General Surgery Residency - Categorical Position

General Surgery Residency - Categorical Position

The general surgery resident provides direct patient care, under the supervision of attending medical staff, while participating in training for a career in surgery. The resident will assist with admissions, consultations, evaluations and with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT: It is the obligation of each employee of Mercy Medical Center to abide by and promote the mission and core values of the Spirit of Mercy.

CORPORATE POLICY STATEMENT: It is the obligation of each employee of Mercy Medical Center to comply with Mercy’s mission, values, standards of conduct, policies, procedures and related practices (e.g., Dress Code, Time and Attendance, and other policies).

HIPAA SECURITY COMPLIANCE: Security Access: High “Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the Mercy Medical Center Security Policies as it applies to their job role.”

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Under the direction of program faculty:

  • Manage surgical problems based on knowledge of basic and clinical sciences.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and deductive reasoning in making effective decisions for patient management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the psychomotor skills required of a competent general surgeon.
  • Teach basic surgical skills to medical students, interns, and other residents within the context of the residency program.
  • Collaborate effectively, and share knowledge with colleagues and other allied health professionals.
  • Make sound, ethical and legal judgments in the practice of general surgery.
  • Provide cost effective care to general surgical patients.
  • Educate patients and their families concerning health care needs.
  • Participate in opportunities for continuing education to promote
  • Continue personal and professional growth.
  • Read, interpret, and participate in clinical and/or educational research when appropriate. • Participate in community and professional organizations.


  • Must have a diploma as a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy from an accredited American graduate school of medicine or certification from ECFMG.
  • Must be able to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Iowa at the appropriate time during the program.
  • Must be able to maintain participating provider status with Medicare and Medicaid programs and not have been excluded from participation in any federally-funded health care program, including Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Must be able to obtain applicable state drug permits.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Certifications
  • Must be ACLS certified prior to beginning residency program.
  • Must be ATLS certified no later than six months after hire.
  • MANDATORY REPORTER • Proof of completion of mandatory reporter abuse training specific to population served within three months of hire.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS: (Constant = 67-100% of work day, Frequent = 34-66% of work day, Occasional = 33% of work day) Constant: • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances. • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly. • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal range. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, i.e., auscultation of breath sounds, blood pressures. • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips, i.e. nursing assessments. Frequent: • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time. • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. Occasional: • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest or knee or knees. • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm. Requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.

PHYSICAL DEMAND REQUIREMENTS: Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. If patient is unable to function independently, a mechanism/assistive device and/or additional personnel must be utilized. If an object requires lifting > 50 pounds, additional equipment/personnel must also be utilized.

VISUAL ACUITY REQUIREMENTS: Work involves the accurate use of sharps and instruments, to assist with procedures to provide treatments to patients. Work requires close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


  • Adaptability to accept responsibility for the medical direction, and control of the medical care provided.
  • Ability to maintain both a high standard of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers, patients and families and satisfactory job performance despite the stress of a health care environment.
  • Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure.
  • Ability to attend to the needs or request of people, beyond giving or receiving instructions.
  • Ability to adapt to situations involving the interpretation of feelings, ideas, or facts in terms of personal viewpoint.
  • Ability to influence people in their opinions, attitudes or judgments about ideas or things. Ability to adapt to making generalizations, evaluations or decisions based on sensory or judgmental criteria.
  • Ability to adapt to making generalizations, evaluations or decisions based on measurable or verifiable criteria.
  • Ability to adapt to situations requiring precise attainment of set limits/standards.


  • Standard medical and nursing equipment and special equipment found in the assigned area. WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • This physician has been identified as having the likelihood of occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials and, therefore, these materials are included in the OSHA Exposure Control Plan with all its specifications for preventing contact with the above materials.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: This physician will report to the Program Director of General Surgery. The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for this job. It is not intended to be a complete statement of duties.


MercyOne Des Moines/PHC Consortium has an immediate opening for a qualified categorical PGY-2 surgery resident. PGY-1 training (prelim or categorical) must have been completed within past 2 years for the application to be considered.

How To Apply:

Please email application including cover letter, CV, PGY-1 training certificate program coordinator.

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  • Published

    Aug 16, 2022

  • Main Location

    Des Moines, Iowa

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