips J, Peterson L, Fang B, Kovar-Gough I, Phillips R. How Many Graduating Family Medicine Residents Have Chosen Financial Support for Service Commitments? Family Medicine. In press.
  • Weirauch K, Phillips J. Promoting Healthy Behaviors in the Primary Care Setting. Peer Reviewed Reports in Medical Education (PRiMER) 2017; 1:2
  • Phillips J, Hustedde C, Bjorkman S, Prasad R, Sola O, Wendling A, Bjorkman K, Paladine H. Rural Women Family Physicians: Strategies for Successful Work-Life Balance. Annals of Family Medicine May/June 2016; 14(3). Nominated for Best Paper Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
  • Phillips J, Wilbanks D, Salinas D, Doberneck D. Educational Debt in the Context of Career Planning: A Qualitative Exploration of Medical Student Perceptions. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2016 Jul-Sep;28(3):243-51.
  • Phillips J. The Impact of Debt on Young Family Physicians: Unanswered Questions with Critical Implications. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 2016; 29(2):177-179.
  • Wudyka A, Wendling A, Phillips J, Mulhelm E, Levine D, Neale V, Morley C. RU4PC? Texting to Quantify Feedback About Primary Care and its Relationship With Student Career Interest. Family Medicine 2016;48(1):21-9.
  • Phillips J, Charnley I. Third and Fourth Year Medical Students’ Changing Views of Family Medicine. Family Medicine 2016;48(1):54-60.
  • Wendling A, Phillips J, Fahey C, Short W, Mavis B. Thirty Years Training Rural Physicians: Outcomes from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Rural Physician Program. Academic Medicine 2016; 91(1):113-9. Nominated for Best Paper Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.


  • Teaching Award, Sparrow-MSU Family Medicine Residency Program, June 2016.

Research Honors

  • Distinguished Paper, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Conference. (Phillips J, Peterson L, Kovar-Gough I, Phillips R. Family Medicine Residents with High Debt are Half As Likely to Choose Academics, Geriatrics, or Public Service Careers.) 2017
  • Poster Walk selection, North American Primary Care Research Group. (Phillips J, Prunuske J, Mavis B. Development and Validation of a Family Medicine Attitudes Questionnaire. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado.) 2016
  • Honorable Mention, Michigan Family Medicine Research Day. (Weirauch K, Phillips J. Breaking Bad (Habits): Pediatric Obesity Prevention in Primary Care.) 2016
  • Best Poster, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Annual Conference. (Rudert L, Lemmen B, Phillips J. Learning to run: a pilot study on Good Form Running.)
Associate Professor; CHM Assistant Dean, Student Career & Professional Development
Family Medicine
P: 517-884-0427
788 Service Rd.
B118 Clinical Center
East Lansing, MI 48824