Mercy Hospital Joplin

Mercy Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in southwest Missouri. Inpatient facilities are located on two campuses: Mercy Hospital Joplin in Joplin, Mo., and Mercy Hospital Carthage in Carthage, Mo. The system service area serves a population of 500,000 lives. The medical staff is comprised of more than 300 physicians. Mercy Hospital Joplin is a 240-bed facility with Level II trauma designation complete with state-of-the-art technology and equipment from imaging to laboratory to the operating rooms and the cancer center for faster diagnostics and treatment. Integrated electronic health record system connects patient care within the hospital, across Joplin and throughout Mercy, coordinating care to ensure healthier patients while eliminating testing duplication.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty hospitals (heart, children's, rehab and orthopedic), more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Mercy Hospital Joplin

100 Mercy Way
Joplin, MO 64804

School Affiliation

The hospital is affiliated with KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, MU School of Medicine's Rural Track Program, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Hospital Statistics 

  • Bed Capacity - 240
  • Admissions - 10,875
  • ER Visits - 37,568
  • Births - 1,092
  • Inpatient Surgery - 2,000
  • Outpatient Surgery - 3,098
  • DOs on Staff - 65
  • MDs on Staff - 246

Third-Year Clerkships 

  • Family Medicine (1 block) Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (2 blocks) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (2 blocks) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Ob/Gyn (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Pediatrics (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Psychiatry (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ob/Gyn
  • OMM
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

Fourth-Year Clerkships 

Rotations available in most specialties including:  Anesthesia, Bariatric Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ob/Gyn, OMM, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pain Management, Pathology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Urology and other sub-specialties as available.

Residency Information 

Mercy Hospital Joplin is not accredited for Graduate Medical Education at this time; however there are residency programs available in the region through Freeman Health System, CoxHealth and Mercy St Louis.

Resources & Benefits 

  • Facility Resources: Students will have access to conference room, computers, medical education library, internet, printers, study area, lounge, subject exam testing and online library resources
  • Meal Benefits: Full access to physician dining room and when not serving meals; $6 per meal allowance available to medical students in the cafeteria while on duty
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is available to visiting (non-core) students for $100 per four-week clerkship

Duties & Opportunities 

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in night call and weekend call with assigned preceptor(s) and may be required to work weekend shifts or make weekend rounds
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in all scheduled didactic sessions and skills labs; students will participate in morning report, lectures and patient rounds, attend CMEs and complete required reading as assigned
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Monthly OMM Lab held on KCU-Joplin Campus

Unique Site Characteristics

  • Background Check and Drug Screen is required for third year only
  • Two-step TB Test required within 12 months of start date and TB Screening is required annually thereafter
  • TB Mask Fit provided by the hospital
  • PALS Certification provided by the hospital
  • BLS Certifications must be current
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship

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