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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for my residency training?

  • Take a look at our Current Residents page to see a long list of reasons to come to MSVMC!

Do you accept DO and MD applications?

  • Yes! We welcome both DO and MD applicants and accept the USMLE and the COMLEX for application.

What is it like working at a large hospital with so many other residency programs?

  • We love to work side-by-side with and learn from our colleagues in other departments; we are grateful to have such a great relationship with the other services. Procedures during Trauma Alerts or Trauma Priorities are shared with trauma surgery based on Doc Right vs. Left (see below for more information). While on off-service rotations, EM residents are well-respected throughout the hospitals by other residents, faculty, and other hospital staff. Attendings from other services frequently give lectures during our weekly didactics so we can be trained by the experts.

Do you accept international medical graduates?

  • Yes! We currently have and welcome IMGs within our program. You must meet the following requirements to be considered:

    • ​Must have US Healthcare experience

    • Must have a valid ECFMG certification at the time of the Match

    • Board Scores – COMLEX and/or USMLE Step 1 required, Step 2 preferred.  Prior to starting residency, you must have passed Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS of either USMLE or COMLEX.

    • Visa sponsorship is evaluated on a case-by-case basis for J1 Visa and H-1B Visa

    • We offer H-1B Visas on a very limited basis to exceptional candidates only

    • No cut-off date for medical school graduation, but prefer within the last 5 years

How do I apply?

  • We participate in ERAS and go through the ACGME Match in the spring. We do not accept any application materials outside of ERAS.

How long is your program?

  • 3 years

Are you ACGME accredited?

  • Yes! We are currently accredited and in good standing.

How is your emergency department set up?

  • The ED is split up into 4 different zones plus our trauma bays. The typical faculty to resident ratio per zone is 1:3. We always staff patients directly with our attending and directly perform all aspects of physician care for our patients.

Are you allowed to moonlight?

  • Yes! PGY-2's are allowed to moonlight in-house on the neurosurgery service. PGY-3's moonlight out-of-house, as long as they stay within duty hour regulations.

Where do your graduates go?

  • Anywhere they want!  Our graduates choose anything from fellowships, international travel, and EDs large and small.  Our faculty and staff are by our side providing us with advice and words of wisdom when it comes time to make decisions about post-residency plans.

Do you get enough trauma experience?

  • We definitely get enough trauma exposure. When a Trauma Alert is called, an EM resident in the department, an EM attending, and the "Trauma Team" all respond. The Trauma Team generally consists of at least one, and often two EM residents rotating on Trauma Surgery, one to two surgery residents, and an attending trauma surgeon. The EM resident who is on their ED block is the airway doctor. The other two residents become "doc right" and "doc left". Docs right and left perform the primary survey and any necessary procedures on their respective side. Both attending physicians usually take more of a supervisory position and give input only as needed. We also get tremendous trauma exposure on Life Flight scene runs. The distribution of our trauma overall is approximately 3/4 blunt and 1/4 penetrating.

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