Curriculum

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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4020 Merle Hay Road
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Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Curriculum

Our program offers extensive and early operative experience and training, with graduating residents almost always exceeding the required number of cases in all categories.  Residents receive extensive training in trauma surgery, with Iowa Methodist being certified as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.

The program also offers comprehensive training in laparoscopic surgery including advanced minimal access procedures such as: laparoscopic fundoplication, bowel resection and others. The minimally invasive program this past year expanded to include a Da Vinci robotic surgery device.

All general surgery residents receive BLS, ACLS, ATLS, and  ATLS instructor within the first year.  All residents are also FLS and FES certified during the second or third year of residency.

PGY-1

  • Emergency Surgery Service/NF (2 month)
  • Trauma Surgery (3 months)
  • Vascular Surgery (2 months)
  • General Surgery (2 months)
  •  Colorectal Surgery (2 months) 
  •  Surgical Oncology/Transplant (1 month)

PGY-2

  • Trauma Surgery (3 months)
  • VA Medical Center (3 months)
  • Vascular Surgery (1 month)
  • Emergency Surgery Service/NF (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology/Transplant (2 Months)
  • General Surgery (1 month)
  • Colorectal Surgery (1 month)

PGY-3

  • Broadlawns Medical Center (3 months)
  • Methodist West (1 months)
  • Pediatric Surgery/Plastic Surgery (3 months)
  • CT Surgery (1 month)
  • Emergency Surgery Service/NF (2 month)
  • Bariatric Surgery (1 month)
  • Research (1 month)

PGY-4

  • VA Medical Center (3 months)
  • Vascular Surgery (2 months)
  • General Surgery (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology/Transplant (2 months)
  • Elective (1 month)
  • Methodist West (2 months)
  • Colorectal Surgery (1 month)

PGY-5

  • Broadlawns Medical Center (3 months)
  • Vascular Surgery (1 months)
  • Chief Surgery (3 months)
  • Surgical Oncology/Transplant (1 month)
  • Colorectal (2 months)
  • General Surgery (2 months)

Preliminary Year in Surgery

Options for Elective Rotations:

Conferences

The didactic curriculum in general surgery is covered once a week in a two hour afternoon conference. Both basic and clinical surgical topics are addressed, with residents and faculty participating in presentations. 

Other conferences include morbidity and mortality conference, grand rounds, chief rounds, complex case presentations, journal club, decisions conference, techniques and triumphs conference, liver conference, tumor board and trauma videos. Learn more about our conferences and view a sample monthly conference schedule.

Skills Lab

Residents and students work with faculty surgeons on a variety of surgical skills including suturing, intestinal anastomosis, vascular access/central line insertion, vascular anastomosis, chest tube insertion, airway management and patient care simulation using a SimMan manikin.