The department offers training in special procedures that residents may pursue in their own practices. These include colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, and splinting, in addition to training in common office procedures such as minor surgery (toenail removal, skin biopsies, incision & drainage), cryotherapy, and training in inpatient procedures learned on the medical wards, such as central lines, lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, etc. Special techniques in obstetrical care are learned by residents pursuing the OB track. All residents are required to be certified in ACLS, neonatal resuscitation and ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics). Online documentation and tracking of procedures is required.
Documentation of the types of patients cared for during residency and any procedural experience is important for obtaining hospital privileges after residency. Procedures done on inpatients should be documented, including patient name, age, and supervising resident or faculty. Common procedures requiring documentation, and for which training is possible at Mercy, include: