CLINICAL SPOTLIGHT: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, MI
Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) provides clinical education and training through a network of renowned U.S. teaching hospitals. RUSM partners with institutions that have a strong track record of quality patient care, community service, and U.S.-standard medical education. RUSM aims to maintain a geographically diverse clinical network aligned with the student population, with primary focus on quality over quantity. Ross's clinical program constitutes more than half of a student’s medical education, so RUSM is committed to providing clinical experiences that are consistent across sites, with healthcare institutions that meet RUSM’s standards for excellence.
At a Glance: A Leading Michigan Teaching Hospital
Established in 1927, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is a long-time healthcare provider in Oakland County. A 443-bed comprehensive community and teaching hospital, SJMO is ranked in the top five percent of hospitals across the nation for clinical excellence and women’s health, and has earned a position among the top 50 US cardiovascular programs. It has also been recognized as a leader in patient safety and quality, palliative care, pulmonology, and various forms of orthopedic surgery, including knee and hip procedures, joint replacement, and spine surgery. Explore SJMO’s recent quality awards here.
Recently, SJMO was verified as a Level II Trauma Center, a designation reflecting the hospital’s commitment to the highest levels of clinical quality care to seriously injured patients. Staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, the hospital’s Emergency Department sees a yearly average of 52,000 visits. Other hospital features include a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to care for prematurely born or otherwise high-risk infants, a nationally recognized and accredited Cancer Center, a Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, and a dedicated Joint Care Center.
Medical Education at SJMO
Medical education is central to the mission of SJMO. It is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to offer residency training in internal medicine, general surgery, radiology, transitional year, and a fellowship in cardiology. More information on medical education at SJMO can be found here.
Highly Advanced Technology
SJMO relies on high-tech, advanced technology to deliver even better healthcare. This includes:
Robotic surgery via the innovative da Vinci® Surgical System. Surgeons at SJMO are able to use this technology to make smaller, more precise incisions during surgical procedures, simply by manipulating controls on the robot. The surgeon remains in control for the entire time.
Through telemedicine, SJMO—the home of the state’s first certified Primary Stroke Center— changed the Michigan landscape of stroke care by creating the Michigan Stroke Network, a network of hospitals that collaborates via telecommunications and information technology to deliver stroke diagnoses and treatment options, even when the patient is far away from the hospital.
SJMO features a highly advanced Simulation Lab, plus a new South Patient Tower that gives clinical staff access to high-tech, patient-centered technologies.