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Janesville program

Located at Mercyhealth South in Janesville, Wisconsin, our residency program began in 1992. It’s a well-established, unopposed, community-based program that allows you to take advantage of the best aspects of rural and suburban practice.

Mercyhealth offers an ACGME-accredited, unopposed residency in family medicine. We accept seven new residents each year to begin training in our community-based academic teaching facility. We strive to prepare our residents for the full spectrum of family medicine, including, but not limited to, outpatient medicine, inpatient hospital care, ICU, sports medicine, women’s health, pediatrics and urgent care.

Comprehensive training and experience

We give you the knowledge, experience and community awareness you need to become a valuable resource to patients wherever you practice. This is done in a supportive environment focused on your education. Training includes:

Family medicine clinic

The facility at Mercyhealth South is equipped to provide outpatient care needs, including physicals, dermatologic procedures and women's health, including colposcopy. The clinic also has its own social worker to provide further resources for patient education and assistance.

Inpatient medicine

The inpatient medicine experience is rich with learning cases and hospital procedures. Each medicine team consists of an intern, a second-year resident and a third-year resident. On this busy service, residents admit and manage patients on the general medical floors, coronary care, neurologic and medical intensive care units. They also serve in the Code Blue team for the entire hospital.


Pediatric rotations include both inpatient and outpatient experience with acute and chronic issues as well as normal growth and development. From newborns to the pre-college physical, our pediatric experience teaches age-appropriate management of pediatric medical, nutritional, behavioral and emotional issues. Furthermore, each resident also participates in a longitudinal pediatric experience in his or her own clinical practice.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Under the supervision of senior residents and faculty, our residents learn how to provide prenatal care during both normal and high-risk pregnancies. There is an OB track. During the gynecology rotation, residents gain experience in colposcopy, contraceptive guidance and well-woman care. The skills learned on these rotations are honed over the course of the three years in each resident's own longitudinal clinical practice.

Surgery and emergency medicine

Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center is a busy Level 2 Trauma Center. In our bustling ER rotation, residents work one-on-one with our emergency medicine faculty to evaluate and manage minor emergencies and full trauma alerts. While working in the hospital the residents get an opportunity to intubate patients and run codes. This hands-on experience continues in the surgery rotation as residents work directly with our surgical faculty.

Teaching conferences

Teaching conferences are held weekly. These conferences are the primary didactic portion of the program and are organized to cover all aspects of family medicine and provide excellent Board preparation. There are also morning reports, daily case presentations and monthly journal clubs.

Procedure clinic

During the dedicated procedure clinic time, the resident will have the opportunity to see a patient and perform or assist with procedures, making for an outstanding training opportunity.

The procedure clinic is offered weekly and is run by a faculty member and a resident. The faculty physician is present for all procedures. The faculty and the resident will have a discussion with the patient about their condition, treatment plan, follow-up and after-care needs.

Procedures performed include:

  • Excision of skin mass/lesion
  • Incision and drainage of abscesses
  • Joint injections
  • Laceration repairs
  • Paracentesis
  • Skin biopsies
  • Toenail removal
  • Women's health: IUD/nexplanon insertion, colposcopy
  • And many more

Our faculty

Our outstanding teaching staff consists of our own family medicine faculty as well as community physicians trained in internal medicine, radiology, cardiology, critical care and pulmonology, nephrology, and infectious disease.

  • Yone Amuka, MD
  • Jane Anderson, MD
  • Janet Barkhou, MD
  • Shakirat Bello, MD
  • Keith Cooper, DO
  • Howard Gartland, Ph.D.
  • Dennys Maldonado, MD
  • Suhail Shaikh, MD, MBA
  • Jared Stahlecker, MD
  • Beau Waddell, MD

Salary and benefits

Mercyhealth's Family Medicine Residency Program offers a generous salary and benefits program to its residents, with an increasing salary scale per year.

When added into the compensation equation, you as a resident benefit from such a program in many diverse and worthwhile ways.

  • Current salary: We offer a competitive salary with a great benefit package.
  • Relocation: Residents are allowed relocation assistance up to $2,500.
  • Vacation: The first day of residency, each resident receives 15 paid vacation days per year and six paid holidays. Unused time does not accrue from year to year.
  • Sick time: On the first day of residency, each resident receives six paid sick days. Sick time may be used for illness, injury, or need to obtain medical or dental treatment for the resident, spouse or children. Unused sick time does not accrue from year to year.
  • Meals: Meals are provided to all residents while on call in the Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center.
  • Continuing medical education.
    • PGY I: $750.
    • PGY II: $1,500.
    • PGY III: $1,500.
    • SM fellow/hospitalist fellow: $3,000.
    • Residents are reimbursed for approved educational travel expenses. Each year, the resident is allowed five paid days for approved conferences above and beyond the three weeks paid vacation time.
  • Moonlighting: Ample in-house opportunities are available and encouraged for licensed physicians.
  • Stay Healthy benefit: MercyCare Health Plans reimburses members up to $200 per person or $400 per family for qualified expenses for participating in a fitness and/or wellness program.
  • Training/licensing: Residents are reimbursed for the cost of all licensing fees (e.g., Wisconsin state medical licensure and DEA). These licensures are required of each resident by the end of the second year. Residents are also reimbursed for the USMLE III testing fee. Mercyhealth also pays for registration for the following certifications: ACLS, PALS, ALSO and NRP.
  • Health insurance: You and Mercyhealth share responsibility for the cost of the medical care coverage for you and your dependents. The premium contribution depends upon the type of coverage you select. Health insurance is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Dental insurance: Premiums are fully funded by Mercyhealth. Dental insurance becomes effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Life insurance: Mercyhealth provides life and accidental death and disability insurance coverage equal to one time your annual earnings. These are effective the first of the month following 90 days of employment. Supplemental and dependent life options are also available.
  • Flexible benefit plan: This benefit allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to pay for qualified medical and/or childcare/dependent expenses. This benefit requires annual enrollment and is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP): All residents have access to the EAP benefit at no cost. EAP provides assessment, consultation, short-term counseling and resources for personal and family matters.
  • Liability insurance: Residents receive malpractice insurance coverage for any services performed within the scope of the duties of the hospital or the program.
  • Tax-deferred savings account: Residents may contribute to Mercyhealth’s 403(b) matched savings plan.
  • Parking: Parking is free in the Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center physician lot and at our family medicine clinic.

Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about Mercyhealth and the family medicine residency program.

How are applications reviewed?

  • We review every application on an individual basis. Interviews are granted upon approval by our recruitment committee.

Do you participate in the Match?

  • Yes. Applicants must register for the Match (NRMP). We do not accept applicants outside of the Match.

What are your application criteria?

  • We accept all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept paper applications.

Applications should include:

  • Photograph (optional, but helpful).
  • Dean's letter.
  • Medical school transcript.
  • Written personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one should be from a member of the department of family medicine at your school, affiliated hospital or elective course.
  • Must have graduated within last 3 years of year matching.
  • United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) score parts I and II, and a passed on CK.
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certification (if applicable).
  • You must be able to be granted a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Wisconsin.

What is your application deadline?

  • Our application deadline is January 1.

What are your requirements for taking the USMLE?

  • You must have passed USMLE parts I and II (CS and CK) or Comlex I and II by the rank list deadline. We may not be able to rank you if we do not have your passing scores by the time that we submit rank list (typically February 15).

Do you sponsor visas?

  • We do not sponsor any visas. Applicants must maintain permanent residency status.

What about interviews?

  • Interview season runs from October to January. There will be no interviews during the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. We do offer lodging the night before the interview.

What are you looking for in residents?

  • We accept seven residents each year. We are looking for applicants with a strong commitment to family medicine, good communication skills and a strong work ethic. We consider ourselves to be family-friendly, and so also value applicants who will contribute to this atmosphere by working well with others.

Do you use a night float system?

  • Yes, we use a night float system for our evening/night call. Night float blocks are two weeks long and interns have four-night float blocks per year.

What are your patient demographics?

  • We serve a culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient population, including both insured and uninsured patients.

What procedures will I learn during this residency?

  • Common office procedures, including, but not limited to, joint injections, excision of benign and malignant skin lesions, incision and drainage, toenail removal, punch and excisional biopsies, cryotherapy, suturing, casting, newborn circumcision, insertion of IUD, colposcopy, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis, intubation, and central line placement. Training in colonoscopy is also available. Mercyhealth also offers training in an advanced simulation lab.

Do you offer moonlighting?

  • Yes, we offer moonlighting opportunities. Moonlighting can begin once a resident has completed their intern year and has received a State of Wisconsin permanent license. Mercyhealth has numerous opportunities to increase your medical knowledge to better prepare you for independent practice.

Do you offer medical student rotations?

  • Yes, we are a clinical rotation site for UW-Madison and St. George's University. However, we do accept students from other medical schools that are interested in rotating with us. Students will spend time in the family medicine outpatient clinic along with a hospital inpatient experience.

Contact Kelly Potter at 608.755.7964 or with any questions related to our Janesville family medicine residency program.

Mercyhealth Family Medicine Residency Program–Janesville
849 Kellogg Ave.
Janesville, WI