Welcome from the Chair
Neurology Residency at Hauenstein Neurosciences and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
I am pleased to welcome you to our residency program at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences, Grand Rapids, Michigan. We provide a unique opportunity for residency training that is anchored in a special institutional culture, philosophy of excellence, and commitment to our patients and community. Our mission is to provide a transforming and compassionate health care presence in the community, and our vision is to be a trusted health care partner for life. The general and subspecialty neuroscience programs at Hauenstein Neurosciences emphasize team work, comprehensive care, and community support and outreach. Thus, we strive to provide a bridge to a full continuum of patient-centered programs.
As the first comprehensive neuroscience center established in West Michigan, we are proud to be part of the legacy of Ralph Hauenstein, the namesake of our center and a great humanitarian and philanthropist. Mr. Hauenstein lived his life with reverence, integrity and by placing the community first. He helped to rebuild Europe after World War II, was an advisor to US Presidents, and through generous donations helped to build institutions of higher education and health care in West Michigan and beyond. We walk in Mr. Hauenstein’s path of greatness, and seek residency applicants with substantial human qualities and clinical acumen.
Our neurology residency is anchored by training opportunities in programs such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy care, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, general neurology, multiple sclerosis, neuro-critical care, neuro-diagnostics, neuro-hospitalist services, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-palliative care, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, sleep medicine, spine and back care, sports neurology, and vascular neurology. A hallmark of these programs is an award-winning faculty and national recognition achievements for high-quality, well- coordinated, and comprehensive health care. In addition, we have access to other training opportunities through a statewide educational initiative in the neurosciences.
Not only are we notable for regional neuroscience care in West Michigan and outreach to our surrounding communities, we also provide excellence in neuroscience research as a component of many of our specialty programs. Research offerings include opportunities for medical students and residents to work with us and present their findings under our supervision at national meetings. Explore our residency website to learn additional details about our faculty’s professional and research interests. These are exciting times in Grand Rapids as the Hauenstein Neurosciences program becomes the lead administrative program for an already established Grand Rapids neurology residency and now begins residency recruitment at Hauenstein Neurosciences and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for the fully accredited and approved residency program in neurology.
Philip B. Gorelick, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences
Professor, Translational Science and Molecular Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Program Director Introduction
It is with the warmest of welcomes that I introduce myself as the program director for the Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hauenstein Neurosciences Neurology residency. It is an honor to be chosen for this role and it is my goal to provide each and every resident with an excellent education as well as the attention and support they need through all the years of their residency.
I have been passionate about teaching for many years, demonstrating this in my roles as The Princeton Review instructor, undergraduate and medical school tutor, chief resident and chief fellow. I am currently a mentor for medical students, core faculty for the current neurology residents, and the director of neurology clerkships for medical students and residents.
Grand Rapids is a wonderful place to live and practice. It has all the benefits of a big city while maintaining a small town feel. I chose to practice at Mercy Health St. Mary’s because of the culture, community, support, and breadth of expertise that is second to none. The patients are kind, the community is caring and the people at Mercy Health are a pleasure to work with. I cannot describe in words how welcoming and supportive the environment is at our campus. We provide extraordinary care to patients with incredibly talented faculty who are just as dedicated to your education as they are to their patients.
It is also an honor to be led by someone of Dr. Gorelick’s caliber. He is a world renowned stroke and neurology expert with a breadth of research and clinical experience that is insurmountable. In addition, he is one of the most thoughtful, compassionate and confident leaders that you will meet, and he has been a valuable mentor to me. He has run numerous high class neurology residency programs and you may have already noticed by his welcome letter the confidence he has in our program and the commitment he has to your education.
I hope this message finds you well and I am excited to meet you all during our interview season!
Christopher E. Morgan, MD
Medical Director, Mercy Health St. Mary’s Sleep Center
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
The Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences Neurology Residency offers a fully-integrated clinical and didactic program that has been thoughtfully developed to offer the very best in neurology training. Our first class entered the program in July 2014. We pride ourselves on being a new, dynamic program that is continually evolving through the input of our residents. We have a very enthusiastic faculty, representing all areas of neurologic sub-specialty practice and with diverse backgrounds of training at some of the best neuroscience centers in the world. Our faculty are dedicated to offering an exceptional residency education, and we are truly excited to inspire the success of our next class of resident neurologists.
Goals & Philosophies
The Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences Neurology Residency offers a unique training opportunity, based on an institutional culture that is distinctly different. Our goal is to prepare our residents to be exceptional clinical neurologists, through clinical and didactic experiences led by our diverse team of general and fellowship-trained physicians. Our training philosophy is an outgrowth of our overall culture of clinical and research excellence, firmly based in an unwavering commitment to our patients and our community. This is further supported by the transformative institutional mission of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, and guided by the reverence, integrity and generous spirit of our namesake, Ralph Hauenstein.
Our program provides exceptional neurology training through a carefully-designed educational plan than focuses on a progressive increase in resident responsibility and autonomy over the course of an intensive 4-year experience, in accordance with the ACGME MILESTONES process. We encourage robust dialogue with our resident colleagues for the purpose of ensuring an environment that supports an ever-improving educational experience, patient safety, and resident well-being.
- Resident education is centered at the first comprehensive Neuroscience Center in West Michigan.
- Hauenstein Neurosciences offers fully-integrated inpatient and outpatient facilities at the same site, offering a unique opportunity for continuity of care and direct involvement in all facets of patient care.
- We are the largest neuroscience faculty in the community, with general and fellowship-trained experts in all areas of neurologic care.
- Our faculty has completed their training at a broad range of world-renowned institutions, prior to locating in West Michigan to be part of a unique blend of cultural integrity, clinical excellence and an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, evolving and innovative neuroscience program.
- Many members of our faculty maintain a high level of academic activity, including research and publication in their areas of expertise.
- Our institutional culture is singularly unique, with a focus on exceptional patient care, service to the community, and innovation through our philosophy of excellence.