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...

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

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Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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