Asylum Evaluation Training

UMAC has hosted several training sessions for students and physicians since its inception. These CME-accredited sessions are led by expert clinician-evaluators with extensive experience in asylum law and forensic physical and psychological evaluations. Training sessions provide physicians and medical students the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and document the psychological and physical sequelae of human rights abuses. Completion of the training is required for all medical students and physicians who wish to collaborate with UMAC to provide forensic evaluations to asylum applicants across the Midwest.   


Topics covered during the training include:

  • A thorough background on the asylum process

  • How to perform a forensic medical evaluation

  • How to compose a corresponding medical affidavit to support an asylum applicant’s case


This training session serves as an initial step in helping to meet a critical unmet medical need for forensic evaluations. For physicians, this is an opportunity to lend your unique skillset to an often-overlooked population in a challenging setting. For students, we hope this training will serve to develop a career-long interest in serving disenfranchised populations.​

Lunch Speaker Series

UMAC routinely hosts guest speakers to help educate and bring awareness to the campus community.

Past speakers have included:


  • David Koelsch, Director of the Immigration Law Clinic and the Asylum Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Elizabeth Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law in the U of M Human Trafficking Clinic

  • Ruby Robinson, Staff Attorney at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center