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.

2020 Residency Showcase - Canceled 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Michigan State University Secchia Center - Grand Rapids, MI

 

This event provides second and third year medical students the opportunity to interact with program directors, program faculty, residents and fellows. Travel scholarships are available to underrepresented students. 

 

Upon continuous monitoring of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Residency Showcase scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at Michigan State University Secchia Center. It is our foremost priority to protect the health and safety of all attendees, staff, patients and the community.

 

Spectrum Health remains dedicated to providing a robust learning experience. We invite you to join us for a virtual residency fair late Spring 2020. You will receive information regarding the virtual fair to the email address you provided upon registering for the showcase.

Please email the Resident Diversity Council at residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org with any questions or concerns. Click here to learn more about residency and fellowship programs at Spectrum Health.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to connecting with you in the future. 

Minority Visiting Scholars Program

Spectrum Health, in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is dedicated to graduate medical education. We have 31 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs and more than 320 residents and fellows. 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.
 
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. For questions about the program, email residentdiversity@spectrumhealth.org.

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.

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