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The Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Residency Program provides an excellent combination of required experiences and elective rotations.  

First Year

  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Family Medicine Ambulatory (8 weeks)
  • Family Medicine Inpatient (8 weeks)
  • ICU (4 weeks)
  • Night Float (4 weeks)
  • Obstetrics (8 weeks)
  • Pediatrics Inpatient - Blank (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics ER - Blank (4 weeks)
  • Surgery (4 weeks)

Second Year

  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Community Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Elective - Away (4 weeks)
  • Gastroenterology (3 weeks)
  • Gynecology (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine Selective (6 weeks)
  • Lab/Radiology (3 weeks)
  • NICU (2 weeks)
  • Orthopaedics (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics Ambulatory (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics Selective (2 weeks)
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Pulmonary Medicine (2 weeks)

Third Year

  • Dermatology (2 weeks)
  • Electives (6 weeks)
  • Electives - Away (4 weeks)
  • Family Medicine Inpatient (8 weeks)
  • Nephrology (2 weeks)
  • Obstetrics (8 weeks)
  • Ophthalmology (2 weeks)
  • Orthopaedics (2 weeks)
  • Otolaryngology (2 weeks)
  • Rural Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Sports Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Surgery - Ambulatory (4 weeks)
  • Urology (2 weeks)


  • Allergy
  • Casting
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gynecology
  • High Risk OB
  • Hospice
  • Infections Disease
  • Office Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Perinatology
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry
  • Rheumatology 
  • Wound Care

These are a few options available. 


Daily morning conference starts with case presentations for new admissions and obstetrical deliveries. We take time to discuss Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Residency Conferences follow-up on notable cases.

Mondays include Med A patient presentations and twice a month there is resident-led Journal Club alternating with EKG rounds led by a faculty Cardiologist.

Tuesday through Friday we have teaching conferences that on a monthly basis include topics from the following areas:

  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Ob/Gyn lectures and conferences
  • Practice management/coding specialist presentations
  • Psychiatry
  • University of Iowa Visiting Professor Lectures
  • Electronic medical records
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical subspecialties
  • Ancillary services
  • Resident meeting
  • Resident/faculty meeting
  • Resident Balint sessions to help us examine the emotional content of the doctor/patient relationship
  • Jeopardy™-like board review

Resident Retreats 

Each month with a fifth Friday, we gather for an afternoon retreat to focus on specific activities such as team building, marketing our practice, community service, etc. The activity is followed by a social event in the early evening. The retreats are one of the ways we get to know each other better.


Twice a year, in June and December, we schedule break-out sessions, bringing all the residents together to learn procedures, use the chart review process to examine standards of practice, learn from community agencies and participate in interactive seminars, commonly tied together by a common theme or area of medicine.

Some favorite recent activities include a pharmacy scavenger hunt, S.T.A.B.L.E. training and "Setting Up Your Own Practice" simulations.

Nursing Home

The second and third year residents each have a panel of patients. The resident rotates every month with the faculty assigned to that nursing home.