Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical call schedule?

The call schedule varies by resident level. Interns (PGY-1) average every third weekend. Second year residents (PGY-2) average every fourth to fifth weekend. Third year residents (PGY-3) average every sixth weekend.

Describe your night float system.

Residents must cover inpatient care and outpatient calls from 7 pm to 7 am. Night float is a one month rotation. PGY-1s have two nonconsecutive months of night float. PGY-2s and PGY-3s have one night float rotation in their second and third year.

Please describe the didactics available to residents.

Didactics are mandatory and structured at Munson Family Practice Residency. Weekly didactics occur on Wednesday afternoons and include both attending and resident presentations.

Additionally, residents meet for one hour lectures every Friday morning and review varied topics including orthopedics, perinatology, and casting and ultrasound workshops. Attendance at Friday Noon Conference, offering lectures provided by local and visiting physicians, is strongly advised, but not mandatory.

Morbidity and mortality in different specialties of emergency medicine, critical care medicine, and pediatrics occur monthly.

Finally, our residency program participates in Statewide Campus System (SCS) didactics that occur monthly in East Lansing, Mich.

What types of activities are residents involved in around the community outside of residency?

Our residents enjoy varied activities outside of residency. Some specific activities we are currently involved in include mountain biking or trail running on the VASA trail, playing Community League Hockey and figure skating at local ice rinks, camping at various area campgrounds, and even ski patrol. And we all love climbing Sleeping Bear Dunes.

What types of electives are popular in your program?

We have unique opportunities to spend time running the ER/clinic on Mackinac Island as a third year resident, as well as travel to Chogoria, Kenya through the International Track. Residents have greatly enjoyed these opportunities and scheduling for these fills up quickly.

Can you moonlight?

Yes. If you want, there are opportunities for residents to moonlight in rural emergency departments and local urgent care centers as well. We also have a hospital observation unit where third year residents have moonlighted in the past.

Do you need to travel for any core rotations?

The only core rotation that requires driving outside Traverse City is a pediatric rotation in Cadillac during your intern year. (We try to avoid scheduling this rotation during the winter season.) It is a great rotation that adds a strong pediatric rural medicine aspect to our program, which is consistent with our core value of training excellent rural family medicine physicians.