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 over 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

All visiting medical student applications must be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (formerly known as VSAS).



All visiting nurse practitioner student applications must be submitted to Kelly Jarvis. 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.



All visiting physician assistant student applications must be submitted to Lynn McBurney. Completed applications are due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the requested rotation. Clinical elective rotations for credit are offered in the traditional four or six-week format and are limited to one Grand Rapids rotation per visiting student. There is no limit on rotations at regional locations.



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.