Emergency Medicine

Welcome from Residency Leadership Team

Welcome to the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners (GRMEP) / Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program! Established in 1977, we are one of the oldest emergency medicine residency programs in the nation. Over the past four decades, there are two things that remain constant– our program’s commitment to an exceptional educational experience and to excellent patient care.

In order to reach our goals in education and patient care, our residents train at two primary locations on the “Medical Mile.” Butterworth Hospital, a Level I trauma center, provides care for adult patients. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, provides care for pediatric patients and boasts more than 40 specialties and subspecialties. These Spectrum Health facilities have become two of the best tertiary referral centers in the region and are directly adjacent in downtown Grand Rapids.

We value our residents and their wellness as they are the center of our program. As a leadership team, we believe that resident input and participation is paramount for growth and development of both residents and faculty.  Be sure to ask any resident why they chose this program – their answers will not disappoint.

If you are committed to excellence, and are not afraid to work hard, then our program is right for you.
Best of luck on the interview trail!

Bryan Judge, MD – Program Director
Jason Seamon, DO – Associate Program Director
Eric VanDePol, MD – Assistant Program Director

Program Overview

  • Established in 1977 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • PGY 1-3 Format: 9 residents accepted per year
  • Faculty are experienced clinicians and medical educators
  • ACGME accredited residency program
  • Over 300 graduates that practice across the nation in a variety of settings

Our Mission

The Emergency Medicine Residency faculty, staff and residents share a common mission: to train physicians who excel in the art and science of emergency medicine and the delivery of compassionate care in a patient’s time of need.

Program Highlights

  • High volume emergency departments in state-of-the-art facilities
    • Our primary training sites are housed within Butterworth and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospitals. The annual emergency department census exceeds 110,000 patients at Butterworth Hospital and over 50,000 at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Both facilities contain the latest medical technology and state-of-the-art equipment to help provide the best care possible for patients.
  • Exposure to a wide variety of patients
    • We are fortunate to interact with patients from all walks of life every day. Patients of all ages and with a wide variety of medical conditions present for evaluation and treatment to both hospitals. Caring for patients is what we do! You will be well trained in all aspects of emergency medicine care upon completion of our program.
  • Faculty dedicated to medical education
    • Our faculty takes your residency training seriously. We have numerous, experienced clinicians/educators who actively engage themselves in helping our residents learn the art and science of emergency medicine.
  • Dynamic educational curriculum
    • Our curriculum is ever changing to keep pace with the rapid evolution of emergency medicine. We use a variety to teaching methods to help residents learn the foundational knowledge of emergency medicine and hone critical thinking skills. We utilize low- and high-fidelity simulation activities to help further develop and hone the procedural skills necessary to practice emergency medicine.
  • Exceptional ultrasound training
    • The ultrasound training that you will experience is hands-on and top-notch. From ocular to FAST exams, you will be well prepared in the use and interpretation of ultrasound by the time you graduate. Two educators who have expertise in ultrasound oversee ultrasound training. Our residents’ ultrasound education is complimented by an ultrasound fellowship.
  • Rural emergency medicine rotation
    • We are one of few programs nationally with a dedicated rural emergency medicine rotation integrated into our curriculum. This experience gives our residents a unique perspective into the practice of emergency medicine in a rural setting.
  • Medical toxicology rotation
    • Few institutions have a dedicated team of physicians and learning rotation devoted to the care of toxicological patients. Your toxicology experience will help you understand the presentation and pathophysiology of a vast array of poisons and how to better care for these types of patients.
  • Training tomorrows leaders in emergency medicine
    • We have a long and proud tradition of training excellent emergency medicine physicians. Whether you become a community-based clinician, or pursue a career in academics, the learning experiences and skills that you will take away with you will prepare you for your chosen career path. Many of our graduates have attained leadership positions within their communities, institutions, and the house of emergency medicine.
  • A program that values resident development (personal and professional) and wellness
    • We invest in the personal and professional development of our residents; each resident is paired with a mentor to help guide them through the challenges that often accompany residency training. Wellness is one element to our program’s success. Bear witness to the smiles on the residents’ faces during your interview day! As an example of our wellness activities, our residents participate in an annual summer retreat on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, and take to the slopes of northern Michigan for a winter retreat immediately following the in-service training exam.

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.

Ready to Apply?

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

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