General Surgery

The Grand Rapids / Michigan State University general surgery residency is a five year accredited, non-pyramidal program committed to the development of skilled and competent surgeons, fully prepared to pursue academic faculty positions, enter general practice, or obtain competitive fellowship training positions in surgical sub-specialties.

This unique program offers residents a diverse range of surgical experiences ranging from the large volume of complex tertiary center referrals to the broad spectrum of community-based private practice. Clinical rotations occur at both Butterworth and Blodgett campuses of Spectrum Health and the Saint Mary's Health Care, state of the art facilities that serve as the largest clinical campus of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. As clinical instructors in surgery to medical students, residents gain valuable experience in their development as surgical educators. In addition, residents are provided research exposure at the Van Andel Institute, a world-class facility dedicated primarily to genetic and molecular cancer research.

The combination of these exceptional components within a humane and supportive work environment where education is given the highest priority, make the Grand Rapids / Michigan State University program one of the best opportunities available for general surgery residency training.

The Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners / Michigan State University general surgery program provides residents a diverse surgical experience while rotating at the following institutions:

  • The Spectrum Health Butterworth campus, located near downtown Grand Rapids, is a tertiary care facility with 650 beds and draws patients from a large region of over one million people. It includes Butterworth Hospital, the DeVos Children's Hospital, Meijer Heart Center, and Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion providing a full continuum of elective and acute patient care for adults and pediatrics in all specialties. Services include a Level I trauma center with air transport (AeroMed).
  • The opening of the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on 1-11-11 marks a new era of children's health care in West Michigan and represents more than four decades of steady progress in improving pediatric care and bringing pediatric specialists to the region. There are nearly 200 pediatric physicians in more than 40 pediatric specialties.
  • Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a long tradition of providing high quality and compassionate, personalized medical care. Since 1846, Blodgett Hospital has earned a reputation for excellence as a community and teaching hospital. We provide patient-focused inpatient and outpatient services for medical, surgical and specialty care.
  • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is an integrated network of health care excellence. Their commitment to offer the latest technology and skilled physicians in a holistic, patient-centered environment has made them a progressive leader in cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrine care, kidney transplants, and integrative health care. They blend these specialty services with  primary care offered through Advantage Health Physicians.