Internal Medicine Residency
The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Internal Medicine Residency program is a three-year program accepting 12 positions per year. We provide a rich educational experience with a culturally diverse population. With over 679 beds, Butterworth Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and a clinical leader in cardiovascular, cancer and neurosciences, among many others. The availability of higher level services provided at Spectrum Health, including heart, lung, and bone marrow transplant, has added to the exposure of these complex specialized patient populations to our resident physician and truly enhanced the educational experience we are able to offer. Spectrum Health has been awarded primary stroke center and heart failure certifications and has won the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
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Morning report (three per week)–Conducted by chief resident or a key faculty member, interesting cases or admissions from overnight are presented to discuss clinical presentations, differential diagnoses, appropriate interventions and therapeutics.
Manageable and realistic resident research opportunities: The internal medicine program strongly supports resident research, and many of our faculty are very involved in clinical research. Part of this support comes from the scholarly activity support team, led by Alan Davis, PhD.
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.
Residents develop a research project during their residency training, and have the opportunity to present it at numerous meetings. Some have even been submitted for publication! Our residents present at a city wide Research Day that occurs every year in April. Financial support from available funds can be requested not only from our internal medicine program, but also the scholarly activity support team pledged financial support for resident projects.
- We require three letters of recommendation, including a letter from the internal medicine department chair.
- We prefer scores of 210 or higher on both Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE on your first attempt.
- MD applicants: Results for Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS exam must be available to be considered for ranking.
- DO applicants: We prefer USMLE Steps 1 and 2 but will accept COMLEX 1 and 2.
- We prefer passing score result on the CS exam on your first attempt.
- We prefer applicants who have graduated medical school within the past two years.
- All applicants must possess U.S. work authorization or be eligible for J-1 status
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