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).

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 for details, as well as a list of preferred schools.

All visiting physician assistant student applications must be submitted to no later than 90 days prior to the start of the requested rotation(s). Please contact Lynn McBurney for a list of preferred schools


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.