Medical Student Rotation

Mary Free Bed offers a four-week elective rotation for third- and fourth-year medical students interested in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Offered through Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Grand Rapids Campus, the rotation takes place at our main campus in Grand Rapids.

This four-week experience is a terrific opportunity to explore physiatry in a host of inpatient and outpatient clinical practice settings.

Resident Dr. Anthony Truong with patient

What to Expect

You’ll work alongside our residents to learn about our programs and services in greater depth. Faculty with a special interest in medical education will involve you in patient care and teaching sessions. You’ll get to learn more about our hospital and services, the programs we offer patients, and our approach to providing comprehensive rehabilitative care for a wide range of diagnoses.

You’ll participate alongside our attending physicians and residents, participate in didactic lectures and other learning opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to ask specific questions about our residency program as you consider what programs to apply to.

To view the block dates click here.

  • Two-to-four medical students are accepted per block.
  • Shorter-duration shadowing experiences are subject to availability and limited to three student experiences per block.
  • Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


How to Apply

To apply for an elective rotation at Mary Free Bed, click here: Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO).

Our rotation is listed as MED 626 – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Grand Rapids.

International Students

International students should complete the application form and return it to the Student Onboarding Team, by emailing

Mary Free Bed is unable to sponsor visas for visiting international medical students.


Contact Us

For more information, email

If you are a medical student interested in potentially collaborating with our residents and faculty on a research project, please email