Resident diversity, equity and inclusion

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At Spectrum Health, we pledge to take on the challenge to eliminate racism and its impacts on health, hope and lives, both within our organization and in the communities we serve. In 2020, we have reaffirmed this commitment with a Pledge to Act. Racism is a public health crisis.

We are committed to creating an interconnected, collaborative culture where all are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work; it is vital to the health of our organization. As a health system, we advocate for equity as we care for our patients, our communities and each other.

From workshops that develop cultural intelligence, to our inclusion resource groups for people to find community and empowerment at work, we are dedicated to ongoing resources that advance our values of diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. We invite those that share in our commitment to join our team.

We want every medical student, resident, fellow and faculty member at Spectrum Health to feel included and respected. We are committed to fostering and advancing inclusion and diversity in our workforce, workplace, leadership, faculty and programs. We believe in equity for everyone.

Some of our resident and fellow focused initiatives and events include:

  • Diversity Journal Club
  • Diversity Grand Rounds
  • Diversity and Wellness Lending Library in the Resident Lounge
  • Inclusion Resource Groups - employee led and formed around common demographics, characteristics or shared interests
  • Day of Understanding events and conversations on June 19, 2020
  • White Coats for Black Lives
  • 21 Week Diversity Challenge
  • Cultural competence workshops
  • Diversity resources and events shared on dedicated intranet website

2021 Resident Diversity Showcase

This annual event gives 3rd and 4th year medical students, especially those underrepresented in medicine, the opportunity to interact with Spectrum Health residency program directors and residents.

At Spectrum Health, we pledge to take on the challenge to eliminate racism and its impacts on health, hope and lives, both within our organization and in the communities we serve. Learn about the ways each program promotes diversity, equity and inclusion as part of the larger Spectrum Health commitment.

Taking care of patients, their families and our community hinges on our ability to attract, train and retain diverse and culturally intelligent resident physicians. We value inclusiveness and equity of opportunities for all individuals. As a system we have many moving parts; each part is interconnected and vital to the health and well-being of our organization. Working together we can achieve and maintain a culture that fosters a sense of belonging, inspires innovation and provides equitable care.

Learn more about the residency programs at Spectrum Health and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Our 33 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs provide a robust learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities. Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are an ideal choice for the next step of your medical education journey. Located in West Michigan, our hospitals offer urban and rural exposure to a diverse patient population.


  • Welcome
  • Virtual tours
  • Program Director Panel
  • Networking breakout rooms with program directors and residents
  • Resident Panel

Planning is underway for the 2022 event. For questions and more information, email