4 + 1
At Mercy we have a "4 +1" curriculum, which means that you will have 4 weeks of inpatient activities, consult blocks, electives, or vacation followed by 1 week of outpatient medicine.
Dedicated ICU Experience
We have a "closed" ICU at Mercy - when you're taking care of a patient in the ICU, you'll be learning from a pulmonary / critical care doctor who has primary responsibility for the patient. Our residents take ownership of their patients and have a high degree of autonomy, fostering the skills needed to practice as an independent physician in the future.
Strong Teaching Presence
General medicine floor services are all staffed by Mercy or University of Chicago physicians. While on the wards you will belong to one attending physician, who conducts both bedside teaching and small didactic sessions afterwards. We do not have "private" doctors who admit patients to you and manage from afar - at Mercy, you and your patients belong to a dedicated member of our teaching faculty.
Daily Teaching Conferences
At noon we have daily teaching conferences led by our chief residents and various subspecialty experts. These conferences will expose you to the latest advances in evidence based medicine and will give you the strong foundational knowledge to become an indepdendent physician.
While at Mercy you will have your own continuity clinic, where you can build long lasting relationships with your patient panel. Dedicated teaching faculty staff these clinics and also offer teaching conferences during weekly lectures on Friday mornings.
Every Friday the residents on their clinic week attend Friday afternoon didactics that include clinical skill sessions with the SimMan. This provides the residents an opportunity to learn and practice invasive procedures in a controlled environment.