Director’s Welcome

Psychiatry Residency Program

An Introduction to the Psychiatry Residency Program

Welcome from Dr. Bill Sanders, Residency Program Director

William Sanders, DOWelcome to the Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services / Michigan State University Psychiatry Residency program located in beautiful Grand Rapids, the second largest city in the state of Michigan. We are looking for talented applicants. Our program is the product of an experienced and enthusiastic group of individuals who have been performing research and teaching at the graduate level for many years. Pine Rest is proud to be taking our long-standing relationship with Michigan State University and its medical schools to a new level.

Pine Rest is one of the oldest (over 100 years of service) and also one of the largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the country. Pine Rest manages 198 inpatient psychiatric beds, including separate older adult unit, a 36-bed child and adolescent unit and a new 26-bed “flex” unit for adolescents and young adults.

The academic unit offers a comprehensive inpatient training experience for psychiatry residents. Pine Rest’s extensive outpatient network manages over 300,000 patient visits per year and includes:

  • Addiction
  • Case management
  • Forensic and neuropsychological services

West Michigan offers Limitless Educational Opportunities

In Grand Rapids, collaboration is the rule rather than the exception. All our area hospitals and health agencies have sophisticated relationships, providing a suite of educational opportunities for you. Our Psychiatry Residency offers training experiences in:

  • Forensics
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Addictions
  • Women’s Health

We also offer core experiences in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, community mental health, and emergency psychiatry. Our new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship began July 2017, and our new Addiction Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowships commenced in July 2018.

Home to Award Winning Hospital Systems & Research Facilities

Grand Rapids is home to several award-winning hospital systems, as well as the Van Andel Institute, a world-class primary research facility. The breadth and quality of health care in Grand Rapids, along with a growing research climate, recently convinced Michigan State University to re-locate the College of Human Medicine to downtown Grand Rapids. Pine Rest has long been a key player in the medical community, and is excited to be bringing psychiatric graduate education to the area.

Psychiatrists Needed

Grand Rapids, the state of Michigan, and the entire country are facing a worsening shortfall of psychiatrists in the future. Pine Rest has long had a mission of over 100 years of service to the community. We are eager to continue that mission by training intelligent and comprehensively prepared psychiatrists who are dedicated to providing skilled and compassionate care.

Consistently Nationally Recognized City

Grand Rapids is a growing and culturally diverse city. Opportunities for a balanced life abound, from the magnificent beaches of nearby Lake Michigan, to the national forests, rivers, and lakes on all sides. The Meijer Gardens, one of the finest arboretums in the country, is a jewel in the city’s crown. There are also cultural opportunities such as ArtPrize which engages the whole community. The residency faculty members are proponents of a balanced life as well as a comprehensive education, and seek to create a welcoming environment, which supports a collegial and respectful experience. We also want to encourage the inquisitive mind. Therefore, we will provide ample research opportunities.

Dedicated to Training Psychiatrists for Today & Tomorrow

Psychiatry is on the cusp of a revolution in understanding and treating illness of the brain and human behavior. Today’s psychiatry residents are getting in on the ground floor of the next frontier of medical knowledge. The didactic content and breadth of human behaviors which have to be mastered make any psychiatry residency a rigorous and challenging undertaking. We are dedicated to finding and training psychiatrists who are not only excited for the challenge, but are also dedicated to the compassionate care of our brothers, sisters, and neighbors.

Our residents will achieve the knowledge and experience to prepare them for specialty boards and fellowships, and most importantly, a satisfying and meaningful career.


William Sanders, MS, DO, Residency Director
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Michigan Psychiatric Society Councilor
Board Certified, General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry