Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Curriculum

The content of family medicine training is specified by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Family Medicine. Each specialty rotation is designed to maintain flexibility and to meet accreditation and board requirements. The curriculum is reviewed continuously to meet the present and future needs of our residents. The primary objective is to aid you in personal growth while acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for obtaining a high level of professional competence.

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Procedural skills have become increasingly important in the ambulatory setting. For this reason, our program has focused on providing residents with opportunities to learn a variety of office procedures including colposcopy, casting and splinting, joint injection, lesion removal, and other minor surgical procedures. Advanced procedures including stress testing, endoscopy, obstetrical ultrasound, etc. are available

The foundation of the resident's education is the patient care provided in the Family Medicine Practice and on the Family Medicine Teaching Service. Residents develop and maintain a continuing physician-patient relationship. Residents see patients in the Family Medicine Center 1 to 2 half days per week as first years, 3 to 4 half days per week as second years and 4 to 5 half days per week as third years. During the Family Medicine Teaching Service rotation, a team of residents and faculty provides care for the in-patient service. During this time, residents also serve as consultants for patients hospitalized by other physicians. The faculty members are scheduled to allow for maximum availability for consultation and teaching in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

As part of the educational experience residents have the opportunity to select a total of six months of elective time during the three years of training. Elective time is flexible to accommodate the differing career paths and interests of individual residents. Elective blocks vary in length from 2 weeks to 1 month. Residents have the opportunity to experience such electives as allergy, anesthesiology, cardiology procedures, dermatology, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, hematology/oncology, hospice and palliative care, industrial medicine, neurology, obstetrics, oral surgery, plastic surgery, podiatry, nephrology, pulmonology, rheumatology, and sports medicine, just to list a few. Residents have an opportunity to design a rotation not routinely offered, such as an international rotation, or a clinical rotation not normally provided in our curriculum. Over the last several years, many of our residents have taken advantage of this opportunity.

Print version of the class curriculum

Mercy Family Medicine Residency
2015-2016
Curriculum

RotationFirst YearSecond YearThird Year

Critical Care

 

One Month
                      January-June

One Month
                    July-December

Elective
 

 

Two Months

Four Months A

Emergency Medicine

One Month
                           January-June

One Month
                   July- December

 

Geriatrics
 

 

 

One Month

Gynecology

 

One Month
January-June

 

Health Systems Management
 

 

 

One Month

Internal Medicine
 

Two Months

 

 

Musculoskeletal Selective
 

 

 

One Month B

Night Float
 

Two Months

Two Months

Obstetrics
 

Two Months

One Month

 

Orthopedics
 

One Month

 

 

Pediatrics - Inpatient
 

Two Months

 

 

Pediatrics - Outpatient
 

 

Two Months

 

Selective     

One Month C
                      January-June

 

 

Surgery

One Month
                    July-December

 

 

Teaching Service
 

Two Months

Two Months

Two Months

 

 

 

 

A -  Two (2) of the following rotations must be selected as electives – ENT, Opthalmology, Radiology, Urology
B – Selections are  Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology
C – Selections are Endocrine, Hospice/Palliative Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Cardiology