GME Internal Medicine FAQs

What kind of teaching experience will I obtain at your community hospital?

Inpatient rotations are divided into Geographic Rounding viz. Medicine floor (pneumonia, cellulitis, UTI, geriatrics), TCU (step down from ICU with more acutely ill patients on chronic ventilators, tracheotomy tubes, acute alcohol withdrawal, DKA), Neurology (daily rounds with Stroke Neurologist), Heart hospital (CHF, CP rule outs, A fib) and Oncology.  Each resident will rotate through the floors one or more times during their residency.  Each inpatient medicine team will have a Mercy employed Hospitalist as their attending, a senior resident, intern and often a medical student.  Some teams have a Pharmacy team that joins them on rounds.

Other inpatient months include CVICU and ICU which are staffed by Cardiologists and Intensivists respectively.   Night float consists of a senior resident and intern team.  Mercy employed Hospitalist Nocturnists staff patients with the night float team.

Elective months are divided into time spent with Primary Care Physicians in their offices, rotating through the JFK community clinic and rotations with specialists in their offices.  These specialties include ID, Oncology, Dermatology, GI, Renal, Pulmonary, Cardiology, Urology, Wound Care, Rheumatology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Endocrinology.   There is an Emergency Room rotation done in your intern year.

What is the average day like?

The typical inpatient ward day is from 7 a.m. with sign out to Long Call at 4:30 p.m.  The Long Call system is outlined in the Training Experience section.  You will receive new patients from the Night Float team as well as from your attending physician.  Bedside rounding usually begins at 9am, starting with Social Work Rounds where the team meets with the care coordinators about each patient.  Residents typically round until noon where they break for noon conference. Afternoon Admissions start at 1pm.

Elective months start and end at the discretion of each Primary Care or Specialty attending. Emergency Room months do have some evening shifts.

Is St. Louis family friendly?

St Louis is a great place to raise a family.  The combined city and county population is around 1.3 million.

Myseum, The Magic House, The Transportation Museum, City Museum are a few of the fun places you can take your small children to on days too hot or cold to be outside.  There is always Six Flags for those adrenaline junkies.

We have the Katy Trail for bike enthusiasts. Forest Park is a great place to walk or relax and boasts its annual balloon race. Nearby State Parks include Pierre Marquette and Castlewood for hiking or mountain biking. 

There is music and food trucks in the summer at the Zoo, Art Museum and many other neighborhood parks. 

There are fantastic Farmer’s Markets in many suburbs in the summer.  

The Muny, Fox, Sheldon, Peabody and many other theatres offer musicals, plays and symphonies. 

We have our beloved Cardinals at Busch Stadium as well at the Blues for sports enthusiasts.  

There is a “coach” system in place in the Residency Program which partners an intern with a senior resident.  This is to help those interns who are new to the city with work and play related questions.

What kinds of job opportunities are present for residents who graduate from your program?

Our program was established in 1961.  Many of our graduates have entered Primary Care practice within our Mercy Medical Group.  Our current Hospitalist program has 8 prior graduates on staff. 

We have had many residents placed in fellowships including Cardiology, Heme-Onc, Critical Care, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, GI, Pulmonary and Allergy and Immunology.  See Career Destinations.

Will I be able to work at Mercy Virtual?

A curriculum elective is in the works - stay tuned! Anyone interested in touring the facility or shadowing on their off time can arrange this with the Internal Medicine Faculty.

How do I apply to your program in Internal Medicine?

Applications are through ERAS only.