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The Mercy Fort Smith Internal Medicine & Family Medicine Residency Program(s) are pending accreditation.

Internal Medicine Residency

The mission of the Mercy Fort Smith Internal Medicine Residency Program is to develop internal medicine physicians who are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of in-patient and outpatient care. Our program is a community care program focused on providing quality, evidence-based, and personalized patient care to the patients of the Fort Smith, Arkansas service area. We recruit residents who embody the tenets of the internal medicine physician and the Mercy Health Ministry. Every effort is made to construct a custom curriculum for each resident based on his or her personal and professional goals.

Internal Medicine Coordinator Contact: internalmedresfs@mercy.net

Inpatient Services Rotation

  • The residents will have three blocks of inpatient medicine during PGY-1 & PGY-2 years, in addition to two blocks in their third year with a day float rotation. All inpatient medicine rotations will be at the Mercy Fort Smith location with teaching at bedside by hospitalist teaching faculty.
  • Residents will have an opportunity to work on the critical care units in each PGY year with an intensivist.
  • The program has a night-float system and electronically based sign-out system to meet the ACGME duty hour requirements, providing effective and safe transitions of care.
  • The subspecialty rotation of Neurology and Infectious Disease will be 100% inpatient experience. 

Outpatient Services Rotation

  • Subspecialty rotations: Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology and Hematology/Oncology rotations will have a balance of inpatient/outpatient experience.
  • Rheumatology and Endocrinology will be full outpatient experience.
  • Residents will have a half day clinic block of ambulatory medicine experience each week with a two-week continuity clinic rotation in the residents’ 2nd and 3rd years. 

Schedule Details

  • Residents are provided a unique Geriatric rotation with exposure to outpatient Geriatrics, Hospice, Palliative Care, nursing home rounds and inpatient rehab.
  • Residents are allowed to moonlight beginning in their PGY-2 year with approval of the Program Director.
  • Residents will have protected time in their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years to work on scholarly activity.
  • There are 4 weeks of night float annually.
  • No more than 80 hours per week is spent on patient care duties.
  • Residents have at least one full day out of seven free of patient care and responsibilities.

Elective Months

Electives occur in the primary care and specialty offices (which may include inpatient consults). Mercy Hospital Fort Smith is a part of a larger Mercy community with options for electives at other Mercy locations.

Residents will have opportunities with physicians at Mercy for electives in:

  • Psychiatry
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Women’s Health
  • ENT
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Didactic Syllabus

The didactic program consists of five dedicated and protected hours of weekly academic conferences each week.

  • Daily: Morning Report on inpatient
  • Weekly: Basic Science Lecture, Board Prep (utilizing MKSAP), Specialty Conference, Residents Conference
  • Monthly: Grand Rounds, Journal Club and M&M Conference
  • Quarterly: Simulation