Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has received approval to begin training of psychiatric residency physicians in July 2018. The addition of this new residency program addresses a critical statewide shortage of behavioral health providers.
Following a site review visit earlier this year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved a three-year accreditation for the Iowa Medical Education Collaborative Psychiatry Residency Program at Mercy – Des Moines. The ACGME Institutional Residency Review Committee commended Mercy for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s Institutional Requirements. The residency program is a collaborative effort involving Mercy – Des Moines and the Iowa Department of Public Health and is expected to help improve access to behavioral health services in Iowa.
Mercy has started the recruitment process for four first-year students. Students will be matched and selected in the spring of 2018. The four-year program will have a total of 16 residents when all classes have been filled. Residents will receive training in inpatient care, pediatric behavioral care, neurology, emergency behavioral care, substance abuse and community health.