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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.
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Dean Moews, MD
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:
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.
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.
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