Visiting Learner

We offer community-based medicine, hands-on learning environment, large and diverse patient base, special emphasis on primary care, opportunities in a variety of subspecialties, as well as state-of-the-art medical and educational institutions.

The Spectrum Health Office of Medical Education provides and coordinates clinical medical education to residents, medical students, physician assistant students and nurse practitioner students. We offer primary care and subspecialty electives in both inpatient and office experience opportunities. Spectrum Health has more than 1,500 volunteer faculty members and the community of Grand Rapids has been engaged in graduated medical education programs and clinical learning for over 50 years. Our regional network of hospitals and offices also offer learning opportunities outside the Grand Rapids campus.

Visiting Medical Students

Spectrum Health and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital are committed to providing high-quality medical educational opportunities. Choosing a medical education program that best fits your interests and passion starts in West Michigan. The program offers a dynamic experience through our dedication to fostering growth of medical knowledge and high-quality, safe health care. All rotations are scheduled through the Spectrum Health Office of Medical Education. 

Elective rotations are awarded based on available educational opportunities and approval of the residency program director. Applications are prioritized as follows:

  • Students from affiliated schools (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)
  • Fourth or final year students from other accredited medical schools in the U.S.
  • Students from medical schools outside the U.S. who have demonstrated a tie to West Michigan

U.S. Applicants

  • All visiting medical student applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (formerly known as VSAS).
  • The Spectrum Health course catalog for rotation opportunities is available for the 2019-2020 academic year

International Applicants

Please contact medstudentscheduling@spectrumhealth.org if you have additional questions.

Visiting Nurse Practitioner Students

Spectrum Health employed nurse practitioner students, please see InSite for placement details. For all other nurse practitioner students, select acute care rotations may be available on a limited basis. We currently do not offer rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, or women’s health to Spectrum Health non-employed students. Please contact npscheduling@spectrumhealth.org for details, as well as a list of preferred schools.

Visiting Physician Assistant Students

Spectrum Health’s preferred physician assistant schools are: Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University. At this time, we are only accepting applications from students attending these institutions. Please contact Lynn McBurney for the student application or with any additional questions.


All visiting resident applications must be submitted to Sidra Tees. Completed applications are due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the requested rotation. Requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.