Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

TIP Application Form


The Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency (TIP) Program is for medical students at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (CHM) who:

  • Currently are in their third year of medical school and are interested in a career in family medicine.
  • Are looking for additional training and experience in leadership, scholarship or community outreach/public health.
  • Have a strong interest in completing residency training at in one of the participating CHM Family Medicine Residency programs.
  • Are looking for an experience that will ease the transition into residency and will allow them to participate in residency experiences as fourth year students.
  • Would benefit from a $20,000 scholarship.

The CHM Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency Program (TIP) is a transitional fourth year medical school experience that continues into residency. TIP is not an early decision residency program and does not guarantee the student a residency position. Rather, TIP helps support the student’s interest in family medicine and integration into a family medicine residency program. Successful participation in TIP should make the student an excellent candidate for residency training in family medicine. If the student progresses well in TIP, he or she can anticipate that the residency program will rank the student highly and training at that program will be an option.

How does the program work?

MSU CHM Medical students apply in the middle of their third year of medical school.

Each student is awarded a $20,000 scholarship with $5,000 applied to their student loans in the Fall Semester of their fourth year of medical school and $5,000 applied to their student loans in the Spring Semester of their fourth year of medical school. Following a residency match at the TIP residency program and successful graduation from CHM, the student receives a $10,000 award. This final award may be used as the student desires.

The Curriculum includes the following:

  • At least one family medicine sub-internship (FM620) within the TIP residency program.
  • Longitudinal ½ day per week continuity clinic at residency site when fourth year schedule allows
  • Attend residency program didactics when fourth year schedule allows

Focused Areas of Excellence

A TIP student must choose one of three areas for additional study during the four years of this program. These areas include:

Leadership—designed for students interested in advocacy, politics or health policy working with leaders in Family Medicine at the local or state, national or international level.

Scholarship—designed for students interested in academics, residency leadership, curriculum development, or research.

Community Outreach/Public Health—designed for students interested in public health, service, or advocacy, interfacing with local departments of public health.


Senior Medical Student Project

The student will complete an initial project related to the chosen Focus Area before the end of medical school. This can be an oral or written presentation or poster and can be delivered to the Program Director or a larger group (residents, clinic staff, or research conference).


Participating residency programs:

Family Medicine Residency Program, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Midland, Michigan

Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, Marquette, Michigan

MSU/MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot Family Medicine Residency Program, Alma, Michigan

Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Southfield, Michigan

Sparrow/Michigan State University Family Medicine Residency Program, Lansing, Michigan

TIP FAQs for Medical Students

  1. Does this program shorten the residency experience? No
  2. Can I apply to a program in a community other than the community I have been in for my third year? Yes.
  3. Can I apply to participate in TIP at multiple communities? Yes, up to three. Once accepted, you will have to choose one.
  4. Will all of the positions be filled? Only if there is an excellent fit for both student and program. It is possible that no positions will be filled and it is possible that all of them will be.
  5. My fourth year schedule is already pretty organized. Will that have to change if I get into this program? Most likely. You will need to work closely with the residency program director and the community assistant dean’s office to organize your fourth year. You will have to meet all your medical school requirements, complete at least one sub-internship within your community before October, organize your continuity clinic with the residency, spend some time studying for your Step II exams, and will begin working on structuring your focused area of excellence and completing a project.
  6. Can I apply to this program even though I may not have done my third year required Family Medicine clerkship? Yes.
  7. How will my application be reviewed? Your application will be reviewed by the Residency Program Directors of the participating residencies according to the same criteria they would use to evaluate a student applying for residency there. Your application will be reviewed with respect to how good a fit you will be for the goals of this program and your commitment to the community and the discipline of Family Medicine.
  8. Do I still have to go through the residency match process? Yes

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of TIP Application
  • Original Medical school application (We will obtain this from student affairs)
  • MSU CHM transcript (We will obtain this from student affairs)
  • Personal statement explaining why the student wants to pursue TIP (two pages, double spaced, sent to Harland Holman)
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least one from the Family Medicine Clerkship, if student has completed it. These should be addressed to Dr. Holman and copied to Karla Cody.

Harland Holman, MD

Spectrum Health FM Residency Clinic

25 Michigan St NE Ste 5100

Grand Rapids, MI   49503

Karla Cody

  • Department of Family Medicine
  • 788 Service Rd
  • B104 Clinical Center
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


March 1: Application Deadline (including all letters received)

March 20: Invitations to Interview

April 20: Interviews Completed

May 5: Students Informed of Acceptance

May 20: Students notify program director of decision

July 1: Program Begins




For more information, contact:

Harland Holman, MD

Spectrum Health FM Residency Clinic

25 Michigan St NE Ste 5100

Grand Rapids, MI   49503


Past Participants in TIP:

The 2022-2023 TIP program awardees were: David Storck will be entering the  Providence – SE program, Kyle Silva will be entering the MSU/Sparrow program, Shelby Peters will be entering the Marquette – UP program, and Yer Yang will be entering the MSU/Sparrow program.


The 2020-2021 TIP program awardees were: Paul Edlebeck will be entering the Mid Michigan Midland, Cassandra LaMarche will be entering the Providence – SE program, Khyllian Lowry will be entering the Mid Michigan Gratiot program, Elisabeth Milligan will be entering the Mid Michigan Midland program, Erin McKenzie will be entering the Marquette – UP program, Sarah Naracon will be entering the Marquette – UP program, Deja Rice will be entering the MSU/Sparrow program, and Trevor Sexton will be entering the Mid Michigan Midland program.


The 2019-2020 TIP program awardees were: Stephany Zahl will be entering the Mercy Health Grand Rapids program, Elizabeth Tuma will be entering the UP Health Systems Marquette program, Abigail Gizinski will be entering the MSU/MidMichigan Medical Center Midland program, Chelsea Pote will be entering the Sparrow/MSU Lansing program, Katie Hartman will be entering the Ascension Providence Family Medicine Residency.


The 2018-2019 TIP program awardees were: Julia Buck, Miguel Joaquin, and John Jansen will be entering the Mercy Health Grand Rapids program, Dustin Collins and Valerie Taglione will be entering the UP Health Systems Marquette program, Vanessa LaRouche will be entering the MSU/MidMichigan Medical Center Gratiot program, Lauren Buhr will be entering the Sparrow/MSU Lansing program.


Two student were in the 2017-2018 TIP Program: Trent Mazer and Ellen Moore both entered the Grand Rapids program.


Five students for the 2016-2017 TIP program: Tarajo Reinhart and Jeffery Sweers are entering the Grand Rapids program; Sarah Robbins is entering the Sparrow/MSU program; and Dan Drake and Nicole Zimmer are entering the Midland program.


Eight students for the 2015-2016 TIP program: Jana Baatenburg, Lara Baatenburg and Emily Schipper are entering the Grand Rapids program; Adam Butcher, James Sawyer, Williams Barker, and Riley Torreano are entering the Marquette program; and Veronica Arbuckle-Bernstein is entering the Sparrow/MSU Program.


Two medical students for the 2014-2015 TIP program; Jan Liu entering the Sparrow/MSU program in Lansing, and Stephanie Rutterbush entering the Marquette program.


The 2013-2014 TIP students were Jamie Kantola entering the Sparrow/MSU program in Lansing; Mitch Sydloski and Jarrad Utter entering the Grand Rapids program, and  Ivy Vachon and  Samantha Cummings entering the Marquette program.


The 2012-2013 TIP students were Tiffany Burns, entering the Sparrow/MSU program in Lansing; and Tyler Barreto and David Charles Henderson, entering the Grand Rapids program.


The 2011-2012 TIP students were Farhan Bhatti and Abigail Urish, entering the Sparrow program; Sarah Rodriguez, entering the Grand Rapids program; and Christine Medaugh, entering the program in Midland.


The first cohort of TIP students (2010-2011) included Tom Massie, Michelle Riccio, and Tim Labonte, all of the Upper Peninsula campus; Lindy Babcock, Grand Rapids; and Hershey Jayasuriya, Lansing.



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