Resident Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Resident Diversity

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.

Spectrum Health is committed to creating a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive. Our success is tied to our ability to attract and retain diverse and culturally intelligent residents and fellows. We value inclusiveness and equity of opportunities for all individuals. As a system we have many moving parts; each part is interconnected and is vital to the health and well-being of our organization. Working together we can achieve and maintain a culturethat fosters a sense of belonging, inspires innovation and provides equitable care.

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

Residency Showcase

This annual event gives 3rd and 4th year medical students the opportunity to interact with program directors, program faculty and current residents.

2020 Virtual Residency Showcase

On Saturday, October 10, 2020 medical students and recent graduates gathered virtually to learn about the 15 residency programs at Spectrum Health and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. The virtual event was hosted by TaLawnda Bragg, MD, FACP, internal medicine residency program director, and Candace Smith-King, MD, FAAP, vice president of academic affairs and the ACGME designated institutional official. 

Sessions

  • Program Director Panel – Learn about program requirements, innovative training experiences and the wide array of exposure provided to residents.
  • Resident Panel – Hear firsthand how to thrive as a resident physician.
  • Virtual Tours – Virtually step inside our nationally recognized medical center and children’s hospital. Ask questions about our world-class facilities.
  • Networking – Engage directly with our dedicated, passionate program directors and residents.

2020 Participation
  • 81 medical students and recent graduates registered for the event
  • Registration from 26 medical schools
  • Nine Spectrum Health residency program leaders participated
  • Nine current residents from seven programs participated in resident panel

The 2021 event is being planned for fall 2021. For questions and more information, email residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org.