Pediatrics Residency

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital! Located in one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest, we are nationally ranked in four pediatric sub-specialties by U.S. News and World Report and offer a complete educational and clinical experience in our state-of-the-art, free-standing, children’s hospital.  

We hope the following information is useful to you. Thank you again for considering us for your residency training and please feel free to contact us with questions


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    A Hospital Built for Pediatric Care

    As the only free standing children’s hospital in western Michigan, we see a high volume of patients from all over our diverse region. With our affiliation with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, we have the opportunity to work with leading experts in pediatric research and education, while keeping our community-feel throughout our residency program and children’s hospital.

From the Program Directors
What do you want to be known for when you leave residency? Excellence? Teamwork? Kindness and Compassion?
When you join the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, you will be joining a group of stellar pediatricians-in-training who have identified these as the values that they want to be known for. As program directors, we recognize that cultivating these values is our mandate!
Excellence:  The 300 pediatric physicians who practice in more than 50 subspecialties at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital have joined us from around the world to provide excellent tertiary and quaternary care that is recognized by the US News and World Report. Your educational experience will include an abundance of patient exposure in our emergency department, PICU, NICU and inpatient floors along with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of standard and unique elective opportunities.  The Academic General Pediatrics Clinic is a leader in the community for access to diverse patient background, vaccination rates and quality initiatives. You will have access to cutting edge genomics research both at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and through our partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Our safety and quality program is recognized across the country as innovative and successful.
Teamwork:  From the minute you walk in the door, you are an integral part of our team – a team that comes from all parts of the country and brings a wealth of diverse backgrounds. You will work shoulder-to-shoulder with the attendings as together you provide care for children with kidney and bone marrow transplants,  level 1 trauma patients, complex cardiac surgery patients  and much, much more.  However, simply being a team member is not adequate. By the time you graduate, you will be a team leader prepared and ready for the most rigorous fellowship training or ready to lead a community through your position as a general pediatrician. Through teaching curriculum, business curriculum, participation in quality/safety projects, leadership development, advocacy and community engagement, you will learn to be a team leader when you walk out the door. 
Kindness and Compassion:  This is critical. As pediatricians, we know we need to be kind and compassionate towards our patients and families. We also need to learn how to be kind and compassionate towards ourselves and colleagues. Through protected didactic half-days, generous and flexible vacation dates, retreats, wellness events and mentorship programs, we strive to make resident wellness one of our top priorities. We know you will sense this when you join our team! 
We are looking forward to meeting you when you come visit us in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forbes Magazine’s 2017 No. 1 Best City for Raising a Family)! 
Kira, Justin and Raj
Welcome from the Chiefs
Welcome to the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital! We are excited that you are considering our program and cannot wait to share the many aspects that make it an excellent choice for your residency training… read  more.
The Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is a state-of-art, free-standing children's hospital and Level I trauma center. The Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is Michigan's largest neonatal center and the fifth largest in the nation with more than 1,300 babies admitted annually.
Like most pediatrics facilities, we practice a family-centered rounding style. Our continuity clinic experience is unique in that we have the option of spending one half-day per week of the third year in a clinical setting of your choosing, whether a private practice primary care clinic, a community clinic, a subspecialty clinic, or even a hospitalist or critical care role. At Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, we truly care about individualizing your education to help you reach your professional goals. As such, we offer several curriculum tracks.
Within each track multiple electives can be selected based on your interests and goals.  Here is a sampling of the electives we offer.
 Advanced EM  Cardiology  Global Health  Orthopedics  Radiology
 Allergy and Immunology  Center for Child Protection (CCP)  Healthy Weight Center  Palliative Care  Research
 Anesthesiology  Culinary Medicine  Hospitalist  Pathology  Rheumatology
 Antimicrobial Stewardship Program  Dermatology  Medical Examiner  PM&R  Sedation
 Bone Marrow Transplant  Education Leadership  Medical Genetics  Primary Care Experience (PCE)  Sports Medicine
 Burn  Endocrinology  Nephrology  Psychiatry  Surgery
 Business of Medicine  ENT  Neurology  Pulmonology  Toxicology
 Cardiothoracic Surgery  Gastroenterology  Ophthalmology  Quality Improvement  Urology
Our faculty is dedicated to your learning whether in a clinical setting or through our various didactics.
Monday  Morning report
Tuesday  Grand Rounds or Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Wednesday  Multi-Disciplinary Case Conference led by an intern with small group discussion of differential and workup plans with input from various subspecialists depending on the case
Thursday  Protected didactics 1200-1600 consisting of board review Q&As, mock codes, journal clubs, and an 18-month lecture series given by sub-specialty faculty based on Nelson’s with a focus on ABP general pediatrics learning objectives.
 Friday  Morning report, Psychiatry Rounds, QI/Safety Rounds, or the ever popular Infectious Disease Bug Bowl

Who we are

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Application Requirements

Applications and the following documents are accepted only throughthe Electronic Residency Application Service

We require:
  • Excellent communication skills
  • MD applicants should have scores of 205 or higher on both Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE
  • DO applicants should have scores of 550 of higher on both COMLEX 1 and 2
  • Must pass the CS exam on the first attempt
  • Recent clinical experience within the United States
  • Applicants must have graduated medical school within the last three years
  • All candidates must possess U.S. work authorization or be eligible for J-1 status
    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 Julie Beute, program coordinator. 

Pictured: Julie Beute, Kimberly Longstreet and Sue Heinz
Pediatric Residency Program Coordinators

Salary and Benefits

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.