Family Medicine Residency Program: Program Director’s Message

Welcome from the residents, faculty and staff of Mercy Health System Family Residency Program, located within Mercy Clinic South in Janesville, Wisconsin. We are delighted you are considering our program for your residency training.

Our residency, which began in 1992, is a community-based, unopposed program located in a small city that allows you to take advantage of the best aspects of rural and suburban practice.

Our mission

To promote family medicine and the role of family physicians within Mercy Health System and throughout our community, state and nation by:

  • Delivering excellence in education – We believe the qualities of our rotations, didactics (including SIMS labs), one-on-one teaching, and facilities are outstanding. As part of the spectrum of education, we have medical students from St. George’s and UW Madison doing rotations with us, as well as offering Sports Medicine and Hospitalist fellowships. We also offer an annual Global Health elective for residents.
  • Providing high-quality, comprehensive care – Mercy Clinic South is the sole provider of health care services on the south side of Janesville and provides a wealth of outpatient experiences and procedures. Our inpatient team is very busy and our outcomes compare favorably with the hospitalist service.
  • Serving as a respected community resource – Our residents are involved throughout the community in schools, nursing homes, involvement at health fairs, staffing a local free clinic (HealthNet) and many other important community functions including our annual hands-on series called Medical School for Teens, which introduces high school students to medicine.
  • Maintaining a supportive, compassionate residency environment – Our faculty, residents, nurses and office staff care for each other. We work well together and often have fun after work. Our residents are encouraged to have a life outside of residency and are given enough time and benefits to do so.

In short, our goal is to train residents to be caring, skilled family physicians. We give you the knowledge, experience, and community awareness you need to become a valuable resource to patients wherever you practice. This is done in a supportive environment focused on your education. Our graduates are successfully practicing in communities of their choice—rural, urban, suburban and military/public health—across the nation and the globe.

James G Horton, MPH, MD
Program Director

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