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Welcome Letter from Dr. Bates

 Dear Residency Candidate, 

Welcome to the Metro Health – University of Michigan Health Family Medicine Training Program. On behalf of the Department of Family Medicine, I am excited to introduce you to our program. We welcome your interest and enthusiasm for our program when you consider the next important step in your career in medicine. Clearly, your decision on a residency program is critical to your overall career goals and finding the right fit for your training is critical for your future success. 

Our mission statement is to produce high quality, well-trained family medicine physicians while caring for the underserved population in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. The Family Medicine Residency program is made up of hard-working, dedicated, goal-driven individuals who wish to provide primary care to patients in their communities. The program provides a comprehensive three-year curriculum to enable residents to learn the skills they need for a successful practice. The program seeks to train individuals who have expertise in population health and who participate in serving the medically underserved population. It is the aim of the program to produce excellent, independent practitioners who will be professional leaders in their hospitals and communities. 

We love the heritage of our hospital as well as the excitement of Grand Rapids. Our growth continues to be exciting – house staff absolutely benefit professionally and personally from the diversity of experiences in West Michigan. Outdoor or indoor activities are plentiful and encouraged during your down time throughout your training program. 

I personally thank you for your interest in our Family Medicine program at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, and look forward to meeting you in the future! 

Joel Bates, DO
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Metro Health – University of Michigan Health