Diagnostic Radiology

Welcome from the Director

Thank you for your interest in the radiology residency program in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We are affiliated with the Michigan State University School of Human Medicine, which is about a block away from our largest hospital, Butterworth.  Our residents also rotate through the adjacent Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and the nearby hospitals, Blodgett and St. Mary’s. These institutions have over 1500 beds, not counting the NICU at the Children’s Hospital.  We have two Level 1 trauma centers and only one of three Level 1 trauma centers for pediatrics in the state.  Butterworth Hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments in the country.  Our hospitals do cardiac, lung, and kidney transplant surgery.  Butterworth does more adult open heart surgeries and angioplasty/stent procedures than any other facility in the state. There are over 75 members of the radiology faculty which rotate through those hospitals.   We will have added over two dozen radiologists to the staff in a period of about 18 months.  We also have over 20 visiting professors a year from various prestigious institutions.  For residents interested in research, Michigan State University is currently building a new large high rise research facility about 5 blocks away from Butterworth Hospital which will be completed in 2017.  In addition, the Van Andel Research Institute across the street from Butterworth Hospital has a one billion dollar endowment.

We have 12 radiology residents and 3 transitional year radiology residents.  The size of the program makes it feasible to know all the residents as well as their family members, to have all the residents called upon frequently in conference, and to have close attention by the faculty.  The volume of cases the residents sees is among the top in the state.  The residents read interesting cases daily, seeing a variety of pathology that will prepare them for their Core Exam.   For those interested in interventional radiology, residents receive an ample amount of training and experience early on in their training that they are often doing procedures first hand as there are no fellows in the program. Also, we have received our ESIR designation from the ACGME. Our residents have received excellent fellowships at some of the best institutions in the country, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Mallinkrodt, the Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University.

Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with a thriving economy, continuous innovative development, and friendly people.  The Grand River runs through the downtown area.  The largest judged art competition in the world is held here.  There are multiple museums, a zoo, excellent bike paths and multiple venues for sports, concerts, conventions, etc.  The cost of living is moderate and many of the residents own their own homes.  The beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline is only 30 miles away. Recently, Forbes has ranked Grand Rapids #1 as the best place to raise a family.

We encourage you to visit and explore our program in greater detail.


Jay Harolds, MD, FACR, FACNM

DR Group Pic 2015-16

Program Overview

Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Graduate Medical Education (GME) is the clinical and academic leader driving the future of health care and education in Grand Rapids and throughout the region. Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners (GRMEP) is our GME office and provides administrative and educational oversight for our programs. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is the diagnostic radiology residency’s academic affiliation. Michigan State medical students rotate on our clinical services and participate in research with us.

Many faculty members hold academic appointments in MSU-CHM, and residents are recognized as MSU resident clinical educators. We are unique in that while affiliated with a large medical school, our program is not part of a hierarchical academic department. It is through this relationship that we are able to offer the very best of a busy community-based clinical program as well as the academic opportunities of a university. This is demonstrated by the substantial research projects, presentations, and papers generated by our residents annually.

Three community teaching hospitals are involved in the GRMEP/MSU Diagnostic Radiology residency: Spectrum Health Butterworth, Spectrum Health Blodgett, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. There are 75+ board-certified radiologists collectively staffing Spectrum Health, and 14 board-certified radiologists staffing Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus is a 529-bed non-profit acute care teaching hospital. It serves as a Level I Trauma Center and the High Risk OB Referral Center for West Michigan. It houses the West Michigan Regional Burn Center. In addition to cardiac transplantation, Spectrum Health has also been recently approved for lung transplants.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus is a 410 bed non-profit acute care teaching hospital with an active medical staff of 240 physicians. There are more than 14,000 admissions annually. Emergency room visits number about 37,000 per year; there are approximately 14,000 clinic visits. Spectrum Health Blodgett houses an Arthritis Institute which focuses on reconstructive surgery.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is a non-profit 300-bed acute care teaching hospital, has more than 200 attending physicians on the active staff

Goals & Philosophies

We are committed to offer a personalized educational program that will allow you to excel in whichever area of radiology that you decide to pursue.

Program Highlights

Our Diagnostic Radiology Residency program has a long-standing testimony to our commitment to academic excellence and achievement from our current residents and our graduates.

  • We are fully accredited by the ACGME and have received our ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology) designation
  • Robust training experience with a case volume being among the top in the state, including cases in rare diseases and post-transplant studies
  • We have our own Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and are only one of three Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in the state
  • Graduates have completed fellowships at some of the best institutions in the country, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Mallinkrodt,
  • the Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University.
  • Visiting Professors are typically provided 1-2 times per month who are nationally and internationally recognized in their area of expertise
  • We have a radiology retreat each year
  • Grand Rapids is a great place to live, with low cost of living, ample entertainment/recreational opportunities, minimal traffic and voted #1 Best Place to Raise a Family!
  • Dedicated Radiology Program Director with over 25 years of experience
  • State of the art facilities
  • Strong research support from GRMEP and VanAndel Institute
  • Close-knit, family friendly residents

Diversity and Resident Wellness

Spectrum Health is committed to creating a healthy work environment which promotes wellness and a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive .  Please visit the Spectrum Health Resident Wellness page and the Spectrum Health Diversity page to learn more.

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All applications are accepted through ERAS. Please see the For Applicants section of your preferred program for additional details.

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