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...

On behalf of the residents at Mercy Family Medicine Residency, we would like to thank you for your interest in our program.  We think you will find that our program is uniquely poised to meet all of your educational needs.  We just celebrated our 20th year as a residency and boast a full accreditation from the ACGME.

We are located at Mercy Medical Center, a tertiary care center and Level II Trauma Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  We have a pediatric hospital and the only fellowship trained pediatric neurosurgeon in the state.  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.  Our Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units are absolutely beautiful and deliver and care for nearly 5000 babies every year.

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.

Despite having two other residencies in house (internal medicine and Surgery), and another on the way (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 consult with each other on difficult cases in our residency lounge.

The real pearl of our program, hands down, is our people.  Our residents hail from incredibly diverse backgrounds.  Numerous cultures and languages are represented in our program, along with various stations in life.  Our residents all become family.  We lean on each other to get through tough times, and lift each other up celebrating triumphs.  We genuinely enjoy each other’s company, and we strive to spend time together outside of work.  Whether it’s our annual “Friends-giving Dinner,” or just lunch together in the cafeteria, there is no denying the bond that occurs here.  Our residents are truly some of the greatest (and hardest working) people you will meet.

We are so excited that you have chosen to learn more about us, and hope that this information has only deepened your interest in our program.  We believe you will find Mercy able to meet all of your educational expectations and so much more!


Chris Ketter, DO
Denni Fitzsimmons, DO

Chief Residents, 2017-2018

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