Mercy North Iowa Palliative Medicine Fellowship is located in Mason City, Iowa, a community of 35,000 in North Central Iowa. The fellowship is affiliated with Mercy Family Medicine Residency, a 6-6-6 program that has been in existence for over 30 years and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In January 2009 the fellowship was also accredited by the ACGME.
The sponsoring institution is Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa (MMCNI), a 346 bed teaching facility and regional referral center located in the center of Mason City. Mercy - North Iowa serves a population base of 215,000 people in a 10 county area, offering a full range of services. Hospice has a long tradition in Mason City. Hospice of North Iowa began as a freestanding community hospice October 1981 under the pioneering leadership of Ann McGregor, providing home hospice care. The Muse-Norris Inpatient Unit, a six-bed acute and respite care facility, opened in 1991, one of the first facilities of its kind in the state of Iowa.
Rotations include an inpatient palliative medicine consultation service, hospice inpatient unit, and palliative medicine outpatient clinic. Electives are available in radiation oncology, rehabilitation, drug and alcohol addiction treatment, and wound management. A skilled care/rehabilitation unit is located on the west side of Mason City, part of the MMCNI health system.
The palliative medicine fellow has opportunity to work with and teach medical students and family medicine residents who chose the Hospice/Palliative Medicine elective as part of their educational experience. The palliative medicine fellow is a source of informal consultation/education for family medicine residents working on the Family Medicine Teaching Service and the internal medicine in-patient hospitalist service.