Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many resident positions are there?

We currently have 5 available Internal Medicine positions for the 2016 match year.

Is the program unopposed?

No. Suburban has residencies in Family Medicine, Podiatry and General Surgery.

Does your program offer positions outside of the Match?

No. Positions are only offered through the AOA Match Program.

Should one of the three required letters of recommendation be submitted by the Chairman of Medicine?

Chairman’s letter is not required, but is acceptable. We prefer that your recommendations be submitted by physicians who are well acquainted with you and your medical education experiences, and who can provide knowledgeable references for you.

Must I wait until all documents are available before submitting my application to your program through ERAS?

Applications often arrive from ERAS incomplete, but the Committee waits until applications are complete before reviewing them. DO NOT EXPECT an immediate response after submitting your application. It may not be reviewed until a later date. You will be contacted if the committee wishes to schedule an interview.

What does interview day look like?

Interview days consists of: breakfast/ resident meeting, presentation regarding program specifics ( salary, benefits, etc.), then formal interview with the program director and/or associated residents or faculty.

What are the intern/resident call responsibilities?

Intern year ranges from q4-q5 day 24 hour overnight call (admissions, GMF/Telemetry floor calls) Second and third year residents take call via a night block system.

How much vacation will I have?

During the Intern year there is 2 weeks of vacation which must be taken during certain designated rotations. Second and third year residents are granted 3 weeks of vacation during certain designated rotations

Are residents permitted to complete an outside elective?

Yes! Residents are permitted to complete an outside elective with approvals from the Program Director and the Director of Medical Education.

Are there opportunities for teaching?

Yes! Mercy Suburban Hospital is a core rotation site for the medical students of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), as well as other osteopathic medical schools. You will have the opportunity to work with and teach these students as they complete their rotation with us.

Where have recent graduates gone onto practice?

2016 graduating class: 1 Nephrology Fellowship, 3 received hospitalist positions.

Is moonlighting allowed?

Yes. Moonlighting is allowed in your 2nd year with prior approval from the Program Director and Director of Medicine Education.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Nancy Finnigan, DO, FACP

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Suburban Community Hospital

2705 DeKalb Pike, Suite 302

Norristown, PA 19401

610-278-2003

mshinternalmedicine@gmail.com

Maria Pierce

GME Coordinator

Suburban Community Hospital

2705 DeKalb Pike, Suite 302

Norristown, PA 19401

610-278-2003

mpierce2@primehealthcare.com