Co-Chief Residents

Dear Prospective University of Michigan Family Medicine Residents,  

We are so excited and honored by your interest in our Family Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan. Our Department of Family Medicine is full of superb residents, faculty, and staff who are incredibly passionate and excited about family medicine. Because of this, our residents are privileged to receive exceptional training that is broad, comprehensive, and prepares our residents to practice in any environment. Our residents train at one of the top health care systems in the country, and they leave their training as confident, first-rate physicians and become the “leaders and the best” in the field.  

Uniquely within our residency program, residents receive inpatient training at both a large academic tertiary care center and a smaller community-based setting. This includes Michigan Medicine and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital respectively. This allows residents to receive superb training in an academic medical setting with high levels of medical complexity and subspecialist support, in addition to working in a smaller community setting where our residents are “unopposed” and learn the unique opportunities and challenges that exist in a community setting.    

At the University of Michigan, we practice full-spectrum family medicine. Our outpatient training includes two continuity clinic sites in Ypsilanti and Chelsea. Our program and department are committed to the health of our communities, as modeled by our Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) efforts at our six clinic sites. Our obstetric experience allows us to care for expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy and delivery, as well as attend to their newborns and the remainder of their families on our own Family-Mother-Baby service (FMB). Residents gain procedural training in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Being at the University of Michigan, we have ample opportunities to engage in the many niche areas within family medicine, including gender affirming care, geriatrics, palliative and hospice care, women’s health and vulvodynia management, sports medicine, academics and research, integrative medicine, and substance use treatment. For interested residents, our residency program has numerous residency pathways to help residents focus their training experience in the areas of academics, point of care ultrasound (POCUS), integrative medicine, obstetrics, geriatrics and palliative care, obesity medicine. A single resident each year is also recruited to join the Spanish Language and Community Medicine pathway. For graduating residents interested in fellowship training, there is a broad array of fellowship programs at the University of Michigan, and our residents have incredible success with matching into their desired fellowship programs.  

Our residency program uniquely participates in the Clinic First initiative, meaning that our residents rotate in two-week blocks that are either outpatient or inpatient focused, allowing consolidation of their learning experiences, improved continuity in care, and an emphasis on exemplary outpatient teaching and preparation while still maintaining phenomenal inpatient experiences.    

Of course, the greatest joy of residency is not the opportunities or challenges themselves, but the chance to take them on with a wonderful group of supportive colleagues and friends. Our residents share unbreakable bonds and consider each other dear friends. We live and practice in the community of Ann Arbor, which is an incredible Midwestern college town with the food, culture, and entertainment of a much larger city.   

We cannot express how excited we are for you on this next chapter of your journey, and we are honored to have your consideration for your residency training. Above all else, what makes us special is our phenomenal residents, and we are excited to consider you as part of our residency family.  

Max Butler, M.D. 
Jaylyn Kelly, M.D. 
Saaranga Sasitharan, D.O., M.H.A.



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Max S. Butler, M.D.

Class of 2025
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health