How McLaren Flint's Graduate Medical Education Programs Excel and Elevate Patient Care

Author: McLaren Flint Hospital

McLaren Flint has a long and distinguished history of advancing medicine in Genesee County and beyond. The hospital is the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center, has a long-standing reputation as the area’s heart hospital, is home to the area’s only proton therapy center, and expanded access on the eve of the pandemic by opening a free-standing emergency department and imaging center in Fenton, and remains the hospital of choice for advanced oncologic and major surgery.

While all these achievements speak to McLaren’s commitment to innovation and advanced care, the commitment to training the next generation of clinicians and research through the hospital’s graduate medical education program is one of the most important.

“Being a teaching institution keeps McLaren Flint on the cutting edge of medical innovation,” said Chris Candela, president and CEO of McLaren Flint. “Our graduate medical education programs — along with our integration with Karmanos Cancer Institute — help provide our patients access to the latest research, clinical trials, treatments, and techniques in medicine.”

McLaren Flint recently added a pulmonary and critical care fellowship to the hospital’s graduate medical education program to further elevate care for the hospital’s most critical patients and train the next generation of physicians in this crucial specialty.

Over the past several years, the hospital has grown its graduate medical education program by adding a residency in anesthesia and fellowships in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, pulmonary and critical care, minimally invasive and advanced bariatric surgery, and surgical breast oncology. Today, McLaren Flint is now home to 13 GME programs that will host more than 150 residents and fellows when enrollment is complete.

Candela noted the commitment from the hospital’s medical staff is critical to sustaining and growing training programs for the betterment of the community’s care.

“McLaren is proud to be a leader in the training of residents, fellows, and medical students, and such a comprehensive complement of graduate medical education programs cannot be obtained without the commitment from our medical staff,” said Candela. “On behalf of our entire community: Thank you for your support!”

In addition to a highly engaged medical staff, McLaren’s graduate medical education program is supported by generous contributions to the McLaren Flint Foundation from the hospital’s physician partners, past patients, nonprofit organizations, and others passionate about advancing medicine in Genesee County and beyond.

“I would also like to recognize our entire graduate medical education department for their unwavering commitment to advancing medicine at McLaren Flint and thank all those on our medical staff and community who make these programs possible with their time, energy, and support,” Candela said.

Anyone interested in learning more about GME programs at McLaren Flint can email