Our Philanthropic Priorities

The accomplishments of the Department of Internal Medicine would not be possible without the dedication of outstanding faculty, the drive of stellar medical students, and the remarkable support of alumni and friends. Donor support has allowed ambitious research projects to become realized. As technology improves and our understanding of medicine grows, many opportunities continue to exist for making the "Michigan Difference" within the Department of Internal Medicine’s programs and initiatives.

Please contact a member of our development team if you have questions or would like to learn more about these or other philanthropic opportunities. To make a gift online, please visit the Department of Internal Medicine Giving page.


Professorships are key in building a world-class department. They can be made in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, former teacher or mentor, or a physician that has touched your life. They allow us to recruit top talent from across the country which, in turn, raises the caliber of Michigan’s research, patient care, and education - better outcomes for patients, effectively train the next generation, and make research breakthroughs that changes the face of medicine.

See a list of all of our Professorships in our department here.  

Endowed Research

Endowed research funds provide annual distributions of up to five percent of the corpus of the funds in perpetuity, offer predictable and long-term support for dedicated researchers at all stages of their careers, and figure importantly in the recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty. Research activity by the members of the Department of Internal Medicine continues to represent the major fraction of funded activity for the Medical School and for much of the University of Michigan at large.

Patient Care

When it comes to being the leaders and best, we are relentless. The Department of Internal Medicine is constantly expanding, utilizing new technology, and improving our patient care services. Part of our mission is to give patients the most thorough, informed care available. Serving patients is an honor and our faculty and staff aim to treat patients with the most up-to-date care while easing the emotional stress that accompanies physical ailments. By supporting patient funds, you allow others to receive the care they deserve. 


Great students inspire faculty and challenge fellow students. They animate our classrooms, libraries, and laboratories. Students are an essential part in Michigan Medicine’s three-part mission: patient care, medical education, and research. Support for residents provides unique training opportunities in internal medicine, including off-site rotations and research projects. Financial support defrays costs for travel to national conferences and allows residents and fellows to purchase learning tools such as textbooks and laptops.