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Graduate Testimonials

"Mercy was a wonderful place to receive surgical training. its the best combination of giving you access to complex cases but also a large volume of standard cases, since its a community hospital. The attendees want to teach, and the residents are given valuable amounts of autonomy."

-Rachel Knudson, D.O., 2014 granduate

"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


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