Curriculum for Family Medicine Residency | Iowa Lutheran

UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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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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Urgent Care - Ankeny

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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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Residency Program Curriculum

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

  • Behavioral Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Community Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Elective - Away (4 weeks)
  • Gastroenterology (2 weeks)
  • Gynecology (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine Selective (6 weeks)
  • Lab/Radiology (2 weeks)
  • NICU (2 weeks)
  • Orthopaedics (2 weeks)
  • Pediatrics Ambulatory (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics Selective (2 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (2 weeks)
  • Pulmonary Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Sports Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Ultrasound (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 (4 weeks)
  • Otolaryngology (2 weeks)
  • Rural Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Surgery - Ambulatory (4 weeks)
  • Urology (2 weeks)

Electives

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

These are a few options available. 

Conferences

Daily morning conference starts with case presentations for new admissions and obstetrical deliveries. 

Monday through Thursday we have teaching conferences that  include topics from the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • 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-led Journal Club
  • 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 Wednesday, 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 and to promote wellness.

Breakout

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.

Recent Breakout topics have included community medicine, chronic pain, domestic violence, and human sexuality. 

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.