Internal Medicine Residency Program

A note from the Program Director...

Welcome to the ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mercy Medical Center. Mercy has partnered with Primary Heath Care, Inc., to form the Iowa Medical Education Collaborative (IMEC) to enhance graduate medical opportunities in Iowa. IMEC is the Internal Medicine Residency sponsor. Inpatient services and program management are conducted by Mercy Medical Center in coordination with the ambulatory care experiences with Primary Health Care, Inc., and other affiliated Mercy physicians. The residency outpatient continuity clinic is also a 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 Mercy Internal Medicine Residency program is a three-year program, with ten residents at each postgraduate level. Inpatient Internal Medicine teams include residents, interns and students who work with the faculty to provide 24-hour coverage for this service. The residents rotate through a wide spectrum of sub-specialties including behavioral health, cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, geriatrics, GI, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology and rheumatology. Elective rotations are also available. 

The program faculty instructs and supervises the residents in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Faculty members include general internist as well as fellowship-trained physicians. The residents have opportunity to participate in procedures related to the practice of internal medicine.

The program has a comprehensive didactic plan to assist residents in their preparation to practice state-of-the art internal medicine. Our curriculum incorporates traditional lecture format, case-based learning as well as simulated patient encounters and team building exercises.  Included in the curriculum are also morning report, M&M discussions, lectures, multidisciplinary conferences, and Journal Club.  Dedicated didactic sessions on Friday afternoons include assigned readings in Internal Medicine Review text, lectures given by residents and board review.

We invite you to explore this site to better familiarize yourself with the wide offerings of our residency program. We believe that you will see that our reputation for excellence in training is well-deserved. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.


Leatrice Olson, D.O., F.A.C.O.I.
Program Director

A note from the Chief Residents...

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Mercy Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. As Chief Residents for the 2018-2019 year, we are proud to contribute to the development of our program and invite you to take a look at our program.

Mercy Medical Center is located in downtown Des Moines and is part of an 875-bed hospital system (including locations in West Des Moines and surrounding areas). Mercy is the largest medical center in the state and is certified as a Level II trauma center. The hospital also has held certification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission since 2007 and is associated with Iowa Heart Center.

Our three-year residency program has developed a comprehensive and balanced learning environment, including scheduled didactic time, ambulatory experiences, and multiple subspecialty rotations. There are numerous opportunities to work with acute patients as the majority of time on service is on the wards, in the ICU, or on night shift. Ambulatory experiences are also generous, ranging from our Federal Qualified Health Center continuity clinic to time with other outpatient clinicians, including geriatrics and the underserved population. Needless to say, you will see everything you need to become a successful Internal Medicine physician.

The specialized didactic schedule developed by our Program Director ensures time away from clinical duties to focus on building your knowledge base and compliment your bedside learning. Didactics include noontime lectures lead by subspecialists, monthly M&M’s, pathology conference and radiology grand rounds. Through our relationships built with Des Moines University and Mercy Health Sciences, we have developed professional opportunities including workshops, career counseling, and research support. Many residents have presented research and case studies at national conferences, and multiple residents have obtained fellowships including GI, ID, sleep medicine, geriatrics, endocrinology and cardiology. Other residents have gone on to become hospitalists or clinicians. 

As you can see, there are plenty of avenues for you to develop during your time here at Mercy! Our program is also dedicated to resident wellness and health, hosting multiple events throughout the year, including a yearly golf retreat, fitness challenges, holiday parties, and more. The program centers on resident camaraderie and developing a strong culture of respect and community. We invite you to personally come and see what Mercy Des Moines is all about!

Eric Asbe, DO
Kristin Olson, DO
Chief Residents 2018-2019


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