Emergency Medicine Residency

Emergency Medicine Residency Header The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency was established in 1977 and is one of the oldest emergency residency programs in the United States. We follow a PGY one to three format, accepting ten residents annually. Our residents train at two primary locations, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 

Our curriculum is ever changing to keep pace with the rapid evolution of emergency medicine. We use a variety to teaching methods to help residents learn the foundational knowledge of emergency medicine and hone critical thinking skills. We utilize low- and high-fidelity simulation activities to help further develop and hone the procedural skills necessary to practice emergency medicine.


For Applicants

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
  • More than 7,600 inpatient admissions annually
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Low acuity Fast Track covered by physician extenders – allows residents to see more critical cases
  • 679 bed hospital, including Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center
  • 20 observation beds/chest pain center
  • Certified Stroke Center
  • In-department CT and radiology, MRI available 24 hours/day
  • Social workers and translators in the department 24 hours/day
 
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • 20 pediatric beds plus clinical decision unit/observation unit
  • Residents provide care in both the acute care and fast track areas of the pediatric emergency department
  • Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Nearly 200 pediatric physicians in more than 50 pediatric specialties and programs
  • In-department CT and radiology, MRI available 24 hours/day
  • Social workers and translators in the department 24 hours/day
 
 
High volume emergency departments in world-class facilities
Our primary training sites are housed within Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospitals. The annual emergency department census exceeds 110,000 patients at Butterworth Hospital and over 50,000 at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Both facilities contain the latest medical technology and state-of-the-art equipment to help provide the best care possible for patients.

Exposure to a wide variety of patients
We are fortunate to interact with patients from all walks of life every day. Patients of all ages and with a wide variety of medical conditions present for evaluation and treatment to both hospitals. You will be well trained in all aspects of emergency medicine care upon completion of our program.

Faculty dedicated to medical education
Our faculty takes your residency training seriously. We have numerous, experienced clinicians/educators who actively engage themselves in helping our residents learn the art and science of emergency medicine.

Dynamic educational curriculum
Our curriculum is ever changing to keep pace with the rapid evolution of emergency medicine. We use a variety to teaching methods to help residents learn the foundational knowledge of emergency medicine and hone critical thinking skills. We utilize low- and high-fidelity simulation activities to help further develop and hone the procedural skills necessary to practice emergency medicine.

Exceptional ultrasound training
The ultrasound training that you will experience is hands-on and top-notch. From ocular to FAST exams, you will be well prepared in the use and interpretation of ultrasound by the time you graduate. Two educators who have expertise in ultrasound oversee ultrasound training. Our residents’ ultrasound education is complimented by an ultrasound fellowship.

Medical toxicology rotation
Few institutions have a dedicated team of physicians and learning rotation devoted to the care of toxicological patients. Your toxicology experience will help you understand the presentation and pathophysiology of a vast array of poisons and how to better care for these types of patients.

Training tomorrow’s leaders in emergency medicine
We have a long and proud tradition of training excellent emergency medicine physicians. Whether you become a community-based clinician, or pursue a career in academics, the learning experiences and skills that you will take away with you will prepare you for your chosen career path. Many of our graduates have attained leadership positions within their communities, institutions, and the house of emergency medicine.

A program that values resident development (personal and professional) and wellness
We invest in the personal and professional development of our residents; each resident is paired with a mentor to help guide them through the challenges that often accompany residency training. Wellness is one element to our program’s success. Bear witness to the smiles on the residents’ faces during your interview day! As an example of our wellness activities, our residents participate in an annual summer retreat on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, and take to the slopes of northern Michigan for a winter retreat immediately following the in-service training exam.

Didactics
  • Quarterly interactive sessions: Ultrasound (PGY-1), Research (PGY-2), EMS/career planning (PGY-3)
  • Intensive reading program
  • Monthly journal club
  • Regular procedure and simulation labs
  • Monthly EKG and radiology club
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality review

Research support is available to you in the level of your interest. We have a specific faculty member dedicated to coordinating and assisting you. Our research department and the Van Andel Institute provide world-class research and support.

During your PGY-2 year, we provide an educational track that exposes you to research and fulfills the program and ACGME requirements. The PGY-2 class gathers one hour each month during our Thursday conference for a “year-specific breakout session”. These sessions serve to provide focused education with regards to research for PGY-2 residents.

Research is the theme of our second year-specific didactic sessions. During monthly class meetings, Dr. Jeff Jones and Dr. Mike Brown cover various key research elements. The first half of the year focuses on learning the “tools” of research. During this time, each resident puts together an interesting case report along with a faculty mentor. These case reports are presented at a local research meeting each spring. A few reports each year are presented at national conferences.

An original clinical or bench research project is occasionally performed, but always encouraged for those eager research-oriented residents. The emergency medicine department has a strong clinical research program which has been in place for over 25 years with a goal to improve emergency care by creating an environment of inquiry and scholarship. During the past 12 months, faculty, residents and students have presented over 50 different research projects nationally and internationally.

Most residents focus their efforts to learn the skill sets needed for using the biomedical literature to answer clinical questions and hone evidence based medicine critical analysis. These skills are applied in the second half of the year by formulating a clinical question that has not been answered clearly in the medical literature. The best evidence about this question is critically appraised and a brief summary of the analysis is written that often results in a published original review.

For research support, the scholarly activity support team can assist you. The scholarly activity support team also offers biostatistics consultation, and poster preparation. Residents will be expected to submit their work for presentation at an institutional Research Day.

  • Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only. Application deadline is November 1.
  • Include dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation.
We also require a personal statement, medical school transcript and a score from your USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Step 1 to complete your application. In addition, a USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Step 2 score is preferred. For more information on our program, 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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