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Graduate Testimonials

"Not only did the general surgery residency program at Mercy Medical Center provide the best educational experience I could have asked for, but my wife and children loved living in Des Moines.  Des Moines area schools are exceptional and the family entertainment is comparable to large metropolitan cities.

The Mercy program included breadth and volume of pathology, dedicated attending staff, and strong didactic education.  After acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to treat a wide variety of surgical diseases while maintaining compassion and concern for the patient, I am confident, successful and respected as a new private practice general surgeon in Kansas City, MO.  In addition, outstanding research projects are being presented at a national level, making one's application to post-graduate fellowships more competitive.  I would strongly recommend the Mercy program to anyone interested in a surgical career."

--Spencer Kirk, D.O., 2011 graduate

"Mercy more than prepared me for practice as a general surgeon. You get a wide range

of exposure, from complicated academic style cases to plentiful bread and butter general

surgery cases. To me it represents the best of both worlds. I had enough exposure to prepare me for anything that can and will come at you in practice. The staff are approachable and supportive. Overall, my time there was memorable and rewarding."

                                                                         --Brian Gebhart, D.O., 2009 graduate


Dr. Kirk







Dr. Gebhart

"The Mercy Des Moines General Surgery Residency is an excellent training program. It is equally strong in both didactics and technical training. I felt confident both in the office and the operating room when my residency was complete. During my Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, I have had the opportunity to work with many general surgeons and

residents from various universities and clinics, and feel that the Mercy program should be considered one of the top in the nation. I am proud to have graduated from there."

--Bryan Folkers, D.O., 2009 graduate

Dr. Bryan Folkers






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