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). 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. 

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.