Emergency Care Specialists - Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Emergency Care Specialists, PC sponsors a one-year emergency ultrasound fellowship. Spectrum Health and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are the primary site for fellow training. Spectrum Health, in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has 32 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs, including the emergency medicine residency program. The program started in 1977 and averages 27 residents, PGY1 to PGY3.

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The fellow’s clinical shifts will be scheduled at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital level one adult and pediatric trauma centers, with a combined annual volume of 150,000 patients.

Our PGY-1 emergency medicine residents have a dedicated ultrasound curriculum covering core ultrasound applications through monthly didactic sessions. In PGY-2, residents perform two two-week dedicated ultrasound rotations.

Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson Health™. Spectrum Health is a leader in services, including heart, lung and bone marrow transplant programs. Our health care community is anchored by its relationships with Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health Cancer Center at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and Michigan State University  College of Human Medicine, which are built adjacent to Spectrum Health Medical Center on Michigan Street, known locally as the “Medical Mile.”

Grand Rapids is an amazing community! It has been recognized as the No. 1 city in the U.S. to raise a family (Forbes Magazine, 2012) and the No. 1 city to visit (Lonely Planet, 2014). For craft beer aficionados, it was also recognized as Beer City USA (2012, 2013—2014 vote pending).

Grand Rapids also gained national recognition for ArtPrize, the city’s art competition. It is Michigan’s second largest city, with more than 65,000 college graduate students (Nursing, PA, OT, PT, NP, Law, MBA, MFA, etc.). The area has an abundance of recreational opportunities for a mid-sized city, is located 45 minutes from Lake Michigan, and is just a three-hour drive to Chicago and Detroit.
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ECS offers an excellent compensation and benefits package!

We look forward to sharing our amazing city and passion for ultrasound and medical education with you.

Matt Flannigan, DO, RDMS
Ultrasound Program Director
Assistant Professor/Core Faculty
GRMEP/MSU-Grand Rapids Emergency Medicine Residency or


Emergency Care Specialists - Observation Medicine Fellowship

Emergency Care Specialists, P.C. are excited to offer a one-year, non-ACGME accredited, observation medicine fellowship. Applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year for ABEM or AOBEM board-certified or board-eligible emergency medicine physicians.

Emergency Care Specialists, P.C., is a physician-owned, independent group of emergency medicine providers with over 250 physicians and advanced practice providers.  ECS is built on a culture of service, and has demonstrated continual growth and expertise across the continuum of acute care for over 35  years. ECS staffs nine Spectrum Health emergency departments, with a combined volume of more than 350,000 annual visits.

Spectrum Health is a national leader in health care. Named six times by Truven Health Analytics© as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, our mission is to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is a tertiary referral center and located in downtown Grand Rapids. Butterworth Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center with more than 110,000 emergency department visits annually.  Butterworth Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. In addition, Butterworth Hospital has a 25-bed dedicated observation unit. The observation unit has been operating for over 14 years, has an average census of 500-600 visits per month and has an average length of stay less than 17 hours.

A fellowship in observation medicine prepares emergency physicians to lead clinical care, quality improvement and clinical operations outside of the emergency phase of care. The specialty of observation medicine is growing as a solution to improve patient throughput and provide efficient use of health care resources by developing effective patient flow processes and evidence-based clinical protocols. Physicians who complete an observation medicine fellowship will be well prepared for both clinical and administrative leadership.

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan. It has been recognized as the No.1 city in the U.S. to raise a family (Forbes Magazine, 2012) and the No. 1 city to visit (Lonely Planet, 2014). The New York Times recognized Grand Rapids in their “52 Places to Go in 2016” list. Grand Rapids is a city with endless experiences for people of every age, including outdoor activities for every season, arts and culture venues, parks and museums, an array of eateries and more than 37 breweries can be found in the city. For more information, visit

ECS offers compensation packages based on nationally competitive rates.

Interested Candidates Contact:

Steffen D. Genthe, MD
Observation Fellowship
Program Director
4100 Embassy Drive SE Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
P 616-988-8220 C 616-340-6923

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is a three year program for pediatrics-trained residents, and a two year program for emergency medicine-trained residents. We accept one fellow annually. Fellows train at the state of the art pediatric emergency department inside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency was established in 1977 and is one of the oldest emergency residency programs in the United States. We follow a PGY one to three format, accepting ten residents annually. Our residents train at two primary locations, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 

Medical students of all levels and interests are exposed to patient care in the Spectrum Health Emergency Departments staffed by ECS physicians. The innovative CHM curriculum allows first and second year medical students to have early experiences in the ED, one of the most highly rated rotations by students. Fourth year clinical electives give advanced students opportunities to receive in- depth education about patients with acute, unscheduled care needs.

ECS physicians participate in medical student procedure labs, EM interest group meetings, didactic lectures, and a variety of other clinical experiences. ECS also supports dedicated clinical teaching shifts for CHM students, allowing them hands- on learning with experienced Emergency Physicians in a small group setting.

The close relationship between Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and ECS helps train future healthcare providers for work within the Spectrum Health System and surrounding communities.

Medical Direction for the GVSU Physician Assistant Studies program has been provided by an ECS physician for the past five years. This role assists in curriculum development, clinical experiences, and student mentoring.

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Undergraduate students interested in graduate medical education as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other health-related careers often have their first exposure to clinical medicine through the GVSU Scribe Academy. GVSU’s Scribe Academy is the training center for ECS’s wholly-owned Helix Scribe Solutions subsidiary, and provides best-in-class education for future scribes.

Last year’s departing class of Helix Scribes included six scribes going to Medical School and two to Physician Assistant programs. ECS has recently hired the first Physician Assistant who started their medical career as a Helix Scribe.

CMU Physician Assistant students rotate through our departments and receive education from our Advanced Practice Providers.

WMU Physician Assistant students rotate through our departments and receive education from our Advanced Practice Providers.