Applications and the following documents are accepted only through ERAS

We require:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • MD Applicants: Should have scores of 205 or higher on both step 1 and step 2 of the USMLE
  • DO Applicants: Should have scores of 550 of higher on both COMLEX 1 and 2
  • Must pass the CS exam on the first attempt.
  • Recent US clinical experience
  • Recent medical school graduate (within the last 3 years).
  • Our institution will sponsor J1 visas only.
  • Step 2 exam results are encouraged, but not required prior to your interview.  Results for Step 2 CK
    and Step 2 CS exam must be available to be considered for ranking.

Program Coordinators 616-267-0073 616-267-0075 616-267-0417

Salary and Benefits

Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. Please visit our Salary and Benefits page to learn more.

Interview Day

Our residents plan an informal dinner (dress is casual) the evening prior to interview dates.  Spouses or significant others are welcome to attend the dinner as well.  Candidates staying at the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids hotel will meet residents in the hotel lobby and be transported to dinner.  Specific details about dinner will be emailed to Candidates by the Resident Dinner Host.

Our interview day schedule is as follows:

7:30am Shuttle pick up in front of Holiday Inn Downtown hotel lobby (if desiring transportation)
7:45am Meet Chiefs in HDVCH Lobby
8:00-9:00am Grand Rounds or Multi-Disciplinary Conference
9:00-9:20am Bathroom, [Light] Breakfast, Time with Chiefs
9:20-10:00am Program Director Presentation
10:00-10:15am Travel to Interview Location
10:15-10:35am Interview #1
10:40-11:00am Interview #2
11:05-11:25am Interview #3
11:30-11:45am Regroup
11:45-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:45pm Tour
1:50-2:00pm Wrap up (paperwork, time with Chiefs)
2:05pm Shuttle pick up to return to Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids


Candidates will interview with a Program Director or Associate Program Director, an Attending, and a current second or third year pediatric resident.

Visiting Learners

While here, students can expect to have a broad learning experience both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Fourth year students, from MSU or other medical schools, also have ample opportunity to further their education and skills in pediatrics.  Opportunities are available for sub-internships on the pediatric ward, PICU, and NICU as well as for elective experiences in a wide-array of pediatric subspecialties, including pediatric endocrinology, pediatric neurology, and pediatric pulmonology.  In addition, we are happy to work with any medical student to develop an individualized curriculum that best suits their interest in pediatrics.

Our pediatric residency also aims to support interests in pediatrics from a broader perspective.  We provide discussions over dinner through the MSU Pediatric Interest Group about pediatric practice and lifestyle.  Our members also serve on the House Staff Council, which is currently working with medical student-resident relations and teaching opportunities.

All visiting rotations are organized through the Medical Education Scheduling office. Please visit the Spectrum Health Visiting Learners page for more information and to begin the application process.

Grand Rapids is a great place to live and learn!  Our emphasis is on working together and learning from each other and even our patients, the kids.  Come see what medical education was meant to be!!!

Resident Comments

“A wonderful combination of ‘community’ and ‘university’-we see a tremendous amount of pathology, but also great ‘bread and butter’ pediatrics. I think this program provides excellent preparation for general peds and for fellowships.”

“High quality education-grads did well on Boards and were able to get highly-competitive fellowships.”

“Reasonable expectations and understanding that family is important. I had no difficulties starting my family; in fact, everyone was very supportive.”

“Just large enough to have a variety of subspecialties and just small enough that you never get overlooked or lost in a sea of residents. Where else can you call your attendings by their first names?!”

“Attendings who are approachable and eager to teach-even in the wee hours of the morning.”

“Very thorough education combined with a non-threatening, friendly environment.”

“Kind residents who are truly happy-residents staff admissions with interns and help teach and quickly assist with any on-call questions.”

“Call schedule is manageable. We try to have 2 weekends off/month.”

“A great town-not a big city but not a small town. Excellent opportunities for work for spouses and a great place to raise kids.”

“Awesome relationships with attendings-very personal, friendly, rewarding.”

“Very thorough education combined with a non-threatening, friendly environment.”

“HDVCH is a full-service peds hospital with every opportunity for specialist training.”

“I came to HDVCH from California simply for the education. During my interview process, I was so impressed with the hospital, clinics, and attention from attendings. It was obvious the program was organized and geared toward education.”

“Our hospital serves a large community and has affiliation with MSU. It offers all the subspecialties which allows our residents to practice and participate in a wide variety of medicine while still receiving close support and teaching from attendings.”

“Program offers classes on loan repayment, contracts, and the business side of medicine, too!”

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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