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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 but serves the health needs of the city of Norristown, PA. There are many shops and restuarants nearby including Plymouth Meeting Mall where Mercy Health System hosts a large ambulatory health center, complete with diagnostic imaging, specialty suites and a laboratory.

Medical students who rotate through Mercy Suburban’s program benefit from exposure to a diverse patient population.

About the Institution

Mercy Suburban Hospital is a 126-bed hospital community teaching hospital with over 65 years of service to Montgomery county and the surrounding areas.  Suburban provides patients with a wide range of services including Bariatric and orthopedic surgeries and is now a new stroke center.  Suburban now offers a comprehensive cancer treatment center that delivers chemotherapy and radiation therapy to patients.  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 7:30am for Morning Report and will receive their assignments following.  The Gerber Room is located on the Medical Pavilion side, should walk towards the cancer center and take the stairs/elevator to the 2nd floor and Gerber Room is on the left side.

Procedures for Scheduling Elective Rotations

Osteopathic Students

Students who wish to apply for a two or four-week elective rotation must contact our osteopathic student coordinator, Kathy Tran ( or Erik Thorel (  

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. 

Students must provide documentation of flu vaccine prior to arrival to the rotation. They must submit required paperwork according to their school.

Your medical school will need to provide the following information to MCMC before the start of the rotation:

  • Health record and immunizations
  • Insurance
  • Letter of good standing

Electives offered to Osteopathic Students

Medicine – General Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiology, GI, ID, Pulmonology, Endocrine, Neurology, Pulmonary, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Heme/Onc

  • Typically 2 students are taken per rotation, exceptions are made if the attending approves.  
  • Auditioning students for IM are almost always accepted to rotate in filled months.
  • All Sub-I students from PCOM will do their month in the ICU.  Only 4th years can do ICU rotations.

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

  • Typically take 1 student per month, with the exception for general surgery which takes 2 students.
  • Exceptions are made for auditioning students for the general surgery program.

Family Medicine

  • Typically take 2 students per month
  • OMM is heavily used and expected of the students.
  • Auditioning students are often accepted in filled months as well.


  • Typically 2 students taken.

Emergency Medicine

  • (2) 4th year students are taken per month 

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 9-5 p.m., but a security officer is on 24 hrs 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 must wear both their medical school uniform and photo identification.  

Phones and Call Rooms


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. 

Call Rooms

The call rooms are located on the ground floor near the pharmacy department. Students will not require call rooms, but if in the event it is necessary, there are 3 rooms available and any vacant room may be used. 


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.

Medical Library

Location:     2nd floor, Medical Pavilion (near Gerber Room)

Hours:         Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Access is coded and available anytime, press 2+4 together then 3 to unlock.