This residency program is uniquely positioned to provide the full range of primary care training in a variety of practice settings, emphasizing urban and rural communities that are medically underserved. Ambulatory care and comprehensive family medical services are stressed, and significant time will be spent at Authority Health’s Popoff Family Health Center, Detroit-area Federally Qualified Health Centers, community clinics and private practice offices interacting with patients, their families and medical staff.
The inpatient components of training take place at affiliated hospitals in the Detroit area, and each resident is afforded the opportunity to further extend his/her skills and knowledge to all areas of primary care through elective rotations. The primary goal of this program is to prepare board-certified family physicians who practice the full scope of patient-centered, evidence-based primary health care, to help meet the growing demand for primary care providers in Michigan.
Didactic and Journal Club sessions are held monthly. The program is also involved with our academic partner, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Statewide Campus System, for 36 academic days that are completed one day per month where various topics/lectures are presented which cover a wide spectrum of health care.
Categorial Family Medicine – NRMP # 1920120C0
Family Medicine Residency Staff
Hussein Saghir, DO, MPH
Hussein Saghir, DO, MPH, is board certified in family medicine, sports medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment. He was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He obtained his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training in family medicine at Michigan State University/Ascension Genesys. Dr. Saghir went on to complete his sports medicine fellowship at Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center where he provided care to Detroit’s professional sports teams. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Saghir returned to Flint where he served as Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine/McLaren-Flint Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Saghir’s extensive experience in serving vulnerable populations in Flint, particularly during and after the Flint water crisis, compelled him to champion social, economic and health equity and further solidified his commitment to a career in public advocacy and health policy. He was most recently named a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University where he obtained his MPH in health management with a concentration in public health leadership. As program director at Authority Health, Dr. Saghir plans to continue his work in graduate medical education while recruiting and training the best and brightest minds. He hopes to use his medical and public health training to continue championing health equity in Detroit while inspiring doctors in training to provide continuity of care and the integration of health services to communities in need.
Hassan Saghir, MD
Associate Program Director
Hassan Saghir, MD is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine. He was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He obtained his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in family medicine at Wayne State University as well. Dr. Saghir went on to practice family medicine in and around Detroit for the past 13 years. During his practice, he encountered a significant need for addiction medicine and became MAT waiver certified. His passion drove him to seek board certification in addiction medicine and a significant portion of his practice is now dedicated to treating substance use disorder. Dr. Saghir has always had a passion for teaching and has taught medical students from Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State University. He has a passion for caring for underserved communities and seeks to bring his wealth of experience in treating substance use disorder and passion for teaching to Authority Health.
Cathy Smart, BSHCA
Program Coordinator/Lead Coordinator
Cathy Smart is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she received a BS in health care administration. After graduating and successfully completing her internship, Cathy launched her career at Authority Health and has served in the role of family medicine residency coordinator for the past five years. She is passionate and committed to her career in Graduate Medical Education. Her abilities are a product of diverse training courses in past years. She has learned that execution, energy and commitment to others are key. The skill set acquired in her current position has granted her the ability to adapt quickly in any environment and has enabled her to build a stable foundation for Authority Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Outside of work, Cathy enjoys spending time making memories with family and friends.
Mohamed Almaisari, DO
Mohamed Almaisari, DO is one of the chief residents for the Authority Health Family Medicine Residency program. He was born and raised in Hamtramck, Michigan. He obtained his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. His ultimate goal is to establish a primary care practice in his hometown of Hamtramck where there is an urgent need for healthcare providers.
Outside of residency, he enjoys working on project cars, traveling and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Ariela Alonso, DO
Ariela Alonso, DO is one of the chief residents for the Authority Health Family Medicine residency program. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Nova Southeastern University where she received her medical degree. She is very passionate about women’s health and working in underserved communities. She plans to apply for a Women’s Health Fellowship with the goal of opening her own family and women’s health clinic in the community to serve the underserved population.
Outside of residency, she enjoys trying new restaurants, dancing and exploring Michigan.
Austin Ikechi, MD
Austin Ikechi, MD is one of the Chief residents from Authority Health Family Medicine program. A migrant from Nigeria who now calls the DMV home. He has a BS in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Austin’s true passion lies in serving underserved communities and delving into research that addresses the social determinants of health as well as teaching.
Outside of medicine, Austin enjoys snowboarding, watching English premier league, swimming, travelling, and savoring the diverse culinary that Detroit has to offer.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Emergency Medicine||Emergency Medicine||Orthopedics|
|Intensive Care Unit||IM/FM||IM/FM|
|IM/FM||IM/FM||Ambulatory Pediatrics Adolescent|
|IM/FM||Gastroenterology||Ambulatory Pediatrics Adolescent|
|Inpatient OB/GYN||Inpatient OB/GYN||Women’s Health/Gynecology|
|Pediatric ER||Geriatric Medicine||Dermatology|
|Sports Medicine||Community Medicine||Elective|
|Psych./ Behav. Med.||Elective||Elective|
|General Surgery||Elective||Family Practice (continuity clinic site)|
|Elective||Family Practice (continuity clinicsite)||Family Practice (continuity clinic site)|
|Family Practice (continuity clinic site)||Family Practice (continuity clinic site)||Family Practice (continuity clinic site)|