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. An 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 health care 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

  • 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
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City

Hospital Statistics 

  • Total Beds - 240
  • Admissions - 10,920
  • ER Visits - 37,731
  • Outpatient Visits - 76,692
  • Births - 1,151
  • Inpatient Surgeries - 2,068
  • Outpatient Surgeries - 3,131
  • Trauma Center - Yes, Level II
  • DOs on Staff - 65
  • MDs on Staff - 226

Third-Year Clerkships 

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

This site schedules clinical experiences in one month increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Allergy-Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Neonatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Otolaryngology/NT
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Urology
  • Wound Care

Fourth-Year Clerkships 

  • Allergy-Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Neonatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Otolaryngology/NT
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Urology
  • Wound Care

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 have access to computers, dining room, internet, medical library, phones, printers, secured storage area, shower, study space and WiFi while on duty at the hospital
  • 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 at the hospital
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is available to visiting (non-core) students for approximately $160 per month

Duties & Opportunities 

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in weekly rounds, night call and weekend rounds as assigned
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in all scheduled didactic sessions (1-2 per week plus additional skills labs and CME)
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Students are required to participate in the monthly OMM Lab held on KCU-Joplin Campus

Unique Site Characteristics

  • BLS, ACLS and PALS certification must be current (PALS offered by the hospital at cost to student)
  • NBOME COMAT Subject Exams are proctored on the KCU-Joplin Campus
  • Orientation provided prior to the first clerkship
  • TB Mask Fit and immunizations provided by the hospital (no cost to core students)
  • TB screening required annually

Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10/2/18

Contact Information 

  • KCU Clinical Clerkship Coordinator: Angela Imes 
  • Core Site Contact: Katie Harden 
  • Director of Medical Education: Shari Smith, DO