Neurology Residency

Neurology Residency Header The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Neurology Residency offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences, providing a robust and diverse training environment for resident neurologists, preparing them well to go on to fellowship opportunities or general neurology practice. The overall goal of our program is to prepare individuals to be competent clinical neurologists. This is accomplished through an educational plan designed to provide increasing responsibility in patient care over the four years of training so that residents reach a level of competence in the independent care of patients with neurological disease by the end of their training.

For Applicants

The overall goal of our residency program is to prepare individuals to be competent clinical neurologists. This will be accomplished through an educational plan designed to provide increasing responsibility in patient care over the four-years of training so that the resident neurologist reaches a level of competence in the independent care of patients with neurological disease by the end of their residency. It is our expectation that trainees will provide excellent and compassionate care for those with acute and chronic neurological conditions, will become life-long independent learners, and will enhance their understanding of neurological disease. All training will be accomplished in an environment that maximizes resident education, patient safety and the well-being of the resident physicians.
The four-year program incorporates the first-year of post-graduate training at our facilities. The facilities for rotations include: Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Outpatient experiences (including a longitudinal neurology resident clinic) take place in Spectrum Health Medical Group neurosciences facilities. We also have rotations at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
Our faculty are invested in the development of this program and are excited about our first class of residents. We welcome you to consider this unique opportunity to be part of a new neurology training program. We are truly building the future here.
Cynthia Hingtgen, MD, PhD, FAAN
Program Director
Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Neurology Residency Program
Section Chief, Neurology Integrated Care Campus Beltline (ICCB)
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Our neurology residency is a four year program. All blocks are four weeks in length, totaling 13 per academic year. A special block dedicated to learning neuroanatomy, neurological examination techniques and the concepts of neurological localization will occur in the PGY-1 year.  All PGY-1 residents will take this block together. Residents will take overnight in-hospital call approximately one night every six days for PGY-2-four years. Residents will participate in continuity clinics one half day per week in the PGY-2-four years. 
  • Six blocks internal medicine: including one block in the medical intensive care unit and one block of cardiology
  • One block pediatrics
  • Two blocks emergency medicine
  • One block neurological localization
  • One block psychiatry
  • One block inpatient neurology
  • One block outpatient neurology
  • Seven blocks inpatient neurology
  • Two blocks outpatient neurology
  • Two blocks pediatric neurology
  • Two blocks neuro-intensive care unit
  • One block psychiatry
  • One block pediatric neurology
  • One block neuroradiology
  • One block neuro-ophthalmology
  • Three blocks EMG and neuromuscular
  • Three blocks EEG and epilepsy
  • Three blocks electives
  • Five blocks inpatient neurology     
  • One block pediatric neurology
  • Four blocks outpatient neurology
  • Three blocks electives
We provide various educational opportunities during your training.
  • Transition of care/morning report–Daily
  • Discuss new admissions and change over patients
  • Neuroscience grand rounds–Every-other week for two hours
  • Neurophysiology–Weekly
  • Learn basic science and clinic topics involved in conducting EEGs, EMGs, evoked potentials and in the care of patients with epilepsy and neuromuscular disease.
  • Didactic lecture topics–Weekly
  • Covering concepts in the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common neurological diseases
  • Quality assurance–Monthly
  • Morbidity and mortality conference
  • Journal club–Monthly
  • Stroke lectures–Monthly
  • Neuropathology lecture modules
  • Evidenced-based medicine modules
  • Ethics modules
  • Interesting case conferences
All residents, beginning in their PGY-2 year, will participate in a three-year integrative scholarly research program to become familiar with the methods, regulations and ethics involved in the conduct of responsible research. Toward that end, this research program will 1) provide the resident with training and experience in planning and conducting research, and 2) educate the residents in how to be better consumers of clinical research through didactic and experiential learning. This project includes understanding the concepts of evidence-based medicine and putting those practices to use, demonstrating knowledge of the ethical considerations involved in clinical research, hypothesis generation and data analysis, mastering skills for scientific writing and making oral presentations.

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.
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program. Applications and the following documents are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service. We require:
  • Strong communication skills
  • Should have scores of 220 or higher on both step 1 and step 2 of the USMLE on your first attempt
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Must pass the CS exam on the first attempt.
  • Recent clinical experience within the United States
  • Graduation from medical school within the past three years
  • All applicants must possess U.S. work authorization or be eligible for J-1 status
  • DO applicants: We prefer USMLE Steps 1 and 2 but will accept COMLEX 1 and 2. Step 2 exam results are encouraged, but not required prior to your interview. Results for Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS exam must be available to be considered for ranking.
For more information on our program, contact Susan Grice, program coordinator. 
All visiting medical student applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunitiesprogram (formerly known as VSAS). The Spectrum Health course catalog for rotation opportunities starting in July for the next academic year will be posted in March. Applications will be accepted starting April 1.
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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