Eligibility and Program Requirements

Eligible Disciplines and Specialties

You must be in your last 2 years of residency in one of the following disciplines and specialties:


  • Allopathic (MD) 

  • Osteopathic (DO) 


  • Family Medicine

  • Internal Medicine

  • Pediatrics

  • OB-GYN

  • Psychiatry

  • General Surgery


To be eligible to participate in MiLES, you must:

  • Complete residency 

  • Complete and pass national licensing board examination 

  • Obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Michigan 

  • Be a U.S. citizen (U.S. born or naturalized), U.S. national, or Lawful Permanent Resident 

  • Have unpaid government or commercial loans for school tuition, reasonable education expenses and/or reasonable living expenses, segregated from all other debts (not consolidated with non-educational loans) 

  • Agree to forgo any subspecialty fellowship training for at least 2 years post-residency 

  • Sign an agreement to work in a medically underserved area of Michigan for 2 years post-residency; read more about the Service Obligation here.

Those Not Eligible for MiLES:

  • Residents who have defaulted on federal loans

  • Residents with J1 Visa Waivers

  • Residents with H-1B Visas

NOTE: For more detail about these requirements, please review the MiLES Program Guidance (PDF) available on the Resources page.

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