Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

At Spectrum Health Lakeland, we pledge to take on the challenge to eliminate racism and its impacts on health, hope and lives, both within our organization and in the communities we serve.

Spectrum Health Lakeland is committed to creating a culture that is respectful, inclusive and positive. Our success is tied to our ability to attract and retain diverse and culturally intelligent residents. We value inclusiveness and equity of opportunities for all individuals. As a system we have many moving parts; each part is interconnected and is vital to the health and well-being of our organization. Working together we can achieve and maintain a culture that fosters a sense of belonging, inspires innovation and provides equitable care.

We want every medical student, resident, and faculty member at Spectrum Health Lakeland to feel included and respected. We are committed to fostering and advancing inclusion and diversity in our workforce, workplace, leadership, faculty and programs. We believe in equity for everyone.

As we work to achieve and sustain a diverse and inclusive culture that fosters respect among our team members we are focused on four areas that will help guide the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Cultural Competence: Bring awareness and education to learners and faculty to promote an inclusive environment as well as remove systematic barriers to diverse person’s success in graduate medical education.

Equity of Care: Encourage and support Graduate Medical Education participation by faculty, residents and medical students in initiatives that help resolve health care disparities.

Community Engagement: Continue  resident and medical student engagement in community-based outreach and medical projects to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities, as well as educate and bring awareness to learners regarding implicit bias, health disparities, and enhanced cultural competency.

Workforce Diversity: Improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority candidates across medical student, resident, faculty and staff employment.

The Underrepresented Minority Visiting Scholars Program

The Underrepresented Minority Visiting Scholars Program (URM) is sponsored by the Spectrum Health Lakeland Graduate Medical Education Department as a supplement to our visiting learner program for medical students. The program provides mentoring and networking for fourth year.

The mission of the URM Visiting Scholars Program is to enrich medical education, advance research and strengthen our clinical practices by fostering a culture of inclusion. It is because of our commitment to improve the health of the communities we serve that we are committed to recruiting a diverse class of residents. We believe our community of diverse patients warrants diversity in our physicians.

Applicants must be full-time, fourth year medical students underrepresented in medicine, in good standing at a LCME-accredited or COCA-accredited U.S. medical school.


  • Up to $1,500 scholarship awarded to URM scholars, including reimbursement for housing, travel and expenses associated with participating in the learning program. URM scholars who complete their rotation will be reimbursed at the end of the rotation. Incurred expenses for travel and other associated expense receipts and URM program evaluation must be submitted to within 30 days of rotation completion.
  • Includes a four-week rotation on clinical shifts, didactics and simulation with attending physicians and resident physicians.
  • URM scholars will have the opportunity to attend all residency educational activities.
  • Mentoring opportunities from faculty member in specialty of interest.

To Apply

Please submit the application and submit it to

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