Spectrum Health / Emergency Care Specialists

Fellowship Program

Length of Fellowship:

1 year. Our program has been accredited by the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC) for three years (12/2020 - 11/2022; maximum length allowed).


$130,000+ total compensation (salary, benefits, educational stipend, 401K).

Additional moonlighting is available at Spectrum Health's regional emergency departments or Aeromed (up to 27 additional hours per month), if making expected progress on fellowship expectations.

Additional Funds

$5,000 educational stipend

Number of Clinical Hours:

800 hours per year

Other Duties

- 16 - 24 hours per week clinical shifts
- 12 - 14 hours per week ultrasound scanning shifts / didactic time
- 12 - 14 hours per week ultrasound research, independent studying, quality assurance / administrative work

Number of Sites

Fellowship Sites- Spectrum Health Butterworth and Helen DeVos Children's Hospitals.

Clinical sites- Spectrum Health- Butterworth (~6 shifts / month) and Spectrum Health- United, Zeeland, Blodgett (~2 shifts / month)

Fellows will assist the fellowship director and fellowship faculty with performing telemedicine quality assurance review for nine additional smaller community hospitals within the Spectrum Health system.

Number of Positions per year:

1 - 2

Additional Opportunities

Point of care ultrasound has become a tremendous asset in the developing world. In a resource poor environment, portable ultrasound equipment is often the most useful diagnostic modality available.

Fellows are encouraged, but not required, to pursue an international medical humanitarian trip during your fellowship. The fellowship’s faculty have previously participated in medical humanitarian trips to Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras.

Educational Experience

One of the most important aspects of an ultrasound fellowship is becoming an outstanding educator. Dr. Flannigan and Dr. McNinch have both received "Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards" for their dedication to resident education.

Fellows will have an opportunity to gain substantial lecture experience locally with emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine residents, medical students, and pediatric critical care fellows.

Regionally, fellows will be able to lecture for CME Courses setup through Emergency Care Specialists.

Additional teaching opportunities maybe available through the nationally recognized "The Emergency Ultrasound Course". These courses provide a wonderful opportunity for professional networking. www.emergencyultrasound.com

Image Review

All our machines are connected to QPath to facilitate digital image archiving and quality assurance review. QPath is an internet-based product that can be accessed both at the hospital and remotely.



Deadline for fellowship application:

Late September

Fellows chosen:

Mid November in accordance with EUS Fellowship Directors agreement.