Mercy Medical Center / University of Maryland First Year Residency

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The Training Experience

Mercy Medical Center / University of Maryland First Year Residency

Mercy Medical Center's training program is focused primarily on training preliminary internal medicine residents. Our goal is to give our residents an excellent base in internal medicine through both clinical and educational activities.

Mercy provides an excellent clinical environment. Patients are referred from staff physicians, primary care outreach sites and group practices, the Emergency Department, and the Business Health Center. This diverse patient population reflects a broad spectrum of pathology that gives residents a varied and interesting training experience.

Care is taken to maintain an appropriate balance between primary patient responsibility and thoughtful supervision by the attending staff. Since there are no subspecialty fellows, there is ample opportunity for residents to become experienced in invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and to have significant contact with general and subspecialty attending physicians.

Residents will spend one month at the University of Maryland VA on the medical ICU team. This rotation helps provide a diversified training experience with exposure to a university tertiary care environment.

Residents have close contact with junior and senior medical students who rotate through the medical service. Student teaching is considered an important part of the residents' training experience.

Please Note: The program descriptions on this website are current but always subject to change based on changes to the structure of the program.

Quality of Life

Mercy's facility boasts state-of-the-art computer systems and diagnostic equipment as well as excellent availability of computerized medical resources. Our ancillary services are helpful and user-friendly, and our subspecialists are interested and engaged teachers.

  • Call has been eliminated for interns on ward rotations who can expect to see their patients in follow-up daily, complete their daily work, and leave in the early evening hours.
  • A new, dayfloat-like rotation allows interns to come to work in the early afternoon, admit and cross-cover in the afternoon/early evening, and then leave early in the night.  Their shifts include 7a-7p, 12p-10p, and 3p-MN.  When factoring in the elimination of dayfloat rotations and Q4 ward call, the number of evening shifts has remained constant, but are simply spaced differently.  This new system has eliminated duty hour violations and allows for shorter average shifts for all.
  • Night float is Monday through Saturday nights with their night off being covered by interns on elective rotations.
  • Salary is commensurate with that paid by the University of Maryland and is competitive with other training programs in Baltimore.
  • Mercy provides meal stipends, free parking, group life insurance and disability insurance.
  • Medical and dental insurance are available for a nominal fee.
  • Consultative Medicine Rotation
  • There is an admission cap (in accordance with ACGME) of 5 new patients per 24 hours for first year residents.
  • Over the last several years, Mercy Interns have worked an average of 70 hours per week on Inpatient teams and fewer hours on other rotations.
  • There is a private/quiet call room and a lounge area for our residents. Each call room has a television, telephone, computer, and private bathroom.

Events include:

  • Annual University of Maryland intern welcome picnic
  • Annual Mercy/University winter parties
  • Annual Mercy End of the Year Banquet

For more information, please call
The Department of Medicine at Mercy
410-332-9694

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