Resident and Fellow Diversity

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 healthy, inclusive culture that fosters a sense of belonging, inspires innovation and provides equitable care. 

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

A residency diversity council is in place to improve recruitment and retention of medical graduates from underrepresented communities. To ensure progress, we have established a resident and fellow diversity subcommittee, comprised of residents and fellows, to support our goals.

Minority Visiting Scholars Program

Spectrum Health, in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is dedicated to graduate medical education. We have 26 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs and more than 300 residents and fellows. The Minority Visiting Scholars Program (MVSP) is sponsored by the Spectrum Health Office of Medical Education as a supplement to our Visiting Learner program for medical students.

 

MVSP provides mentoring and networking for fourth year and qualified third year medical students underrepresented in medicine, such as racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI-identified or gender nonconforming individuals, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with special needs.

 

The mission of the MVSP is to enrich medical education, advance research and strengthen our clinical practices by fostering a culture of inclusion. It is because of our commitment to improve the health of the communities we serve that we are committed to recruiting a diverse class of residents. We believe our community of diverse patients warrants diversity in our physicians.

 

Highlights

  • Up to $1,500 scholarship awarded to MVSP scholars, including reimbursement for housing, travel and expenses associated with participating in the learning program. MVSP scholars who complete their rotation will be reimbursed at the end of the rotation. Incurred expenses for travel and other associated expense receipts and MVSP program evaluation must be submitted to residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org within 30 days of rotation completion.
  • Includes a four week rotation on clinical shifts, didactics and simulation with attending physicians and resident physicians.
  • MVSP scholars will have the opportunity to attend all residency educational activities.
  • Mentoring opportunities from faculty member in specialty of interest.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must be full-time, fourth year medical students underrepresented in medicine, in good standing at a LCME-accredited U.S. medical school. Third year students who have completed their core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics are also eligible to apply.

 

Housing

Selected scholars may elect to secure housing through our partnership with Grand Valley State University. Housing is based on availability and will be deducted from the scholarship. If no availability, selected scholars will be responsible for securing housing. Contact residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org if you would like to seek housing through our partnership.

 

The following amenities are included:

  • Fully furnished apartments with kitchenette and wireless internet connection
  • Free parking in adjacent parking lot
  • On-site laundry, exercise center and 24-hour public safety and on call emergency
  • Located on The Rapid bus line and walking distance to restaurants, museums, etc.

 

Mentoring and Networking

MVSP scholars are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with other Spectrum Health faculty, attending physicians, residents, fellows and staff. 

Mentoring and networking is designed to:

·       Increase awareness of opportunities in academic medicine

·       Provide underrepresented medical students access to a diverse Spectrum Health workforce and career guidance

·       Educate on opportunities in academic training programs for residency and fellowship at Spectrum Health

Available Rotations

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Application Requirements

All visiting medical student applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (formerly known as VSAS). Applications should be submitted at least three months (90 days) prior to the student’s requested rotation.

 

Applicants must also submit a completed Spectrum Health MVSP application and CV to residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org

 

MVSP applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Notification of student's application status will be provided via email within three weeks of receiving the application.

 

All applicants must submit a completed Spectrum Health MVSP application.

 

How to Apply

This process requires two separate applications, the subsidized MVSP application which awards the financial support, and the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSAS/VSLO) which allows students to register for an elective at Spectrum Health.

 

Contact Us

For questions about the program, please contact, Belinda Cunningham at residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org.