Emergency Medicine

Clinical Environment

  • More than 7,600 inpatient admissions annually
  • Low acuity Fast Track covered by physician extenders – allows residents to see more critical cases
  • 63 adult beds
  • 20 observation beds/Chest Pain Center
  • De Vos Children’s Hospital: 20 pediatric beds plus clinical decision unit/observation unit
  • Level 1 Trauma/Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Nearly 200 pediatric physicians in more than 50 pediatric specialties and programs
  • In-department CT and radiology, MRI available 24 hours/day
  • Social workers and translators in the department 24 hours/day

Program Focus

We are a 3 year program with a total of 27 residents. Each year we match with 9 new residents. Rotation Summary: 39 4-week blocks over 3 years, 13 4-week blocks per year

Emergency Medicine – 7.5 blocks
Anesthesia – 1 block
Cardiology – 1 block
MICU – 1 block
OB – .5 blocks
Orthopedics – 1 block
Trauma – 1 block

Emergency Medicine – 7 blocks
Rural Emergency Medicine – 1 block
SICU – 2 blocks
Toxicology – 1 block
Trauma – 1 block
Ultrasound – 1 block

Emergency Medicine – 8 blocks
Academics – 1 block
Elective – 2 blocks
PICU – 1 block
Community – 1 block



  • Monthly interactive sessions
    • Ultrasound (PGY-1)
    • Research (PGY-2)
    • EMS/Career Planning (PGY-3)
  • Team-based learning reading program
  • Monthly offsite journal club
  • Regular procedure and simulation labs
  • Monthly EKG and Radiology Club
  • Monthly Morbidity and Mortality review


Research support is available to you in the level of your interest. We have a specific faculty member dedicated to coordinating and assist you. The GRMEP Research department and the VanAndel Institute provide world-class research and support.

During your PGY 2 year, we provide an educational track that exposes you to research and fulfills the program and ACGME requirements. The PGY2 class gathers one hour each month during the last hour of our Thursday conference for a “year-specific breakout session”. These sessions serve to provide focused education to each class in following topic areas (Ultrasound- PGY1, Research Fundamentals- PGY2, and EMS/Administration- PGY3).

Research is the theme of our second year-specific didactic sessions. During monthly class meetings, Dr. Jeff Jones and Dr. Mike Brown cover various key research elements. The first half of the year focuses on learning the “tools” of research. During this time, each resident puts together an interesting case report along with a faculty mentor. These case reports are presented at a local research meeting each spring. A few reports each year are presented at national conferences.

An original clinical or bench research project is occasionally performed, but always encouraged for those eager research-oriented residents. The Emergency Medicine Department has a strong clinical research program which has been in place for over 25 years with a goal to improve emergency care by creating an environment of inquiry and scholarship. During the past 12 months, EM faculty, residents and students have presented over 50 different research projects nationally and internationally.

Most residents focus their efforts to learn the skill sets needed for using the biomedical literature to answer clinical questions and hone evidence based medicine critical analysis.  These skills are applied in the second half of the year by formulating a clinical question that has not been answered clearly in the medical literature. The best evidence about this question is critically appraised and a brief summary of the analysis is written that often results in a published original review.

Examples include:

The GRMEP Research Department provides support to residents and faculty in all areas of research and scholarly activity (e.g., quality, educational, surveys).  To access more details, including templates (e.g., study protocol, poster), help request forms and other contact information, visit GRMEP Research.

Ultrasound Fellowship Program

  • 1-2 Fellows per year
  • 100+ physicians credentialed in ultrasound
  • Assist with teaching robust PGY 1-3 curriculum and attending CME Courses
  • Zonare ultrasound machines with QPath
  • Breakthrough ultrasound documentation and billing process entirely completed on the machine
  • Check out http://www.eusfellowships.com/prog_main.php?id=108 for more information