University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
I chose GRMEP for my training because of the close-knit atmosphere of the program and the awesome people that I met during my interview day. The residents seemed very happy and had a great relationship with the faculty. Training in a high volume, level I trauma center (adult and peds) with a longitudinal pediatric EM opportunity was important to me as well. I also loved Grand Rapids as a city. Lake Michigan is fantastic and there are a ton of fun things to do from outdoor activities to breweries. Being from Minnesota, I felt right at home.
I love being outside - hunting, fishing, camping, and being on the lake. I also love watching and playing sports (especially basketball and softball), running, learning to cook, and trying new restaurants. I am and will always be a diehard Minnesota sports fan.
EMS, Ultrasound, Critical Care, Peds EM
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
I chose Grand Rapids because the faculty and residents are so welcoming and create an amazing, supportive environment to train in. GRMEP has everything I need to be happy during my residency training: great relationships among residents, receptive faculty, and strong, team-based didactics in a place that I love. I love the city of Grand Rapids, proximity to my family, great food and beer, and the general feel of the city. The residents and faculty make GRMEP feel like home.
Yoga, running, eating great food, going up north, going to the lake, skiing and snowboarding.
Northern Arizona University
I'm interested in exploring education and rural medicine, but still mainly undecided.
University of Virginia
When I was looking for a residency program, I wanted to a place with a solid didactic curriculum, extensive hands-on learning, a fun city and area in which to spend my free time, and most important a program with coworkers I could consider family. From the team-based learning didactics to friendly faculty and residents, GRMEP/MSU had it all. I'm excited to live in the beautiful western Michigan, explore Grand Rapids and the lake, and learn the art of Emegency Medicine from the amazing people at Spectrum and Helen DeVos.
In my free time I love to stay active, play rec-league ice hockey and enjoy the outdoors doing everything from hiking and swimming to rock climbing. When there's snow, you'll find me on the mountain snowboarding or skiing. Hopefully I'll even pick up some new sports while living in Western Michigan.
Medical Education & Simulation, EMS, wilderness medicine, ultrasound, palliative care, ICAM
Lewis and Clark College
Great people, great city and close to family.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Family. Soccer. Brew beer. Soccer. Bike. Soccer. Swim. Soccer. Enjoy life.
Kent State University
I admired the interactions with the residents and faculty. Everyone was friendly, welcoming, got along together really well. I was drawn by the high volume and high acuity, together with the emphasize on education both in and out of clinical hours. I also loved Grand Rapids itself.
Travel, read, exercise (preferably some type of dance or competition), learning new things.
University of Notre Dame
Emergency Medicine at GRMEP is a program with a great history for developing well-rounded EM Physicians. The resident education and training is highly tailored toward obtaining focused training in both adult and pediatric EM. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the faculty and residents, which was the biggest factor in my decision to come to Grand Rapids. I also found the city exactly what I was looking for: a small town feel but with the benefits of a big city.
Notre Dame, cycling, triathlons, hiking, running, yoga, baking, eating at local restaurants, thimble collecting
Sports Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound
University of Michigan
I am originally from western Michigan so I chose to do an away rotation in Grand Rapids to get a look at the program. While the academics and training facilities were great, it was really the people that made me want to come back for residency.
Spending time outdoors with my dogs, hiking, playing any sport, and reading books/comics.
I have an interest in pre-hospital medicine.
I was very impressed with GRMEP program during the interview and subsequent visits to Grand Rapids. The faulty and residents are very knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. I could tell that they all enjoy their jobs and serving patients.
Hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, and running.
I am interested in rural medicine as well as clinical education.
University of Michigan
Since I left Grand Rapids over 8 years ago, the city and the population have grown immensely. With that came a surge in healthcare infrastructure and an increase in the diversity of the patient population. With a high ED volume, a strong academic drive, and a premiere healthcare system in a medium-sized city, I was drawn back home. I have pride for the city I grew up in and for what it is today, and I am excited to learn and practice in this type of ED environment. Furthermore, Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with a rich food and beer culture, excellent sports teams, and a family-friendly attitude. Speaking of sports teams, 4 Red Wings players visited Devos Chidren's Hospital while on my away elective there. Besides being star-struck, I was hooked.
I enjoy ice hockey, weight lifting, football, baseball; essentially, any and all sports. I love hiking, fishing, and camping as well. I also have developed a skill for automotive repair and hope to build a car from scratch someday. My ultimate passion in life, however, is my family. I have two sons and a beautiful wife.
Grand Rapids, MI
Possibly critical care or pediatrics. I'm still undecided.
I chose GRMEP because it's a great program in one of my favorite cities in the US. They are practicing the forefront of emergency medicine on a large and diverse patient population. The faculty and the residents here were also very welcoming.
I like running, playing guitar, hiking, craft beer, and the occasional Netflix binge.
Palos Park, IL
I'm interested in International Medicine and Global Health. I'm passionate about developing systems of sustainable healthcare delivery and disaster response.
Central Michigan University
I was really attracted to the vibe of the program. They're focused on academics, but there isn't that big university feel to it. Great volume, great patient mix, and faculty have been awesome. We have a bunch of shiny toys at our disposal, and we're not overrun with patients (usually!). I fell in love with Grand Rapids during my last two years of medical school. Good sized city with great food and beer, nice cultural mix surrounded by tons of outdoor opportunities. And you can't beat Lake Michigan during the summer.
Bay City, MI
Traveling, mountain biking, anything with a ball. I just bought a dog, he's pretty cool too.
Michigan State University
Program has amazing residents and faculty. Grand Rapids is a great city to live in!
Traveling, hiking, being on the water, running, camping in the woods, skiing
Gustavus Adolphus College
I chose Grand Rapids because of the strong EM program, great environment and outstanding people.
My favorite activities include cycling, hockey and skiing. It's also fun to explore the local restaurants and coffee shops.
International Medicine, Ultrasound, Administration
Ferris State University
I chose Grand Rapids for a variety of reasons. The high volume and acuity of the adult ED provides fabulous opportunities. Helen Devos Children's Hospital provides a pediatric experience that few places in the country can match. Most importantly the other residents and faculty are supportive and great people to hang out with both in and out of the hospital. I was also born and raised in Grand Rapids so staying here was a perfect fit.
Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife, Mary, of three years. We own a house in Walker and I occupy my time with random house projects. Every year I look forward to the Detroit Lions Super Bowl run along with Michigan State sports and the rest of the Detroit sports teams.
Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Toxicology, Pharmacology.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
I chose Grand Rapids because I loved that it was a well established Emergency Medicine program with a strong focus on resident education. Everyone I met on my interview day was welcoming and happy and made me want to be a part of the program!
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Wood River IL
Crossfit, Olympic style weightlifting, cooking/eating, cheering on the Greenbay Packers
The emergency is the 7th oldest in the country with an incredible reputation. All of the physicians are eager to teach and you can tell that the residents are well prepared for their careers.
I enjoy cycling, playing guitar, traveling, and trying new restaurants and breweries.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
I have an interest in Emergency Ultrasound.
I am from Grand Rapids and know what this city has to offer. 15-20 years ago Grand Rapids was an aging furniture city, and I never went downtown. We have many generous philanthropists in the area (Van Andel, Meijer, Secchia) who have invested in the city. Grand Rapids is now a hopping city. It is Beer City USA! There are so many great restaurants, I don't know the last time I went to a chain restaurant. There is so much to do in the city, and the beautiful lake shore is only 35 minutes from the hospital. Traffic is essentially non existent, I grew up in the country with my closest neighbor a half mile away, and it only took 15 minutes to get to the hospital. Most importantly I choose to do residency here because of how great of an organization Spectrum Health is. Their facilities are top notch. Every interview I went on I was always comparing everything back to my home institution; and I realized how nice I had it as a medical student. The catchment area is basically west of Lansing and almost the entire lake shore. I chose spectrum for the breadth of pathology that you see on a daily basis. Liver transplant patients are probably the only patients that we would transfer to UofM, because we do not do that (yet?) To summarize: great location, great facilities, great acuity (level 1 trauma center), great teachers, great variety of patients, great place to learn emergency medicine
Basketball, golf, tennis, volleyball, biking
Emergency Medicine, Sports Injuries and Ultrasound
University of Kentucky
I chose Grand Rapids because of the great history of the program, being one of the older more established programs in the country it has a great track record of training very competent EM physicians. I was also very impressed with the facilities and great diversity of the attending faculty that you are fortunate to train under. Finally I chose Grand Rapids due to the natural beauty of the area. It has great access to outdoor activities and lake Michigan.
In my spare time I like cycling, both road and mountain, camping, cooking, checking out new food spots and staying active.
Brigham Young University
I liked the residents and faculty when I interviewed. Established program with high acuity/volume ED.
Moses Lake, Washington
Hang out with my wife and daughter, play basketball, read, ski, mountain bike, run
Grand Rapids is a great place to live and the program here is amazing. The hospital is busy which provides a lot of opportunities for education. The residents and faculty are down-to-earth people and work hard to make maintain balance between education and efficiency in the department.
Music, technology, computers, basketball, soccer, running
Emergency Medicine, Rural Medicine
Northern Michigan University
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
I chose Grand Rapids for the patient acuity and volume as well as the pediatric experience through the children's hospital. This is a family friendly community and residency program. I also enjoy the many great restaurants and watering holes in the Grand Rapids area.
Grand Rapids, MI
I enjoy time with my family, running, biking, hiking, fly fishing, sailing, home improvement projects and brewing beer.
San Jose State University
I chose Grand Rapids because I had such a great experience living here during med school. There is great food scene here, gorgeous beaches within close driving distance, and the cost of living is so reasonable. This is an easy, fun city to live in. Also the program is made up of a wonderful group of residents and faculty that make going to work everyday awesome!
San Jose, CA
Gardening, cooking, restaurants, wine, concerts/festivals, cycling, hot yoga
I chose Grand Rapids EM program because of the faculty and staff. They take time to teach and develop personal relationships with the residents. In Grand Rapids there is also very high volumes and patients with high acuity. I also appreciated the opportunity for rural EM options.
I enjoy spending time with my family. Grand Rapids has many great facilities for family events. I also enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and camping.
I would like to return to Montana to practice in a community hospital.
Oklahoma Baptist University
The EM program at GRMEP is a well-established residency that works in a high-volume downtown ED. It does a great job of combining the feel of a large, academic institution with elements of a private, community hospital. The biggest factor influencing my decision were the residents themselves. My co-residents are hardworking, selfless, and hilarious. It's hard to imagine having a better group of coworkers anywhere.
I like to collect vinyl records, repair and restore furniture (especially mid-century modern), and have started to dabble in the kitchen a little bit. I also enjoy working on my american foursquare house.
The emergency medicine program is top-notch! Their strong didactics, sense of community, and knowledgeable faculty set them apart. I felt I could relate to the residents here and the community here while getting a well-rounded education.
Great training, great outdoor activities
University of Michigan
I loved the enthusiastic and friendly faculty and got along well with the other residents in the program.
North Muskegon, MI
Play guitar, read, follow UofM football
Portland State University
Quality and Safety
US Navy Nuclear Power School
Butterworth is one of the original emergency medicine programs, with a long tradition of excellence.
Outdoor adventures with my wife and kids
Grand Rapids has a lot to offer as a city. It has a vibrant downtown with great restaurants and entertainment. It is close to Lake Michigan and easily within driving distance to cities like Detroit, Traverse City and Chicago. Training at GRMEP offers the resources of a major academic medical center with a community hospital feel. The staff are friendly and approachable. There are specialists available for almost every medical issue. As residents, we are exposed to a wide variety of medical problems, and I am confident that I will leave this residency prepared for my future career in Emergency Medicine.
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