Internal Medicine

Welcome from the Program Director

We want you to be a competent physician who is prepared for your future!  Our mission at Mercy Health Grand Rapids/Michigan State University Internal Medicine Residency Program, is to train physicians who are clinically competent to practice primary care, hospital medicine or want to pursue subspecialty training.

We have been training residents in Internal Medicine for over 60 years! The faculty provide excellent academic training in a collegial atmosphere.  Our graduates will have the knowledge and personal attributes to excel in patient care. Resident growth and independence are promoted with supervision by core faculty, with an average of 15 years of teaching experience. Rotations are designed to offer residents an opportunity to match their own career goals.  Rotations are primarily at Mercy Health St. Mary’s, with rotations in Critical Care and Inpatient Cardiology at Spectrum Health Butterworth.

Mercy Health St. Mary’s serves a region of over 1 million people, and has a core of over 120 primary care physicians, to provide the patient base for teaching and patient care. The hospital serves a diverse patient population, and has multiple outreach clinics to the underserved. Through our affiliation with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, there are opportunities to teach medical students on every inpatient service.

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan with a diverse economic base. Grand Rapids is safe, affordable and vibrant with many opportunities to experience the arts, sports and cultural events.

We are excited that you are interested in our program, so please continue reading to learn more of why you should train here!

Mark Spoolstra, M.D.

Internal Medicine Program Director

Program Overview

  • Our hospital has state of the art facilities and is a referral hospital for multiple affiliated hospitals. In addition to the hospital’s large primary care base, we have a significant commitment to the underserved and support clinics that serve the homeless, Spanish speaking community, underserved and those infected with the HIV.
  • Our Program Director, Mark Spoolstra, MD, has over 20 years of residency administration experience and is supported by faculty with a commitment to resident education and wellness.
  • Our residency has hospitalists and intensivists in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to support the education of our residents. This faculty availability allows resident independence with physician oversight to promote education instead of service.
  • Our program size offers the opportunity for camaraderie with faculty and staff.  We are all committed to our residents’ success!
  • Our curriculum is flexible, allowing residents to focus on a path in ambulatory care, hospital medicine or subspecialty medicine.

Program Highlights

  • Our core faculty practices both inpatient and outpatient medicine, and are uniquely able to teach residents in both settings as well as model transition medicine.
  • Our faculty is committed to developing a long term teaching relationship with each resident.
  • We are committed to your well-being, so no shift is scheduled more than 13 hours, and duty hours are carefully monitored.
  • Our inpatient services are adjusted to meet the educational need of each learner, with hospitalist faculty available to care for any additional patients.
  • Our community medicine elective teaches cultural and racial health care disparities with the opportunity to provide care for the underserved patient populations in the community.
  • Residents are able to choose a hospital committee to help guide our hospital in quality and safety initiatives.
  • We emphasize caring for the patient as a whole, with services including acupuncture, massage therapy and music therapy available for inpatients and outpatients.
  • Comments from residents who have rotated on our Internal Medicine inpatient and outpatient rotations in the past year:
    • “They make you feel welcome and be part of the team, and truly give you the chance to grow as a physician and adapt clinical acumen”
    • “The attendings and residents encouraged independence, but were always available for questions and concerns. The senior residents in particular did an amazing job facilitating the transition from med school to intern year…it is thanks to them that I had such an amazing experience this month”
    • “There was a diverse array of patient pathology and there was excellent teaching from the attending”
    • “Great experience. Enjoyed feeling autonomous”

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

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