Resident and Fellow Diversity

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 culture that 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. 


  • 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

Minority Visiting Scholars Program

The Minority Visiting Scholars Program (MVSP) is sponsored by the Spectrum Health Office of Research and Education as a supplement to our visiting learner program for medical students. The program 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.


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.

  • 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 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.
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 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
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
Applications for the Minority Visiting Scholars Program can be submitted starting April 1 for the next academic year starting in July. MVSP applications will be accepted for three months. Notification of student's application status will be provided via email within three weeks of receiving the application.

The application timeline mirrors the timing for the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (VSLO). VSLO applications are accepted for approximately one year, depending on availability, and will close completely when the next VSLO application cycle opens. VSLO is always available to view electives beginning March 1 of each year.

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

The application process requires two separate applications, the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities application, which allows students to register for an elective at Spectrum Health, and the MVSP application which awards the financial support.
  1. Complete the VSLO application and upload all required documents
  2. Complete the Spectrum Health MVSP application and email completed application and CV to