Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Header The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is a three year program for pediatrics-trained residents, and a two year program for emergency medicine-trained residents. We accept one fellow annually. Fellows train at the state of the art pediatric emergency department inside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital/Michigan State University Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship program is one of several graduate education programs offered through Spectrum Health.
  • Three year fellowship and two year fellowship for pediatric and emergency medicine trained residents respectively
  • ACGME accredited for one fellow per year
  • Clinical supervision by board certified physicians in a 35 bed state-of-the-art unit
  • Regional Level I trauma center
  • Affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Program Highlights
  • High volume adult and pediatric emergency departments in state-of-the-art facilities totaling over 200,000 visits in annually
  • The only pediatric emergency medicine fellowship in the only free-standing pediatric hospital in West Michigan
  • Community-based hospitals in partnership with Michigan State University to form a hybrid community and academic practice environment
  • Subspecialty support 24/7, mixed private and hospital-based physician subspecialty groups
  • Dedicated faculty with 24/7 coverage
  • Structured simulation curriculum for procedures and medical/trauma resuscitations
  • Dedicated ultrasound faculty with ultrasound fellowship
  • Research support from Spectrum Health, Michigan State University and the emergency medicine department
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the primary site for the fellowship, is a 236 bed quaternary referral center located in downtown Grand Rapids. Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is West Michigan’s only licensed free-standing children’s hospital and Level I pediatric trauma center, providing world class care in 50 pediatric specialties to children throughout  a 37 county area. The hospital moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility in 2011 and cares for nearly 8,000 inpatients and 95,000 ambulatory visits annually. The pediatric emergency department handles more than 50,000 visits per year with nearly 4,000 admissions annually. The department has social workers, pharmacists, paramedics, interpreter services, child life specialists and respiratory therapists available at all times. We have a 24 bed PICU and an 80 bed NICU for critical pediatric patients. The department has access to 24/7 laboratory and radiology services including ultrasound, CT and MRI. We currently have 12 faculty members who are available for fellow education and guidance.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center with nearly 100,000 emergency department visits annually. It is West Michigan’s premier location to receive burn care, as well as a primary stroke center. It connects directly to Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, the area’s leading heart center, which provides 24/7 cardiac catheterization services. The emergency department serves as our base for adult-focused rotations in general adult emergency care, trauma and burn care as well as ultrasound training.
To complement the training received on clinical rotations, fellows are also expected to regularly attend scheduled conferences, journal conferences, and lectures given by faculty and invited speakers.
  • Pediatric emergency medicine weekly lectures
  • Journal Club
  • Procedure labs
  • Simulated trauma and medical codes
  • Pediatric grand rounds
  • Fellows research lecture series
  • Regularly scheduled ultrasound workshops and simulations labs
The program offers a three year track for pediatric graduates and two year for emergency medicine graduates. Each year is divided into 13 blocks each of four weeks duration. View a sample curriculum
Exposure to and participation in research begins early on in the fellowship program so fellows are able to meet their scholarly activity requirements on time and also develop interest in all aspects of research. 
Spectrum Health provides many opportunities in quality and safety based research. Michigan State University and Spectrum Health have a blossoming interest in multi-center collaborative research networks. Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has a dedicated research advisory committee which helps to distribute local grants to pediatric researchers. The Van Andel Institute also aligns itself with Spectrum Health and provides support for medical research. With support from Michigan State University, Spectrum Health, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Van Andel Institute and Emergency Care Specialists (our physician group), fellows can expect to have ample resources for mentorship and support.
Please check out the following links for more information on research opportunities.
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program and use the Electronic Residency Application Service application process. We require the following information:
  • A completed application/profile
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript and dean’s letter
  • Personal statement describing career goals and reasons for selecting continued training in pediatric critical care
  • USMLE transcript
  • For international medical graduates, an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates status report
For more information on our program, please contact Haley Ritter, program coordinator.
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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