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Internal Medicine Residency Program


The University of Iowa - Des Moines Internal Medicine Residency Program is committed to your success. Each year we offer 10 categorical and 2 preliminary year residency positions. We have created a flexible program with a wide range of elective training opportunities, tailored to fit your individual needs and professional goals. We have a strong tradition of preparing residents for careers as general internists capable of practice in a wide variety of settings, both urban and rural, as well as hospitalists. In addition, our residents have been extremely successful matching into often highly competitive fellowship programs.

Our fully accredited three-year residency training program is a cooperative effort involving the University of Iowa and three Des Moines medical centers: Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Broadlawns Medical Center and the Des Moines Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These three institutions provide our residents with a unique opportunity to train in three outstanding, University-affiliated medical centers with a diverse patient population.

Outstanding Academics & Faculty

All rotations are taught by board certified faculty who participate in regular faculty development programs to further develop their supervision and teaching skills. The extensive formal education program covers a broad range of topics from general medicine and the internal medicine subspecialities. The curriculum also addresses topics from a variety of other disciplines.

Patient Care Responsibility

Residents work one-on-one with faculty during clinical rotations. Patients admitted to inpatient teaching services are always cared for by medical students and residents working with one teaching staff physician. Residents write all orders for patients assigned to their care.

Ample Procedures

A real strength of the University of Iowa - Des Moines Internal Medicine Residency Program is the procedural experience. You'll master those procedures required by the American Board of Internal Medicine and achieve a superior level of proficiency in performing a wide variety of procedures.

Critical Care Training

Residents are required to maintain ACLS certification and demonstrate mastery of airway management, mechanical ventilator management and hemodynamic monitoring of critically ill patients. Residents can also obtain ATLS certification during residency training.

A number of program graduates have chosen a hospitalist career path after residency training and report that the hospital and critical care training they received prepared them well for this career path.

Ambulatory Internal Medicine

One of the highlights of our residency program is the General Internal Medicine teaching division and outstanding general internist teachers, role models and mentors. The continuity of care clinics in which our residents participate provide excellent exposure to a wide variety of ambulatory patient concerns and provide a wonderful opportunity to learn health prevention and health maintenance skills.

Fellowship Training

Over one-third of our graduates have gone on to pursue subspecialty fellowship training, securing positions at very competitive fellowship programs across the country. Learn more about our graduates.

Research Opportunities

There are tremendous opportunities for research available to residents in the program with excellent advisors and mentors to support and encourage those who elect to participate.

Career Guidance

You will work with faculty advisors, the program director and administrative staff to help discuss and refine your career plans. The program provides a yearly career planning seminar that specifically reviews the process and timeline of the job and fellowship application process.

You'll receive assistance in:

  • identifying and locating practice opportunities
  • developing an appropriate curriculum vitae
  • securing appropriate recommendations and letters of reference
  • guidance in job and fellowship interviews.

Outside of Work

The residency program sponsors a variety of fun social events throughout the calendar year. These include the welcoming picnic in late June, a golf and tennis outing for residents and faculty in July, an Iowa Cubs baseball game in August, an annual Internal Medicine residents vs Surgery residents softball game and picnic in the fall, a holiday party in December and a wonderful graduation ceremony and dinner every June to honor graduating residents.

In addition to these planned events, there a host of other resident-initiated parties, dinners and social events including group outings to touring plays, concerts and sporting events.

There really is no shortage of things to see and do with family and friends within and outside the residency program while training in Des Moines.

Take that Next Step

We invite you to learn more about the University of Iowa - Des Moines Internal Medicine Residency Program. You have the opportunity to grow in a program with a strong academic center, a pleasant and flexible working environment and a diverse patient population. If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to contact us.