Curriculum |

Curriculum

The Transitional Year Residency Program provides an excellent combination of required experiences and elective rotations that allow residents to tailor the curriculum to meet their needs. All residents will develop the fundamental clinical skills that are the core of transitional year residency training.

Required Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, Ambulatory Medicine and Emergency Medicine experiences provide the transitional year resident the opportunity:

  • To evaluate patients with a vast array of pathology
  • To direct assessment and treatment of patients under the supervision of senior residents and faculty
  • To learn proper documentation of patient care in the medical record system
  • To work in interdisciplinary teams
  • To contribute to hospital quality and patient safety improvement efforts

Well-Rounded Individualized Curriculum

4 Weeks - Inpatient Pediatrics

Residents will work on an inpatient team with a pediatric hospitalist attending physician, a senior pediatrics resident, a pediatrics intern, and two third-year medical students at Blank Children's Hospital. Great patient variety is available and the average intern census is 4-6 patients.

Night call experience: One week night coverage (five nights); three weeks day only coverage.

4 Weeks - Surgery

Residents complete a surgery rotation at Iowa Methodist Medical Center,  that includes both trauma and general surgery components. The general surgery component provides maximal operative experience with an excellent variety of surgeries and surgical pathology available.  The trauma surgery component provides an opportunity to evaluate, triage, stabilize and manage a wide variety of patients presenting after major trauma to Iowa Methodist's Trauma Center.

Night call experience: 12-hour night shift on Friday and Saturday one weekend during month.

4 Weeks - Critical Care

Residents work in the Medical ICU at Iowa Methodist Medical Center Medical, under the direction of a senior medicine resident and board-certified critical care teaching faculty. Extensive procedural experience is provided. A variety of patients with multisystem disorders and patients requiring mechanical ventilation and hemodynamic support will be encountered. 

Night call experience: No overnight call.

12 Weeks - Inpatient General Medicine

Residents complete three inpatient general medicine rotations at our three affiliated teaching hospitals: Iowa Methodist, Broadlawns, and the VA Medical Center. These experiences provide residents an outstanding variety of patient pathology with excellent senior resident supervision and strong faculty teaching.  Daily noon conferences, weekly grand rounds conferences, and monthly journal club and morbidity and mortality conferences assure excellent didactics during these experiences.

Night call experience: Veterans Affairs Medical Center: Short call either Friday, Saturday or Sunday each week.

Broadlawns Medical Center: No nights but mixture of short and long (into evening) call days.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center: During four weeks will work Saturday or Sunday 12-hour night or day call shifts.

6 Weeks - Ambulatory Internal Medicine

Residents work in the outpatient clinics with core ambulatory medicine faculty seeing a wide variety of patients. Patients presenting for health maintenance, minor acute concerns and more major acute problems will be seen during the month. 

4 Weeks - Emergency Medicine

Residents work in the emergency room of the very busy Trauma Center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Residents work at least 14 ten-hour shifts during this rotation and participate in the triage and evaluation of patients presenting with a variety of acute medical and surgical concerns. The rotation includes assessment and management of patients presenting  with a wide variety of acute medical concerns, patients with minor trauma (lacerations, sprains, strains, fractures, etc.) and patients suffering more serious trauma-related injuries. 

2 Weeks - Night Medicine

Residents will work five nights per week during the night medicine rotation under the direct supervision of hospitalist teaching faculty at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Responsibilities include providing coverage for patients previously admitted to the inpatient medicine teaching services at Iowa Methodist while also evaluating and treating new patients requiring overnight admission to one of the three inpatient teaching services there.

16 Weeks - Elective Rotations 

You can shape the remaining 16-weeks of your residency training through your choice of elective rotations, to help assure that the curriculum meets your individual needs and goals.

A wide variety of additional training experiences are available in a broad mix of specialties including: 

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Nephrology, Neurology
  • Women's Health
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology Vascular Surgery. 

Locations

Total Weeks: 

40 Weeks - Iowa Methodist Medical Center
4 Weeks- Blank Children's Hospital
4 Weeks - Broadlawns Medical Center
4 Weeks - VA Central Iowa Healthcare System

Elective Rotations

A wide variety of elective rotations are available depending on your interest and future career plans. You may repeat any of the required experiences as elective options. There are also a number of additional experiences in pediatrics, general surgery and the surgical specialties, internal medicine and the medicine subspecialty areas. There are no night or weekend call responsibilities during these elective rotation experiences.

A brief description of each of the elective rotation options is provided below.

Adolescent Medicine

Participate in a variety of outpatient adolescent medicine clinic experiences, including Blank Children's Hospital adolescent clinic, Polk County Public Health Department and other community-based programs including school-based clinics and Planned Parenthood clinics. 

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Participate in outpatient pediatric clinics in the Blank Children's Clinic area and in the Blank emergency room area working with general pediatric and pediatric emergency room faculty. 

Anesthesiology

Participate in a wide variety of operative cases including: pediatric cases, general surgery cases or a variety of specialty surgery cases including cardiac, vascular, thoracic, orthopedic, urologic and neurosurgical cases.  There will definitely be opportunities to perform procedures such as endotracheal intubations, central line placements, arterial line placements, etc. 

Cardiology

Work with cardiology faculty participating in a variety of patient care activities including office evaluations, hospital admissions and consultations, and review of non-invasive cardiac studies including EKGs, Holter monitor studies, nuclear cardiology studies and echocardiograms. 

Dermatology

Work with dermatology faculty participating in a variety of activities. This includes evaluation of new patients seeking dermatology consultation, seeing patients returning for follow-up care of chronic dermatology concerns and participating in a variety of minor surgical procedures conducted in the office setting.  There is also an opportunity to participate in review of dermatopathology studies during this rotation. 

Gastroenterology

Work with The Iowa Clinic gastroenterologists on a busy hospital consultation service at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.  There is an opportunity to see a wide variety of patients with gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic concerns.  Patients will be seen and then staffed with a member of the group so there is extensive one-on-one teaching provided, including an opportunity to review multiple radiology studies and to participate in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures.

Hematology-Oncology

Work one-on-one with a hematology-oncology faculty physician at the John Stoddard Cancer Treatment Center on the Iowa Methodist Medical Center campus. There will be an opportunity to see patients with both hematology concerns and patients presenting with a wide variety of cancers.  Patients will mostly be seen in the outpatient clinic setting but there will also be an opportunity to see new hospitalized patients referred for hematology-oncology consultation. 

Hospice/Palliative Care

You will work with members of the palliative care team at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. There will be opportunities to assist in evaluation and care of both patients referred for palliative care consultation and patients referred for hospice care.  Patients will be seen at Iowa Methodist Medical Center or at the Taylor House hospice facility that is affiliated with Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Residents will be provided readings on important end-of-life care topics and on hospice eligibility and benefits concerns to review during the rotation. 

ICU/Critical Care IMMC

Participate in an additional elective experience in critical care at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.  You will see and care for a wide variety of critical care patient problems. You will gain additional experience in performing endotracheal intubations, managing ventilators and completing a wide variety of invasive procedures during this rotation. 

Infectious Disease

Participate on the Infectious Disease Consult Service at Iowa Methodist Medical Center with an opportunity to work one-on-one with the ID Service Consult Staff Physician for the month. You can see a large number of hospitalized patients presenting with an array of ID-related concerns. There will also be an opportunity to participate in some outpatient clinics that allow for exposure to chronic ID concerns like the patient with HIV infection and follow-up of patients seen in the hospital who return for post-hospital care. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

You can learn to care for critically ill newborns, increase their skill in ventilation and learn application of physiologic principles in critical care. They will be responsible for the care of selected critically ill neonates under the supervision of senior pediatric residents and staff neonatologists. You will also participate in twice-weekly morning report, daily noon conference and weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds conferences. 

Nephrology

You can participate on the Nephrology Consult Service at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and be provided an opportunity to work one-on-one with the Nephrology Service consult Staff Physician for the month. They will see a large number of hospitalized patients presenting with a vast array of renal concerns. There will also be an opportunity to participate in some outpatient clinics that allow for exposure to proper diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic nephrology concerns. 

Neurology

Participate in a rotation seeing patients presenting to clinic with new neurology concerns or follow-up of known neurology problems, and patients hospitalized at Iowa Methodist Medical Center needing neurologic consultation.  There will be extensive opportunities to review neuroimaging studies and, if requested, an opportunity to review other neurologic diagnostic studies such as EEG and EMG-NCV studies.

OB-GYN / Women's Health

Participate in a variety of obstetrics, general gynecology, high risk OB and family planning clinics. There will also be an opportunity to participate in delivery of infants on the Obstetrics service if desired. 

Ophthalmology

Choose to work in several different ophthalmology clinic settings. Gain experience evaluating patients presenting with a wide variety of eye complaints.  You can also choose to gain special experience in proper evaluation and treatment of diseases of the retina, pediatric eye diseases, and even oculoplastic concerns.  A teaching syllabus and various visual aids are available to supplement the learning experience. 

Orthopedics

During this rotation, you will work with orthopedics teaching faculty.  See patients presenting to the ER with acute musculoskeletal injuries, participate in several half-day general orthopedics clinics, and see hospitalized patients referred for orthopedic evaluation.  A syllabus of assigned readings will be provided for review during the rotation. 

Pathology

During this rotation, you can work in several different areas including: reviewing hematology studies (peripheral blood smears, bone marrow results, etc.), participating in anatomic pathology studies, reviewing surgical pathology specimens, and working in different areas of the clinical laboratory. If you choose this elective rotation, you will meet with the pathology rotation director prior to the rotation to plan your schedule of activities. 

Plastic Surgery

During this rotation you will work with The Iowa Clinic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery group. There will be an opportunity to see and evaluate patients in clinic and to participate in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in the outpatient clinic and OR settings. 

Pulmonary Medicine

Work with pulmonologists from the The Iowa Clinic Lung Center on a busy hospital specialty service at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. There is a great variety of patients with varied pathology on the service. Supervision and teaching will be provided by one member of the group and there is extensive one-on-one teaching provided. There will be opportunities to review multiple radiology studies, review pulmonary function test results and participate in diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy procedures. 

Radiation Oncology

Work one-on-one with one of the staff physicians at the John Stoddard Radiation Oncology Center on the campus of Iowa Methodist Medical Center. There will be an opportunity to see patients presenting for radiation treatment for a wide variety of different cancers. Patients will mostly be seen in the outpatient clinic setting but there will also be an opportunity to see new hospitalized patients referred for consultation. Participate in the weekly multi-disciplinary Tumor Board Conferences. 

Radiology

You may choose to concentrate on one area or complete one-week blocks in several different areas, including interventional radiology, body CT/ultrasound, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology and pediatric radiology. If you choose this elective rotation, you will meet with the radiology rotation director prior to the start of the rotation to plan your schedule for the month.  

Research

Transitional Year residents may select to use an elective rotation block to work on a research project that they have identified or developed in conjunction with local faculty. Projects may include basic science or clinical research; including writing up case reports, case series, clinical reviews, letters to editors, meta-analyses, or original research manuscripts for subsequent publication or presentation at regional or national scientific meetings. The Director of Resident and Faculty Research at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines will provide direction and support for the rotation and can assist the resident in accessing resources needed to assure a successful experience (e.g., institutional approval, data acquisition, as well as statistical and writing assistance).

Rheumatology

Work in the outpatient clinic setting seeing a great variety of patients presenting with a vast array of rheumatologic concerns. There will be opportunities to learn about diagnosis and treatment of these concerns, including the review of a great variety of musculoskeletal imaging studies and review of proper laboratory testing of these patients. Learn more about the proper role of PT & OT modalities and new infusion therapies in the care of these patients. 

Sports Medicine

Meet with the orthopedics-sports medicine rotation director to determine a schedule for the month. Concentrated training in specific areas like upper extremity, spine or lower extremity injuries can be arranged. 

Urology

Participate in an office-based urology rotation seeing patients presenting with a wide variety of genitourinary system complaints.  Experience will be gained in proper physical examination of the prostate and scrotal areas.  Review and interpretation of urologic x-ray studies will be completed during the rotation.  Experience will also be gained in directing diagnostic work-ups and planning medical and/or surgical treatment of acute and chronic genitourinary system disorders. 

Vascular Surgery

Work with a senior surgery resident and vascular surgery faculty in the evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with a wide variety of acute and chronic vascular concerns. Experience will be provided in both the interventional radiology suite and operating room areas of Iowa Methodist Medical Center.