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Program curriculum

The primary goal of the Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program is to equip physicians with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide exemplary patient care. Throughout training, residents receive ample opportunities to refine their communication skills, apply evidence-based practices to improve clinical outcomes, and develop innovative care delivery models to effectively meet the needs of our patients.

Mentorship and collaboration are critical components of our program. Residents learn to practice as effective members of larger patient care teams. Overall, the Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program instills residents with a patient-centered approach and a passion for making lives better.

Clinical experiences

Primary teaching location

Mercyhealth supports the educational goals of the internal medicine residency program by making its full extent of clinical offerings available to residents. Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside has a Level I trauma center, a Level III NICU and operating suites to accommodate for comprehensive cardiac, peripheral, neuro-interventional, minimally invasive and image-guided surgery, and emergency medical and trauma services.

Continuity clinics

The outpatient experience is a critical part of medical training and is required by the American Board of Internal Medicine. It is designed to complement the inpatient experience and to help prepare residents for entry into the practice of office medicine. Morning clinics begin at 8 am and afternoon clinics begin at 1 pm. Each resident accumulates a panel of patients for whom they will manage in consultation with the supervising attending. Residents are involved in the care of their patients when they are admitted to the hospital and participate in the management of their patients between outpatient visits. Residents are organized into cohorts and cross-cover continuity clinic patients.

Residents are supervised on all rotations by a board certified physician at a ratio of one physician to three residents or less. This ensures a close, working relationship between residents, faculty and the interdisciplinary care team for a holistic educational experience. Below is a model of our curriculum based on the belief that one must become a skilled generalist before becoming an expert subspecialist. In this way, our curriculum is designed to stair-step residents to the next level of patient care during each year of training. Residents achieve growth by developing along the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Core Competencies and Milestones.

Academic activities

The required conferences for the residents include grand rounds and the academic half-day.

Research and scholarly activity

Each resident is responsible for the presentation of several teaching conferences, original journal articles, and morbidity and mortality conferences. Under the supervision of dedicated faculty, each resident is responsible for a minimum of three case reports and one quality improvement project per year and a research project over the course of three years.


We provide experience with various simulators throughout your residency at our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Learn more about the sim lab.