A note from the Chief Residents...
Greetings and thank you for taking the time to explore the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program! Being a part of Mercy Medical Center, with its incredibly busy OB and Emergency Departments, as well as the numerous specialties offered, we feel this program offers one of the best educations in the state. While it is impossible to cover everything we do here, we will do our best to cover some of the highlights to let you know what we are all about.
We have a very diverse and extensive patient population of all ages with a variety of pathologies which provides an excellent foundation for learning and developing family medicine skills. In order to care for these patients among all facets of their needs we routinely work directly in tandem with specialty physicians, social workers, pharmacists, and behavioral health specialists.
Our experienced faculty comes from a vast array of backgrounds with multiple unique methods. This allows the residents plenty of different exposures in order to shape and develop their own personal style. Their dedication to medicine, education, and support for the residents is unparalleled. They provide the perfect amount of guidance while allowing plenty of autonomy to grow as physicians.
Our curriculum is designed to encourage rapid growth of our first year residents with a heavier workload early on in residency, allowing time to develop into independent, experienced, and knowledgeable senior residents. It all starts with a four week introductory month that provides exposure to our major areas of service, inpatient days, inpatient nights, pediatrics, and clinic. Our rotation schedule provides a solid core of family medicine centered modalities and allows us to work directly with a number of different specialists, all as eager to teach as our own faculty. As you progress through residency the flexibility increases to provide a chance to focus on areas of special interest.
We are a fun-loving group of physicians who are more like family than colleagues. We often socialize outside of the hospital, babysit each other’s children, and celebrate holidays together. In addition, Des Moines is a phenomenal place to live, ranked by Forbes as the #1 best city for young professionals in 2014. With a variety of activities available there is always something to do including shopping, sporting events, hiking/biking trails, and a diverse selection of fine cuisine.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or come check us out in person; we are always excited to meet the potential future of our program!
Matt Nicholson, DO
Todd Eberle, DO
Chief Residents 2016-2017