Four medical school graduates are accepted into Mercy’s OB/GYN residency program each year. One of the hallmarks of our fully accredited, well-designed residency is our dedicated and experienced teaching faculty members who are committed to a one-on-one learning environment. Our residents consistently mention that the Mercy faculty is extremely approachable and that this fosters a highly supportive learning environment.
Residents in the OB/GYN program at Mercy gain significant experience through a wide variety of patients, cases, and medical settings. A very busy institution located on Chicago’s near south side, Mercy attracts patients from some of the city’s newest upscale residential developments, oldest ethnic neighborhoods, and largest subsidized housing complexes. As a result, Mercy residents enjoy a diverse, generous caseload with numbers exceeding the national averages. A common refrain from residents is: “you’ll see a lot, do a lot, learn a lot, and have a lot of fun.”
Patient cases include a large volume of general gynecological procedures as well as an average of 3,000 births annually.
The Family Birth Center at Mercy is a unique, full-service facility that offers leading-edge care in a comfortable, nurturing setting. The center provides private birthing suites, access to skilled physicians (including those that specialize in high-risk patients), licensed midwives, natural childbirth specialists, lactation consultants and multi-lingual staff members. The Center’s state-of-the-art 9-LDR suite consists of 3 triage rooms, 3 recovery rooms, 3 antepartum rooms and 20 postpartum suites. The Pre-Birth arm of the Center is dedicated to the care of high-risk patients such as those with hypertension, diabetes, seizure disorders, and asthma.
The residents hold continuity clinic in Mercy’s own community health center. In addition, the residents have an opportunity to accompany the attending physicians to see patients at their private offices. The department supports subspecialty clinics in gyn-oncology, urogynecology, REI, and maternal-fetal medicine as well.
Residents are actively involved in teaching medical students from four affiliated medical schools. This includes third year OB/GYN clerkships as well as a 4th year elective in maternal-fetal medicine. Residents also mentor Emergency Medicine residents in the management of obstetrical patients.