Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Spectrum Health and Emergency Care Specialists - Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Spectrum Health and Emergency Care Specialists are excited to announce the opening of a one-year emergency ultrasound fellowship in July 2017. Our emergency medicine residency is a post-graduate PGY-1 to PGY-3 program with 27 residents that started in 1977.

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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, which have a combined annual volume of 150,000 patients.

Our PGY-1 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 a Top 15 Health System (Truven Health, 2014). Our health system is rapidly expanding and includes services such as heart, lung, and bone marrow transplant programs. Our health care community is anchored by its relationships with Van Andel Research Institute, 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


Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

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.

Spectrum Health/MSU Emergency Medicine Residency

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. 

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

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.

Grand Valley State University Physician Assistant Program

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 Scribe Academy

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.

Central Michigan University

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

Western Michigan University

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