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Mercy Suburban Hospital Medical Education Program

Welcome to Mercy Suburban Hospital's medical education program. Mercy Suburban is located in a suburban neighborhood of Philadelphia but serves the health needs of the city of Norristown, Pennsylvania. There are many shops and restaurants nearby, including Plymouth Meeting Mall, where Mercy Health System hosts a large ambulatory health center, complete with diagnostic imaging, specialty suites and a laboratory.

We are extremely committed to medical education as demonstrated by our four American Association of Osteopathy (AOA) accredited residency programs: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Traditional Rotating Internship, as well a residency in Podiatric Medicine. As part of our deep commitment to medical education, MSH offers clinical clerkships to medical students of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), as well as elective rotations for osteopathic medicine students from across the county.

Medical students who rotate through MSH’s program benefit from exposure to a large, diverse patient population with a wide spectrum of disease states in a variety of clinical-social scenarios at Mercy Suburban Hospital and Mercy Family Medicine at Norristown. Approximately 20 medical students complete rotations every month in the areas of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine, as well as office based rotations in Family Medicine and Pediatrics.

We look forward to the opportunity of working with you to lay the groundwork for your medical education during your stay on our healthcare team.

About the Institution

Mercy Suburban Hospital is a 126-bed hospital community teaching hospital with nearly 70 years of service to Montgomery County and the surrounding area. Mercy Suburban provides patients with a wide range of services, including bariatric and orthopedic surgeries, and is Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission.  Mercy Cancer Center at Mercy Suburban Hospital provides patients with the latest oncology treatment technology along with access to their care providers through the entire journey—from diagnosis to treatment. Mercy Suburban Hospital is a member of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Initial Orientation Session 

On the first day, students should report to Gerber Room at 7:30 a.m. for Morning Report and will receive their assignments following. The Gerber Room is located on the Medical Pavilion side. You should walk toward the Cancer Center and take the stairs/elevator to the second floor and Gerber Room is on the right side.

Procedures for Scheduling Elective Rotations

Osteopathic Students

Students who wish to apply for a two- or four-week elective rotation must complete the below application and submit all required documentation in order for the rotation to be approved. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the medical student coordinator, Tanya Ray, MS at

Students must make their request at least four weeks prior to the intended start of a rotation. Applications received after this time may not have guaranteed availability. Applications will begin to be accepted in May for the following academic year.
The following documentation will need to be provided to MSH before the start of the rotation:

  • Affiliation Agreement in word format

  • Health record and immunizations (including proof of flu vaccination)

  • Proof of Liability Insurance

  • Proof of Personal Medical Insurance

  • Letter of good standing

  • Proof of Criminal Background Check

  • PA Child Abuse Clearance (Family Medicine, Pediatric and ER Rotations only)

Electives offered to Osteopathic Students

Medicine – General Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Neurology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Hematology/Oncology

    • Typically one to two students are taken per rotation, exceptions are made if the attending approves.  

    • Auditioning students for Internal Medicine are almost always accepted to rotate in filled months.

    • All Sub-I students from PCOM will do their month in the ICU.  Only fourth years are approved for ICU rotations.

    • The following rotations require attending approval: Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Neurology, Nephrology, Rheumatology and Hematology/Oncology

          Surgery – General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, Anesthesia, GYN

          • Typically take one student per month, with the exception for general surgery which takes two students.
          • Exceptions are made for auditioning students for the general surgery program.
          • The following rotations require attending approval: Anesthesia, GYN, Orthopedics, Urology

          Family Medicine

          • Students will complete this rotation at Mercy Family Medicine at Norristown, the residency continuity clinic, located approximately .5 miles from MSH
          • Typically take two students per month, exceptions are made for auditioning students
          • OMM is heavily used and expected of the students.


          • Typically 2 students taken.
          • Students will complete this rotation at Mercy Family Medicine at Norristown located approximately .5 miles from MSH.

          Emergency Medicine

          • Two fourth year students are taken per month

          Psychology – Senior Behavior Health Unit

          • Two students are taken per month 

          Click here for the Student Rotation Application.

          Housing and Parking 

          Mercy Suburban Hospital (MSH) does not provide housing. MSH is approximately 30 minutes from PCOM’s main campus.  

          All students and non-patient visitors should use the open parking lot to the right of the entrance towards the back of the lot that have white painted lines. The areas of yellow lines are for patients only. Parking is free and open at any time.

          Security, Identification Badge and Uniform  

          The security office is located at the main entrance of the hospital to the left behind Java Joe’s coffee cart. The office is usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but a security officer is on 24 hours with a Nextel phone that can be paged in the event of emergency. They can be reached by dialing the operator and connecting to the Security Nextel Line.

          Medical students will receive their badge on the first day of rotation as part of orientation. All badges MUST be returned to the security office at the conclusion of the rotation. Students are required to wear their badges at ALL times while at MSH. The medical student will incur a monetary fee for any lost or stolen badges. All badges are to be returned to the security office at the end of your rotation.

          Medical students are required to wear their white coats at all times. Scrubs may be worn during surgery, ER or ICU rotations only.

          Medical students must wear both their medical school uniform and photo identification.



          Main line: 610.278.2000

          In house: Dial 4 + the extention 

          To get an outside line: Dial 8, then 1 and the number.

          To page: Dial 61 from any in-house phone then follow instructions.


          The cafeteria is located on the first floor of the hospital by the OR waiting room. Hours are:        

                  Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

                  Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

                  Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

          Vending machines are available 24 hours a day. There is a coffee cart, Java Joe’s, with food and beverage options in the main lobby of the hospital and many resturant choices within walking distance of the hospital.


          Students are required to attend all lectures and morning report, and arrive on time. Below is a sample of didactic offerings at MSH.






          7:30 a.m.

          Morning Report

          Gerber Room, MSH


          12:00 p.m.

          Noon Lecture



          8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

          Family Medicine Journal Club



          7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

          Surgery Conference

          Cancer Center Conference Room


          1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

          Internal Medicine Conference

          Talone Room

          First Tuesday of the month

          1:15 p.m.

          OMM Lecture & Medical Spanish

          Gerber Room

          Third Wednesday of the month

          8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

          Pediatric Journal Club

          Family Medicine Residency Clinic


          12:00 p.m.

          Cardiology Lecture

          Gerber Room


          8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

          Family Medicine Lecture

          Gerber Room


          7:30 a.m.

          Surgical Grand Rounds