Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about Mercyhealth and the family medicine residency program.
How are applications reviewed?
We review every application on an individual basis. Interviews are granted upon approval by our recruitment committee.
Do you participate in the Match?
Yes. Applicants must register for the Match (NRMP). We do not accept applicants outside of the Match.
What are your application criteria?
We accept all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We do not accept paper applications. Applications should include:
- Photograph (optional, but helpful)
- Dean’s letter
- Medical school transcript
- Written personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation. At least one should be from a member of the department of family medicine at your school, affiliated hospital or elective course.
- Must have graduated within last 3 years of year matching.
- United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) score parts I and II. and a passed on CK.
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certification (if applicable).
- You must be able to be granted a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Wisconsin.
What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is December 1.
What are your requirements for taking the USMLE?
You must have passed USMLE parts I and II (CS and CK) or Comlex I and II by the rank list deadline. We may not be able to rank you if we do not have your passing scores by the time that we submit rank list (typically February 15).
Do you sponsor visas?
We do not sponsor any visas. Applicants must maintain permanent residency status.
What about interviews?
Interview season runs from October to January. There will be no interviews during the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. We do offer lodging the night before the interview.
What are you looking for in residents?
We accept seven residents each year. We are looking for applicants with a strong commitment to family medicine, good communication skills, and a strong work ethic. We consider ourselves to be family-friendly, and so also value applicants who will contribute to this atmosphere by working well with others.
Do you use a night float system?
Yes, we use a night float system for our evening/night call. Night float blocks are two weeks long and interns have four night float blocks per year.
What are your patient demographics?
We serve a culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient population, including both insured and uninsured patients.
What procedures will I learn during this residency?
Common office procedures, including but not limited to, joint injections, excision of benign and malignant skin lesions, incision and drainage, toenail removal, punch and excisional biopsies, cryotherapy, suturing, casting, newborn circumcision, insertion of IUD, colposcopy, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis, intubation, and central line placement.
Training in colonoscopy is also available.
Mercyhealth also offers training in advanced SIMS lab.
Do you offer moonlighting?
Yes, we offer moonlighting opportunities. Moonlighting can begin once a resident has completed their intern year and has received a State of Wisconsin permanent license. Mercyhealth has numerous opportunities to increase your medical knowledge to better prepare you for independent practice.
Do you offer medical student rotations?
Yes, we are a clinical rotation site for UW-Madison and St. George’s University. However, we do accept students from other medical schools that are interested in rotating with us. Students will spend time in the family medicine outpatient clinic along with a hospital inpatient experience.