Family Medicine

Program Focus

The Family Medicine Residency program is 3 year program with 10 positions per year.

First Year

This year has the most inpatient experience. Most rotations are at Mercy Health Grand Rapids. One Obstetrics rotation is at Spectrum Health, Butterworth Campus. The Pediatrics rotations are at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

PGY 1 Rotations

  • Orientation – FMS Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service Mercy Health – 16 weeks
  • Family Medicine Night Float Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Community Medicine Outpatient – 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital – 8 weeks
  • Obstetrics Mercy Health and Spectrum Health Butterworth  – 8 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • General Surgery Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care Family Medicine Center – 1 half day per week

The Family Medicine Service provides the opportunity to work with many community physicians. Interns typically manage 6-8 patients each day during their time on the Family Medicine Service.

Family Medicine call is typically 1 in 4-5 days, with a night-float system in place on the Family Medicine Service. Night float coverage begins Sunday evening and ends Friday morning. Family Medicine call is taken during the months on the Family Medicine Service, Community Medicine, and Emergency Medicine. Call on other rotations depends on the individual service.

One half-day per week is spent in the Family Medicine Center (FMC), typically seeing 4-6 patients. Faculty and community physicians provide preceptorship on a rotating basis.

Second Year

This year begins the transition from inpatient to outpatient medicine. Residents spend more time in the Family Health Center and with ambulatory services such as Orthopedics, Gynecology and Cardiology.

PGY 2 Rotations

  • Family Medicine Service Mercy Health  – 12 weeks
  • Family Medicine Night Float Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Center (full time) – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Orthopedics Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Gynecology Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Cardiology Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Obstetrics Mercy Health – 4 weeks
  • Outpatient Pediatrics Helen DeVos Children’s and Mercy Health Underserved Health Private Offices – 4 weeks
  • Electives Private Offices – 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care Family Medicine Center – 3 half days per week

Two longitudinal rotations begin in the second year, and continue until the completion of the residency program. Residents spend one afternoon per month providing care for geriatric patients at an assisted living/nursing facility. Residents also spend time in our FHC OB Clinic during their second and third year on a longitudinal basis.

Residents take a more supervisory role on the Family Medicine Service, supervising the interns and assisting with the education of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year medical students rotating on the service. Call responsibilities vary per rotation.  There is a PG2 night float rotation for the Family Medicine Service. Additionally, weekend overnight call is taken on Gynecology, Cardiology and Outpatient Pediatrics.

Residents interested in expanding their OB experience can choose to use their elective month to do an additional obstetrics rotation, although there are many electives available.

Time in the FMC is increased to 3 half-days per week, typically seeing 6-8 patients per half-day.

Third Year

This year has the most ambulatory experience, as well as the opportunity to assume various leadership roles within the program. Every PG3 is expected to take on a leadership role, whether it be a chief role, such as FMS, FMC, Administrative or a Liaison role such Recruitment, OB, Community Outreach.

PGY 3 Rotations

  • Family Medicine Service Mercy Health – 4-6 weeks
  • Community Preceptorship Private Offices – 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Center (full time) – 4 weeks
  • Dermatology Private Offices – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Helen DeVos Children’s – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Subspecialties Outpatient – 4 weeks
  • Electives Private Offices – 14-16 weeks
  • Sub-Specialty Longitudinal (Urology, Otolaryngology, Neurology and Ophthalomology) – 8 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care Family Medicine Center – 5 half days per week

Each third year resident spends 4-6 weeks as Chief of the Family Medicine Service. Chief responsibilities include coordinating educational sessions for the team, supervision of the medical students, and distribution of patient-care responsibilities to team members.

Call during the third year is taken from home, and the resident on call is responsible for the Family Medicine Center (FMC) resident patients. Duties may include hospital admissions after hours, managing hospitalized FMC patients, triage of FMC obstetric patients, and answering emergency after-hours phone calls from FMC patients.  Time in the FMC is increased to 5 half-days per week, seeing 10-12 patients per half day.


Each Tuesday morning is set aside for lectures. Residents are excused from their rotations during this time every week. Topics covered in these sessions are from various categories including (but not limited to):

  • Behavioral Science
  • Dermatology
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Practice Management
  • Procedures
  • Sports Medicine
  • Women’s Health

Scholarly Activity

The Scholarly Activity curriculum is a 3 year longitudinal experience. The curriculum includes a didactic lecture series, dedicated research time during specific rotations in your PG2 and PG3 years, and a set number of scholarly activity points throughout the 3 years.

The Mercy Health Grand Rapids Research Department provides support to residents and faculty in all areas of research and scholarly activity (e.g., quality, educational, surveys).

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