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Internal Medicine Residency

Welcome Applicants!

Thank you for your interest in our program.   Please take a moment to read the Welcome Letter from Dr. Kristin Hollander.

Welcome Letter from Dr. Kristin Hollander


Welcome to our Internal Medicine page! We are so excited to have you here to learn about our program! Let me tell you a little bit about our residency…

We are an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine residency program with deep roots into our osteopathic heritage. What was once a small residency that started at the Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital has now blossomed into an 18 resident program that is proud to call ourselves part of University of Michigan Health-West! We have six residents per year, each with a diverse background and skill set that makes our program special. Though we are a small community hospital, we have a wide range of specialties available to us through our own facility and surrounding hospitals including Endocrinology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, and many others. We have a beautiful residency clinic where we have the privilege to take care of many members of the community. Our clinic is full of amazing resources with a multi-disciplinary team including social work and case managers, and we also have x-ray, lab, on-site pharmacists, dental office, and even a food pantry! We are so lucky to have such an incredible facility to provide excellent care to our patients!

Our hospital is a stunning 206 bed community hospital with state-of-the-art technology situated on the south end of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Inside the hospital you will find a great group of hospitalists who work closely with the residents, in addition to multiple specialists from all areas of medicine that you will have the opportunity to learn from as well. We are fortunate to have such a great team to be part of and to learn from! If you are interested in the academic side of medicine, we have a great research department to help foster those clinical questions and develop your own research studies! Whether you have goals to work as a hospitalist, in an outpatient IM office, or pursue a fellowship, we are able to help you reach your goals! Our past residents have matched into fellowships in ID, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Critical Care, just to name a few! The world is your oyster, and we’d be happy to be part of it!

Please take a look through our page! I hope you find what you’re looking for and could possibly consider us a place to call home for three years! We’d be happy to have you! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. We would love to hear from you.


Dr. Kristin Hollander, DO

Internal Medicine Residency Program Director

Mission Statement

The mission of our program is to improve the health and quality of life for the people of West Michigan through the education of well-rounded internal medicine physicians. Competency, compassion, and empathy to our patients and their families are core principles to our mission. Using these principles, we strive to raise, discuss, and elucidate the important ethical, scientific, and economic issues involved in medical practice and patient care. Our graduates complete our program with the tools to effectively communicate with patients, diagnose and treat diseases rare and commonplace, and navigate complex health systems.

Program AIMS

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at University of Michigan Health-West is comprised up of compassionate, hard-working, dedicated, self-directed, confident individuals who wish to provide primary care and inpatient medical services to patients in their communities. The program provides a comprehensive 3-year curriculum to enable residents to master the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need for successful practice of medicine or to continue into a sub-specialty fellowship program of their choice.  The program seeks to train highly motivated individuals who have expertise in management of medically complex patients for both inpatient and outpatient realms, keeping a keen focus on transitions of care for their patient through the system in which they practice.  It is the aim of the program to produce excellent, well-rounded, independent practitioners who will be professional leaders in their hospitals and their communities.


The Block Schedule

Block Schedule
First YearSecond YearThird Year
Medicine Teaching Service5 BlocksInpatient Medicine/Teaching Service3 BlocksInpatient Medicine/Teaching Service (Emphasis: Resident as Teacher)3 Blocks
Cardiology1 BlockGastroenterology1 BlockICU/CCU1 Block
Pulmonary1 BlockICU/CCU1 BlockHematology/Medical Oncology1 Block
ICU/CCU1 BlockNephrology1 BlockEndocrinology1 Block
Emergency Medicine1 BlockGeriatrics1 BlockElective3 Blocks
Gynecology1 BlockInfectious Disease1 BlockRheumatology1 Block
Anesthesiology.5 BlockNeurology1 BlockPalliative Care.5 Block
Radiology.5 BlockElective2 BlocksAddiction Medicine.5 Block
General Surgery1 BlockOutpatient Medicine 1 BlockOutpatient Medicine1 Block
Outpatient Medicine1 BlockMedicine Block Nights 1 BlockMedicine Block Nights1 Block
Total:13 BlocksTotal:13 BlocksTotal:13 Blocks

Possible Electives

Allergy/Immunology                          Otorhinolaryngology                         

Dermatology                                      Psychiatry                              

Office Gynecology                            Risk Management/Legal                               

Medical Ophthalmology                   Rehabilitation Medicine                                

Non-Operative Orthopedics            Sleep Medicine                                  

Forensic Pathology                            Interventional Radiology

Outpatient Cardiology

Residents are also scheduled for 1-2 days each month at the Community Health Clinic to provide residents with a clinical experience in a primary care setting. We teach more than 30 outpatient procedures at the Community Health Clinic including dermatological procedures, cryosurgery, simple fracture care, spirometry, ECG interpretation and x-ray interpretation. 



  • Michigan Medicine Grand Rounds
  • UMHW Rounds and Case Reports
  • Harrison’s Book Club
  • Journal Club
  • Core Competency lectures
  • Thursday afternoon = protected education time
  • MKSAP Readings
  • NEJM Question bank
  • SonoSim = POCUS training
  • UWorld subscription and In-person Board review course (PGY3)
  • Statewide Campus System lectures
  • Simulation and Procedure training

Meet the Internal Medicine Faculty

Internal Medicine Faculty

Kristin Hollander, D.O.
Program Director
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan Health-West (formerly Metropolitan Hospital)

Adam Wolfe, D.O.
Associate Program Director
Medical School: University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan Health-West (formerly Metropolitan Hospital)

Robert Gleffe, D.O.
Resident Community Health Center
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency: University of Michigan Health-West (formerly Metropolitan Hospital)

Meet the Internal Medicine Residents

PGY 1 Residents

John Burton, DO
Hometown: Ludington, MI
Undergrad: Grand Valley State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Immanuel Jackson, DO
Hometown: Park Forest, IL
Undergrad: Northern Illinois University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ali Naqvi, DO
Hometown: Macomb, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emily Ritsema, MD
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Undergrad: Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Medical School:  Indiana University School of Medicine

Muhammad Shahzad, DO
Hometown: Lombard, IL
Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Staeglich, DO
Hometown:  Grand Rapids, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Matthew Watland, DO
Hometown: Oakdale, MN
Undergrad: Taylor University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 2 Residents

Saad Ansari, D.O.
Hometown: Clinton, IA
Undergrad: University of Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Arielle Aughenbaugh, DO
Hometown: Tecumseh, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine

Audrey Salmon, DO  
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergrad: Arizona State University
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eric Shankin, DO
Hometown: Romeo, MI
Undergrad: Hillsdale College
Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Felice Liu, DO
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Undergrad: University of Maryland – College Park
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Devang Thanki, DO
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergrad: Purdue University
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 3 Residents

Alexandra Burns, DO
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergrad: Calvin College
Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Philburn, DO
Hometown: Melvin, MI         
Undergrad:  Saginaw Valley State University
Medical School: Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine

Matthew Spousta, DO
Hometown: Murrieta, CA
Undergrad: University of California-Riverside
Medical School:  Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Serene Ozeir, DO
Hometown: Novi, MI
Undergrad: Wayne State University
Medical School:  Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine

Baily Sopjes, DO
Hometown: Dorr, MI  
Undergrad: Alma College
Medical School:  Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine

Neel Vellanki, DO
Hometown: Troy, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School:  Pikeville University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Meet the Internal Medicine Alumni

Internal Medicine Alumni

2023 Graduates

  • Ashveen Bains, DO – Fellow, Infectious Disease, Penn State University Hershey Medical Center
  • Alison Caniff, DO – Hospitalist, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI
  • James Chessrown, DO – Hospitalist, University of Michigan Health-West
  • Molly Magen, DO – Fellow, Geriatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Maurice Marshall, DO – Fellow, Infectious Disease, DMC/Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Shams Reaz, DO – Fellow, Cardiology, McLaren Hospital, Flint, MI

2022 Graduates

  • Hamza Hassan, MD – Fellow, Gastroenterology, Medical College of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
  • Malhar Jhaveri, MD – Hospitalist, Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (CA)
  • Stephanie Miller, DO – Hospitalist, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center (AZ)
  • Roy Putnam, Jr., DO – Fellow, Critical Care, Franciscan Health-Olympia Fields
  • Cydney Unvala Hood, DO – Hospitalist, Redmond Regional Medical Center (GA)
  • Karen Wong, DO – Fellow, Nephrology, Kaiser Permanente-San Francisco          

2021 Graduates           

  • Elizabeth Cleary, DO – Hospitalist, Mercy Health Muskegon, MI
  • William Zachary Punch, DO – Hospitalist, University of Michigan Health-West
  • Stephen Lee, DO – Hospitalist, Ascension St Thomas Rutherford (TN)
  • Jeffrey Williams , DO – Fellow, Geriatrics, Mercy Health, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kyle Ulrich, DO – Hospitalist, Magnolia Regional Health (MS)                             

2020 Graduates           

  • R. Dylan Fulmer, DO – Fellow, Infectious Disease, Kansas University Medical Center
  • Claire Hamman, DO – Fellow, Gastroenterology, Beaumont Hospital, Farmington, MI
  • Jessica Hulbert, DO – Fellow, Infectious Disease, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Kevin Riley, DO – Nocturnist, Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Monical Urbanowski, DO – Hospitalist, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI                             

2019 Graduates                                   

  • Curtis Behenna, DO – Fellow, Infectious Disease, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Jacqueline Do, DO – Hospitalist, Wisconsin
  • Laurel Doherty, DO – Fellow, Nephrology, St. John Medical Center, Detroit, MI
  • Michael Hoban, DO – Fellow, Cardiology, Beaumont Farmington Hills, MI
  • Maxwell Rouse, DO – Outpatient Medicine, University of Michigan Health-West Medical Group  

2018 Graduates                                   

  • Jacob Stremers, DO – Hospitalist, University of Michigan Health-West
  • Kristin Hollander, DO – Hospitalist, University of Michigan Health-West
  • Jennifer de Longpre’, DO – Hospitalist, Mercy Health Muskegon, MI
  • Daniel Erck, DO – Outpatient Medicine, Spectrum Health Medical Group
  • Andrew Bosch, DO – Hospitalist, University of Michigan Health-West

Application Process and Requirements

Application Process

We are excited and honored that you are interested in pursuing your residency at University of Michigan Health-West.  We hope this information below answers some questions you have regarding the application & interview process.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]

Application Requirements:

University of Michigan Health-West accepts residency applications exclusively via Electronic Residency Application Service or ERAS.  We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  Our NRMP identification code is 2170140C0.

We recommend your application is complete and submitted no later than October 15 to be considered for an interview.

We typically receive between 750-900 applications every year and will select 65-75 for interviews.  Ideal candidates will be professional, dependable and work well with our current residents and faculty.  Interviews are offered on a rolling basis until all interview spots are filled.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or have a work authorization card or J1 Visa.  University of Michigan Health-West does not generally sponsor Visas for medical residents, subject to the limited instance where the Hospital determines that U.S. citizens or permanent residents of equal training, experience and competence are otherwise unavailable for the residency program at issue.

All our positions are Osteopathically recognized thus all candidates must meet the minimum Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) requirement as 1) be a graduate of a College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) or 2) complete certificate of OPP/OMT training prior to or within 6 months of the beginning of PGY1.

In addition to meeting the OPP requirement, the following will be included in the pre-screening criteria:

  • Applicants have graduated within one year of the match.  (For example, applicants who graduated in 2019, but did not match in 2019 would only be considered again in the 2020 match).
  • COMLEX or USMLE (we do not require both) “pass” score on first attempt.

All MD candidates must be from the list of medical schools recognized by the Medical Board of California

For More Information

Program Director – Dr. Kristin Hollander

Contact Deb Disler, Residency Program Coordinator