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Residents receive broad clinical experience as they rotate through our three local hospitals. Aside from UMMS, our other clinical sites include Mercy Medical Center and the VA Baltimore Medical Center. Mercy is a private hospital academically affiliated with UMMS and located approximately one mile away in downtown Baltimore. Residents spend 5-6 months at Mercy over the course of their training, typically two months of medicine and three months of pediatrics. The Baltimore VA is the center of the Veterans Administration Health Care system in Maryland. It is connected by bridge to UMMS, and many University faculty members are involved with care and teaching on the VA side.