Mercy – Des Moines Approved for First Psychiatric Residency Class in 2018

(Date of Publication May 19, 2017)

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines announced this week it received approval to begin training psychiatric residency physicians in July 2018. The addition of this new residency program addresses a critical statewide shortage of behavioral health providers.

Following a site review visit earlier this year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved a three-year accreditation for the Iowa Medical Education Collaborative Psychiatry Residency Program at Mercy – Des Moines. The ACGME Institutional Residency Review Committee commended Mercy for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s Institutional Requirements. The residency program is a collaborative effort involving Mercy – Des Moines and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

“This program will help us address a growing public health crisis and the shortage of providers taking care of mental health in the state of Iowa,” said Mercy chief physician officer and vice president of medical affairs Tommy Ibrahim, MD, MHA, CPE, FHM, FACHE. “We are especially thankful for the state’s willingness to fund a portion of the program. It demonstrates the state’s acknowledgement of the need for behavioral health improvements.”

“This initiative represents Mercy's firm commitment to invest in mental health and establish more resources for our state,” said Mercy psychiatry residency program director and medical director of behavioral health Sasha Khosravi, DO. “We look forward to the challenge of creating an outstanding program that produces excellent and compassionate care for a population sorely in need of more providers."

Mercy has started the recruitment process for four first-year students. Students will be matched and selected in the spring of 2018. The four-year program will have a total of 16 residents when all classes have been filled. Residents will receive training in inpatient care, pediatric behavioral care, neurology, emergency behavioral care, substance abuse and community health.

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