The Integrated Medical School & Family Medicine Residency Program (TIP)

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. It offers an opportunity for students who want to become Family Physicians and complete their residency training in a certain community to obtain an additional training experience aimed at becoming a leader in Family Medicine.

How does the program work?

MSU CHM Medical students who know they would like to train in one of the MSU affiliated Family Medicine residencies participating in TIP apply in the middle of their third year of medical school.

Each student selected 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.

At least one family medicine sub-internship 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.

The student should negotiate their chosen Focus Area with the Program Director. The MSU Department of Family Medicine is available to assist.


Senior Medical Student Project

The student should plan to 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). Details should be negotiated with the Program Director during the sub internship.


Participating residency programs:

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

Grand Rapids Family Medicine Residency Program, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, Marquette, Michigan

MSU/MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot Family Medicine Residency Program, Alma, MI

Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Southfield, Michigan

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


TIP FAQs for Medical Students

  • Does this program shorten the residency experience? No
  • Can I apply to a program in a community other than the community I have been in for my third year? Yes.
  • Can I apply to participate in TIP at multiple communities? Yes, up to three. Once accepted, you will have to choose one.
  • Will all of these 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.
  • 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, organize your continuity clinic with the residency, possibly spend some time studying for your Step II exams, and you will begin working on structuring your focused area of excellence and completing a project.
  • Can I apply to this program even though I may not have done my third year required Family Medicine clerkship? Yes.
  • 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 we feel you will be for the goals of this program and our sense of your commitment to the community and the discipline of Family Medicine.
  • Do I still have to go through the residency match process? Yes

Application Requirements:

Steven Roskos, MD

B-104 Clinical Center

Michigan State University

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


Past Participants in TIP:

Five students were selected 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 were selected 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 were selected 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.

For more information contact:

Clinical Center B104
Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
ph. 517.884.0437;
fax 517.355.7700