Key initiatives

Wayne Med-Direct

Wayne Med-Direct (Wayne M.D.) is a unique program that guarantees admission to Wayne State's School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year. Wayne M.D. emphasizes mentoring and research by giving participants the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. degree programs at WSU. Candidates are evaluated through a holistic admission process and must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1340 SAT or 30 ACT score. Preference is given to students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities. Among program benefits are guaranteed admission to the WSU School of Medicine upon satisfaction of the eligibility requirements, as well as successful completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree and MCAT; four years of paid undergraduate tuition; four years of paid School of Medicine tuition; and four years of paid undergraduate room and board costs in university housing.


Innovation and academic excellence are key to training the next generation of doctors, researchers and scientists. Wayne State is proud to be part of ReBUILDetroit, a partnership between three Detroit institutions supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its national BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) program. This nationwide program is committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds receive support during their educational experience and as they pursue biomedical careers. ReBUILDetroit provides participating students, known as President M. Roy Wilson BUILD Scholars, with hands-on research training, guided career development, and access to a network of elite faculty mentors and renowned scientists. Students develop and cultivate the skills needed to excel in college and graduate school. ReBUILDetroit focuses on teaching, research and biomedical innovation that result in superior academic performance, higher graduation rates, decreased time to earn a degree and exciting career opportunities in cutting-edge, innovative biomedical research.

Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship Program

The Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship program (PFT) seeks to create a pipeline of early career, urban disparity scholars who will contribute to diversity and bolster academic excellence in keeping with Wayne State's mission and strategic plan. The program provides fellows with the resources and support needed to make them competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty appointments. In addition to working closely with their mentors, fellows will participate in learning communities and complete a set of program milestones. Fellows who meet other program milestones are eligible for Wayne State tenure-track appointments upon successful completion of their appointment. In turn, faculty mentors will guide fellows in planning and achieving research goals, establishing a visible presence in the department, and facilitating opportunities for fellows to participate in national and international research conferences.

WSU is seeking recent or upcoming Ph.D. recipients as postdoctoral fellows for three-year appointments beginning Sept. 1, 2017 (students who anticipate defending their dissertations by Sept. 1, 2017 may apply). Fellows will receive stipends 20 percent above National Research Service Award levels, plus excellent benefits. They will work with faculty mentors, participate in learning communities and receive funding for two national conferences for every appointment year. Fellows who obtain external grants during their postdocs will be considered for tenuretrack appointments at WSU with competitive compensation and startup packages.

WSU is one of the 50 largest public universities in the nation and has received the Carnegie Foundation's highest classifications for research and community engagement, with annual research expenditures of more than $218 million. WSU is a member of the University Research Corridor along with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, generating 95 percent of research in the state and supporting economic growth throughout Michigan. As one of Detroit's largest employers, WSU is a driving force behind the city's resurgence and economic comeback.

Applications closed.

Congratulations to the incoming 2017 cohort of PFT fellows!

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