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Spectrum Health/MIchigan State University/Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Grand Rapids, MI

Kira Sieplinga, MD

Program Director

Susan Heinz, Julie Beute, Saron Mogos

Program Coordinator

  • 234-bed children's hospital serving large catchment in Western, Central and Northern Michigan.

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked

  • Our mission is to create an inclusive and innovative learning environment that impacts the health of the children of Michigan.

  • We are on a first-name basis amongst residents and attendings to create team safety and accessibility.

  • Largest NICU in the region; high volume inpatient, emergency and ICU departments.

  • New continuity clinic center opening in 2024 serving diverse patient panel.

  • 20 peds residents/year; 4 med-peds/year; 2 child neuro/year

  • Team caps; no 24 hour call shifts

  • Protected half-day didactics in addition to traditional morning report

  • Associate PDs here to serve you and dedicated to wellness, board review, faculty development, innovative primary care, research/scholarship and diversity, equity & inclusion

  • Nature (beaches, hikes, camping, biking)

  • Culture (fine arts, concert series, sports)

  • Easy access to hospital with a mix of residents renting or owning and walking or driving to work

  • Population diversity including: urban/rural/suburban dwellers; large refugee resettlement community

  • Certificate opportunities in global health, culinary medicine and lifestyle medicine

  • 5 distinct tracks of curriculum

  • Begin with a focus on advocacy and community resources in clinic immersion and advocacy

  • Leadership electives including advanced ICU, hospitalist and resident-as-teacher

  • Opportunity for community hospital and complex care rotations

  • System and pediatric residency DEI committees

  • Minority Visiting Student Program

  • HEAL Scholar (community engagement, leadership training and scholarships to resident physicians underrepresented in medicine)

  • Health and racial equity curriculum

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