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Message from the Program Director

Dr. Arnold EiserArnold R. Eiser, MD, FACP

Vice President, Medical Education
Mercy Health System 

Designated Institutional Official
Mercy Catholic Medical Center 

Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean Drexel University College of Medicine


Thank you for your interest in our residency. The Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) residency is designed to provide clinical education in internal medicine that encompasses all the competencies of clinical practice in the 21st century.

Our mission is to foster a collegial, supportive learning environment while preparing each resident for a successful career path. With the more than 9-year accreditation status from the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), we provide the resident-in-training with a broad and in-depth experience in patient care, medical knowledge, communications, professionalism, systems based practice, and practice based learning.

MCMC’s two hospitals - Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital - give residents an experience in treating a wide spectrum of clinical diseases at various stages. In addition to the medical specialties, MCMC faculty members provide guidance to residents in addressing the behavioral aspects of health, bioethics and biostatistics. Our ACGME award-winning innovation in Systems-Based Practice Experience has served as a model for other training programs.

Our residents are exposed to the art as well as the science of medical practice in a caring, multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

MCMC residency clinic launched an initiative to become a patient centered medical home complete with electronic health record and patient registry. Its success at reducing readmissions was documented in the March 2011 issue of Health Affairs

MCMC is a major academic affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) and many of our graduates have completed subspecialty fellowships at DUCOM. Our Osteopathic Internal Medicine residency is member of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine OPTI (Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions). Our attending staff have faculty appointments at both hospitals.

I am pleased to continue to lead graduate medical education activities here for more than nine years and to continue to help young physicians find rewarding careers in internal medicine.