Family Medicine Residency Program 

A note from the Program Director...

Thank you for your interest in Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines and the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program. The Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program has been in existence since 1997 with over 125 graduates. Our focus at the residency is to provide the residents with the optimum mix of clinical experience, faculty supervision, didactic courses, and procedural training to become a successful family physician. Mercy Hospital boasts a rich, clinical experience, including the busiest OB service in the state of Iowa, with over 4,500 deliveries, as well as the busiest Emergency Department in the state of Iowa. Our residents also obtain a separate Pediatric Emergency Department experience in conjunction with running the pediatric inpatient service under the supervision of pediatric hospitalists. In addition, Mercy Hospital performs the most cardiac catheter procedures in the state of Iowa.

Mercy Medical Center partnered with Primary Health Care, Inc. in 2013, to form the Iowa Medical Education Collaborative (IMEC) to enhance medical education and opportunities for the resident physicians. The residency outpatient clinic is part of this collaboration. The outpatient continuity clinic is a Primary Health Care, Inc., Federally Qualified Health Center. The clinic is comprised of a diverse patient population spanning all age groups, socio-economic classes, and different ethnic groups. The Family Medicine Center has on-staff Spanish interpreters, a behavioral health consultant, family support worker, as well as a clinical pharmacist. The clinic utilizes GE Centricity electronic health records.

Past graduates of the Mercy Family Medicine Residency have taken positions ranging from full-spectrum small town family physicians, hospitalists, ER/urgent care physician, and to outpatient clinics. Several graduates have chosen to further their education by going to fellowships in geriatrics, community health, women’s health, advanced obstetrics training, clinical genetics and sports medicine.  

We believe the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program offers a superior opportunity to master family medicine and succeed in your future medical endeavors. Please contact us if you have further questions.

Come join us!
Dean Moews, MD

A note from the Chief Residents...

Congratulations on your decision to pursue Family Medicine as a career! Thank you for considering our Family Medicine Program at Mercy Medical Center. We are pleased  you are interested in our program, and we aim to give you an inside look at what makes our program distinctive. Deciding where to apply for residency can be a challenging but also exciting process.

We'd like to make mention a few of the highlights that make our program a top choice for your training:

  • Our Hospital: We are a tertiary care center and Level II Trauma Center in Des Moines, Iowa. While Mercy has all of the amenities you might find at a large academic center, it is small enough to develop relationships with the specialists and really learn from them.  We also have a pediatric floor that our residency program manages alongside the pediatric hospitalists. Our Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units are absolutely beautiful and deliver and care for nearly 5000 babies every year. Family Medicine residents are on service for pediatric inpatient, OBGYN and Medical floors at all times.
  • Curriculum: Our didactics are faculty and resident driven, consisting of a high yield, board review style format combined with formal topic review by subspecialties. The curriculum is further enhanced with a variety of journal clubs by subspecialty, image review, and interactive clinical cases. Ideas for lectures have been purposefully shaped from what residents found most useful.

Despite having three other residencies in house (internal medicine, surgery, and psychiatry), there is still a very collegial atmosphere.  There is no competition between programs (well maybe a little if it’s all in good fun).  There is no shortage of patients or procedures for your educational experience, and we tend to lean on each other and curbside on difficult cases in our residency lounge.

  • Our Clinic: Our clinic is conveniently located just across the street from the hospital.  There we care for a very diverse population of patients as part of an area Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  This provides us with a robust outpatient experience and additional resources for our patients.
  • Our Faculty: Our attending physicians are national and international experts in their fields, yet they also have a deep-rooted commitment to resident teaching.  They prize fostering relationships with the residents and they make themselves readily available to the residents.
  • Additional track opportunities:

This will be our second year of  an Integrative Medicine track in collaboration with the University of Arizona. The curriculum is offered to second year residents as part of a longitudinal training and have two years to complete the IM certificate.

We offer OB/GYN track by opening up Wednesday and Thursday clinic days were interested residents can obtain further training while being supervised by our OB/GYN faculty. 

Most of our residents are interested in being a well-rounded FM doctors. Residents are given the opportunity to take part in the Rural track as a PGY-2.

  • International Opportunities: Residents often join attending physicians for international electives.

Life often changes in residency, and we know that. Personal life can't stop for three years, and the program has an excellent record of accommodating residents during major life events. We would love to tell you more about why we chose to come here and what our program has to offer. We strongly encourage you to apply for residency training here in Des Moines, and if you have any questions, please contact us personally.


AJ Abcejo, DO
Dania Siddiqui, MD

Chief Residents, 2018-2019

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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