Infectious disease fellowship

Blown up view of an infectious disease virus

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Infectious Disease Fellowship is organized to provide training and supervised experiences for fellows to acquire the competency of a specialist in the field of infectious diseases.

Fellows train in a quaternary medical center serving the greater Grand Rapids area and 13 surrounding counties, with combined hospital campuses overseeing over 1,000 beds. The infectious disease program at Spectrum Health assists in serving patients with advanced heart failure and LVAD, heart and lung transplant, bone marrow transplant, an outpatient clinic, and community resources.


Goals and Philosophies

The overall goal of the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Infectious Disease Fellowship program is to prepare the trainee to function as a competent Infectious Disease physician in a variety of settings, and to become the clinical and academic leaders of tomorrow. The program is designed to give fellows wide exposure to the practice of infectious diseases. Trainees will gain experience in clinical research, education, hospital epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, among other areas within the scope of infectious diseases. Fellows will become proficient in both clinical inpatient and outpatient aspects of care.

Program Overview

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Infectious Disease Fellowship Program is organized to provide training and supervised experience for the ID fellow to acquire the competency of a specialist in the field of infectious diseases. The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University program is two years in duration and offers two fellowship training positions each year. Qualified candidates must be board eligible or board certified in Internal Medicine.

Program Aim

The infectious disease fellowship aims for excellence and proficiency in patient care by contributing to clinical research, being actively involved in infection control and prevention strategies and personalized patient care. We carry our core values and teach our fellows to be compassionate and collaborative within the community. The fellowship program inspires and prepares the fellows to be ambassadors in the society and disseminate our passion for prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.


Modern facilities to accomplish the overall educational program are available at the following sites: Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, which includes a Level 1 trauma center, Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, Spectrum Health Cancer Center at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, the regional burn center, to provide well-rounded and diverse educational experience in the clinical, didactic and research training of the fellows.The infectious disease training program is conducted in a setting in which training programs in surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and other medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties are available.

Clinical experiences afforded to infectious disease fellows include opportunities to observe and manage adult patients with infectious diseases on both an inpatient and ambulatory basis. The program requires 24 months of supervised clinical/research rotations.

Inpatient Rotations

Inpatient consultations are performed mainly at Butterworth Hospital. At the completion of the required clinical time, the fellow will have provided consultative services for an average of 2,000 inpatients. The inpatient experience includes a pediatric infectious disease rotation conducted at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Ambulatory Care

Outpatient clinic provides care for patients living with HIV infection. Each fellow is required to follow at least 20 HIV patients for a minimum of 12 months. Fellows are also scheduled in the Spectrum Health general infectious disease outpatient clinic.

Elective Rotations

Fellows have the option of experiencing other career opportunities that the infectious diseases specialty training offers, including options to have additional exposure to the following:

  • Inpatient consultation service
  • Inpatient consultation (bone and joint exposure)
  • Pediatric inpatient consultation service
  • Solid organ transplant service
  • General infectious disease outpatient clinic
  • Away rotation


The training program provides a variety of conferences and educational experiences. Fellows are expected to participate in the following:

  • Infectious disease case conference–weekly
  • Micro rounds–monthly
  • Research meet-up–weekly
  • Problem-based learning curriculum–weekly
  • Journal club–quarterly
  • Infectious disease city-wide meeting–monthly
  • Internal medicine grand rounds–weekly

Application Requirements

All positions for the program are filled through the National Residency Matching Program. Eligibility requirements for our fellowship program:

  • All applicants must possess U.S. work authorization or be eligible for J-1 status
  • Applicants must have completed three years of United States postgraduate residency training in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited internal medicine program before entry into the fellowship program
  • Applicants must be an MD or DO
  • Applicants must have good communication skill

Application Service only, paper applications will not be considered

For more information on our program, please contact our program coordinator at

Salary and Benefits

Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. In addition, our program provides educational monies to support your ongoing education. Download our salary and benefits document to learn more.

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Program Director

Associate Program Director

Core Faculty

Joshua Donkin, MD
Joshua Donkin, MD

Internal Medicine: Spectrum Health/Michigan State University

James Polega, MD
James Polega, MD

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics: Spectrum Health/Michigan State University

Class of 2022

Mudita Bhugra, MD
Mudita Bhugra, MD

Internal Medicine: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - Springfield

Ready to Apply?

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program and use the Electronic Residency Application Service.