Welcome to the McLaren Bay Region Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Program | McLaren Bay Region Medical Center

We are the McLaren Bay Region Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. We are an unopposed, single residency program at McLaren Bay Region Medical Center. We offer a three year Family Medicine residency program that leads to Board Certification in Family Medicine and OMT. We have a 100% Board Certification pass rate since the inception of the residency program. We offer a four resident per year program. We accept applications through ERAS. We are a 4-4-4 residency. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the GME Department.

Michelle Scharnott, DO Program Director

Welcome to the McLaren Bay Region Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency Program! Applying for residency is an exciting experience and can be overwhelming.

Our program strives to maintain continuity of care of a diverse population between the inpatient setting and outpatient clinics. We are exposed to a variety of rotations in different specialties to broaden our scope of practice, which also allows us to gain first-hand experience of the type of care our patients receive after a referral is made.

These rotations include the ACGME mandatory rotations, but also allows you to tailor your residency experience toward your future clinical practice goals. Our residents are exposed to all aspects of Family Medicine, with the goal being to provide them with the knowledge and skills to practice and deliver excellent health care. This residency also recognizes that personal maturity and self-awareness are extremely important. Upon graduation, our residents become physicians competent in comprehensive care of the full spectrum of ages and conditions that family physicians should excel at caring for, and have developed the skills required to be professionally and personally successful.

Program Mission

The mission of the Family Medicine Residency at McLaren Bay Region Medical Center is to create and nurture learning environments where physicians are inspired to develop expertise in Family Medicine and to dedicate themselves to the care of individuals, families and communities, especially those who are under-served.

Program Philosophy

The Family Medicine Residency Program at McLaren Bay Region Medical Center facilitates training competent and astute clinicians in order to provide them with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience needed to provide their patients with the highest standard of care, both in an office-based and hospital-based practice in the community. Core faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program at McLaren Bay believe in personal, comprehensive and continuing health care of all patients and teach the same value to our learners.

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Our program is affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Statewide Campus System.

The Statewide Campus System is an OPTI (Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution) that enhances the quality of postdoctoral education through collective efforts by 42 hospital and academic members. The SCS of MSUCOM provides educational programs and opportunities for osteopathic, as well as allopathic residents and fellows, in Michigan.

The residency program is a member of Statewide Campus Systems through MSU. About once a month, our residents travel as a group to Lansing for a 1-2 day specialized course. Courses include:

  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support
  • Business and Legal Considerations
  • Dermatology
  • Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Women’s Health


Our program is dual accredited, accepting both DO and MD candidates and allowing them to learn from each other.

  • Accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for Family Practice Residency Training.
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for Family Practice Residency Training.

McLaren Bay Family Medicine Residency Program

1900 Columbus Ave, Bay City, MI 48708

Academic Program Administrator

P: 989-894-3950 F: 989-894-6126