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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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0 hr 45 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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2 hr 46 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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0 hr 19 min

UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

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1 hr 27 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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1 hr 21 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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1 hr 26 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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3 hr 15 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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1 hr 18 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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1 hr 47 min

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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1 hr 22 min

Iowa Methodist Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program Coming Soon

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is excited to introduce a new emergency medicine residency program. This will be a three-year program with six residents per year. Rotations will include the adult ED, pediatric ED, ICU, Level 1 trauma surgery service, among others. Core rotations will occur primarily at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital within UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. The program is funded and committed to by emergency medicine physicians and the hospital administration.

Message from the Emergency Medicine Program Director

Nash Whitaker, MDThank you for your interest in the Iowa Methodist Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program. As you read through our website we hope you gain a better understanding of our program during your residency search. We wanted to give you a summary of our program, culture, and goals.

We are an energetic new emergency medicine residency awaiting accreditation in 2023, with over thirty board-certified, hospital employed, emergency medicine trained physicians. Our three-year program will offer six categorical positions each year. 

We have spent years planning, designing, and cultivating a curriculum designed to produce well-rounded leaders that can excel in any environment or fellowship upon graduation. At Iowa Methodist we welcome thinkers, visionaries not afraid to question the way things are done and physicians driven to provide the best care for their patients. You will feel this innovative energy support you from every angle of our department. Our future residents are the new focal point in our mission to give our patients care that exceeds their expectations and creates a prosperous learning environment. 

Meeting your professional goals requires individualized training within a diverse and sophisticated clinical setting, and our promise of excellence in achieving those goals will require a lot of work and support. You will practice in central Iowa's only level 1 adult trauma and tertiary referral center in downtown Des Moines, expand your knowledge and comfort caring for the most critical children in Iowa's only level 2 pediatric emergency department and gain a tremendous grasp of rural medicine and its unique challenges in our single physician coverage rural emergency department. Through these types of excellent training environments, you will leave us with an unmatched skill set and confidence to become a leader in emergency medicine. 

Training in the only emergency medicine residency program in Des Moines, the state's capitol and largest city, comes with many other benefits. Opportunities for growth and experience beyond academics are at your fingertips, from a large ground and flight EMS system, community outreach programs, and mass gathering events in and out of the city. Our diverse group of faculty will facilitate those opportunities to explore your interests and establish your niche. 

UnityPoint Health has a storied history of residency education, dating as far back to the 1940s. The emergency medicine residency will join six other residency programs. This will give our residents the opportunity to build camaraderie with other residents, but they will not be competing for procedures or patient encounters. 

On your first day of residency, you will be matched with a faculty mentor based on your interests. Your mentor will help you adjust to life as a resident, moving into a new city, and provide guidance on a professional and personal level. This level of personal connection is emblematic of the value we place on each individual resident's success. We know our emergency medicine residents will excel here and find a happy balance in their personal and professional lives, an experience and skill they can take onto their careers. 

On behalf of our department, we appreciate your interest in our program and are here to answer any questions you may have. 


Nash Whitaker, MD, MSEd, MBA
Residency Program Director
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine

Exceptional Emergency Medicine Program

Our program seeks to ensure residents' exposure to rigorous scholarly activity, research, clinical training and a well-rounded practice of emergency medicine in a community-based setting.

Mission Statement

To train skilled, compassionate, and professional physicians who are leaders in providing emergency care to their communities.

Guiding Principles

  • Graduate residents with outstanding medical knowledge and procedural competency.
  • Develop physicians with outstanding decision-making proficiency.
  • Cultivate professionals who excel at communication and care coordination achieved through teamwork and accountability.
  • Recognize honesty and integrity as foundational for all members of our team.
  • Invest in the wellness and resiliency of our residents and faculty.
  • Understand and advance the needs of the Iowa healthcare community in which the residents are training.
  • Advance the scope and practice of emergency medicine through scholarly and professional work.

Program Details

  • Three-year program with six residents per year in the state's largest metropolitan city.
  • Train in the only Adult Level 1 and first pediatric Level 2 Trauma Centers in Central/Western Iowa.
  • Exceptional clinical training and active scholarly activity in a wellrounded practice of emergency medicine in a nonprofit, community based setting.
  • Unique Rotation Opportunities: EMS flight experience, rural EM, first-month orientation block, residency class retreats, and a wide array of electives with ample space to develop niche expertise.
  • Learn from more than 30 hospital-employed, board-certified EM physicians.
  • Superior clinical educators with frequent 1:1 teaching ensuring that each resident takes on increasing responsibility and experiences meaningful autonomy.
  • No competing subspecialty learners.
  • Robust, engaging and individually tailored didactic curriculum.
  • Frequent teaching opportunities with student rotators from Des Moines University and the University of Iowa.

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines represents several residency programs with approximately 100 resident physicians each academic year. Learn more about each program, the culture of Des Moines and the mission of UnityPoint Health.