Hillsdale Community Hospital Ophthalmology Residency

Hillsdale Community Hospital Ophthalmology Residency

Director of Medical Education: Karen Luparello, D.O.

Phone: (517) 437-6219

Director of Program: David Gossage, D.O.



The Graduate Medical Education Program at Hillsdale Community Health Center 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. 

HCHC 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.


Hillsdale Community Health Center 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 Community Health Center offers a residency program in 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 will be applying to the program via ERAS. A rotation at Hillsdale Community Health Center is suggested, but not a requirement for internship application.

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