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Frequently Asked Questions

How many residents are accepted per year and what are you looking for in an applicant?

We accept six residents per year. We look for residents with a solid academic background and a demonstrated commitment to Family Medicine and rural practice. The ability to communicate well and a strong work ethic are also important, as a desire to care for the underserved.

Where will I do my rotations and outpatient clinic?

The majority of our hospital rotations take place at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa which forms the hub of a system of critical access hospitals and clinics serving northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. 

Outpatient clinics are held at McAuley Hall on the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa East Campus; right next door to the main hospital.   In 2015 we will be moving to our new cutting edge clinic complex in the Forest Park Building which is attached to the hospital.

Our new office space and academic center will open in 2015 in the Forest Park Building which is adjacent to the hospital.

Are there any other residency programs in the hospital?

We are an unopposed program allowing our residents access to a myriad of patient experiences and procedures throughout all of our rotations.  From medicine to obstetrics, from the Emergency Room to the ICU, we are first up to get hands on training.

What services does Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa offer?

As the major referral center for North Iowa, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa is a secondary level health care provider.  Mercy – North Iowa offers the best of all worlds:  the family atmosphere of a hometown health care center along with the technology, services and resources of a major modern medical center. 

Services provided include:

How much OB do you do?

We have a busy obstetrics service. Interns are required to do 2 months of OB. In your second year you will have a third month of OB as well as 2 months of night float on OB/Peds.

Our new night float system allows our residents to have 2 months of concentrated obstetrics working one-on-one with our OB-Gyn attendings. We also manage our own OB patients from our Family Medicine clinic from the first prenatal visit through delivery to postpartum. You can easily get between 40-60 deliveries and we have had residents with more than 100 deliveries. We are involved at all levels of obstetric care and are first assist on c-sections. Additionally, second year residents take part in the Advanced life Support for Obstetrics Certification course. There is also the opportunity to do OB electives.

Do you have a family medicine inpatient service?

Our Family Medicine Teaching Service (TS) is our inpatient medicine team. The Teaching Service team is responsible for admitting patients from the Family Medicine Residency as well as the community at large. We share admitting duties with the Mercy Medical Center Hospitalist group. The TS team consists of an intern, 2nd and 3rd year resident and faculty physician. The team is augmented by our faculty pharmacist, faculty psychologist, pharmacy students and medical students. Residents on this service also carry the hospital code pager and respond to code blues and rapid responses on the medical floors and stroke alerts in the emergency department.

Our census averages about 10-12 patients per day.

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