Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education Program

Education Opportunities at Hillsdale HospitalThe Graduate Medical Education Program at Hillsdale Hospital provides the medical student, intern, and resident with diverse pathology and challenging opportunities.  The hospital combines the holistic heritage of osteopathic medicine with advanced technology and rural patient care experiences.

Hillsdale Hospital is a member of the Michigan Osteopathic Post Graduate Training Institution, the Statewide Campus System of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  This is the first consortium of its kind in the nation and served as the model for the AOA’s OPTI system.  This association provides many advantages, including monthly education days in each specialty, basic science and board review courses, and faculty development for trainers and trainees.

All internship and residency programs are approved with the American Osteopathic Association’s Division of Postdoctoral Training.  Residency programs meet the requirements for specialty board certification.  Applicants are selected on the basis of academic achievement and personal qualifications regardless of race, sex, color, religion, or marital status.


"Large enough to be of service...small enough to care"


Hillsdale Hospital is an independent, progressive, rural hospital located in South Central Michigan.  The hospital and staff are committed to meeting your professional needs with extensive hands on experience.

Our newly renovated Emergency Department received over 37,000 visits last year.  The operating rooms are spacious, with the most modern equipment.  The joint recovery floor is state-of-the-art, and keeps orthopedic post operative patients mobile with physical therapy and individualized nursing care.  Hillsdale Hospital is a modern facility, which offers the student, intern, and resident the opportunity to further their osteopathic medical training with practical patient care experiences.

We wish to extend to you an invitation to come and see our MRI, 64-slice CT scanner, and all that Hillsdale Hospital has to offer.

Medical Education Office

Director of Medical Education:
Karen Luparello, D.O.
Phone: (517) 437-6219
Associate Director of Medical Education:
Jeremiah J. Hodshire
Phone: (517) 437-5141
Support Staff:
Pat Sudds
Phone: (517) 437-5192

Medical Student Electives

Hillsdale Hospital offers numerous elective experiences for third and fourth year medical students.

These include:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics / Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Pulmonology

Should you have any questions about any of the elective rotations, please contact the Medical Education Office.


Hillsdale Hospital offers a traditional rotating internship.  The American Osteopathic Association’s Division of Postdoctoral Training has approved the internship.  The program provides exposure to multiple medical disciplines and incorporates osteopathic principles and practices.  A typical schedule for a traditional rotating internship is:


  • At least six months of training rotations in any or all basic core disciplines. These include general internal medicine, general surgery, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and emergency medicine.
  • No less than two month’s exposure in general internal medicine
  • One month exposure in emergency medicine at the base or an affiliate training site
  • At least one month in family practice in a hospital or ambulatory site or one-half day per week for a minimum of 46 weeks of ambulatory exposure in a family practice continuity of care type practice site.
  • No more than three months of elective exposure adequate to meet the individual needs of the interns and approved by the DME / Internship Program Director.
  • All remaining time may be scheduled at the discretion of the base institution.
  • No more than one month may be spent in non-clinical experience (research, scholarly pursuits, administration, etc.)
  • Exposure must occur to the support disciplines of pathology, radiology, and anesthesiology. This may occur directly by rotation or indirectly by formal didactic conferences and/or exposure while on medical and surgical services. This exposure must be verified on intern logs.
  • One internship position is a tracked position for Family Practice.
  • One internship position is a linked position for Ophthalmology.



Currently, Hillsdale Hospital offers residency programs in the following specialties:


  • Ophthalmology – Option 1 (linked position)

Intern / Residency Application Procedure

Traditional Rotating Internship/Ophthalmology Option 1 (linked position)

Application Instructions and Requirements:

All 4th year medical students applying for osteopathic internships for the upcoming training year will be applying to the program(s) of their choice via ERAS. The ERAS post office will begin accepting osteopathic student applications beginning July 1st. Please consult the following AOA website for the steps in the ERAS application process:

A rotation at Hillsdale Hospital is suggested, but not a requirement for internship application.

An interview will be scheduled after the application is received for ERAS.  Applications may be submitted anytime before October 1st of the year prior to the desired contract year.  A completed application consists of the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum of three (3) physician references
  • Reference from the Dean of Medical School
  • Medical School Transcripts (official copy)
  • National Board Scores
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement

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