For Prospective Residents

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

02 Patients
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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

03 Patients
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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

00 Patients
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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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For Prospective Residents

Our residency program prides itself in early operative exposure, progressive resident autonomy and flexibility tailored to meet individual career goals. 

Diverse Community-Based Experience 

The General Surgery Residency Program provides care for patients at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children's Hospital, Methodist West Hospital,  Broadlawns Medical Center, VA Medical Center of Central Iowa and Lakeview Surgery Center.

This unique combination of training opportunities provides diversity in patient demographics where you can develop strong surgical and clinical skills in an environment where both common and unusual surgical intervention is seen.

Training Well-Prepared, Competent Surgeons 

Our graduates have consistently maintained a high pass rate on the American Board of Surgery qualifying (written) and certifying (oral) examinations.  For 30+ years, our graduates have had 100% successful completion of these examinations.  Over the past 10 years, 97% of our graduates have passed both on the first attempt. 

Approximately 2/3 of our graduates enter a career in broad-based general surgery in both rural settings and larger cities. 

The remaining 1/3 are successful at matching into competitive fellowship positions to prepare for sub-specialty careers.  Learn more about our graduates.

Early and Extensive Operative Experience

Over the course of five years, a resident will perform in the neighborhood of 1,000 surgical procedures, including 200 major procedures during the chief year. Our program stresses early operative experience, beginning in the first year. The following are an average of the major procedures for our graduates from the past three years.

     

Category

2016-17 Average at IMMC

2017-18 Average at IMMC

2018-19 Average at IMMC 

Minimum ABS Requirements

Skin, Soft Tissue, Breast

 160  154 178 

65

Head and Neck

 63 54
63 

25

Alimentory Tract

 294 268
 302

180

Abdomen

 293 331
349

170

Liver

6 9

5

Pancreas

 5 6
 6

5

Vascular

 91  81  86

50

Endocrine

 30 29
 36

15

Trauma -Operative

 16 13
 11

10

Trauma-Non Operative

 24 41
 52

40

Thoracic

 17  28  21

20

Pediatrics

 36 38
30

20

Plastics

 31 31
 28

10

Laparoscopic, Basic

165
 195  222

100

Laparoscopic, Complex

 128 107
 143

75

Endoscopy

 242  180  189

85

Total Major Operations

 1013  964  1086

850

Total as Chief Residents

 199 239
 293

200

Total as Teaching Assistant

 53 38
 42

25

Have a Little Fun

The residency program sponsors a variety of fun social events throughout the calendar year including:

  • A welcoming picnic for the new interns and their families in late June.
  • A golf and tennis outing for residents and faculty in July.
  • I Cubs baseball game and family picnic for residents and faculty in August.
  • The Annual Internal Med vs. General Surgery Residency softball game and picnic in September.
  • Iowa Methodist Surgery Department holiday dinner held in November.   
  • A holiday dinner party for UnityPoint Health faculty, residents, and their invited guest in December.
  • ABSITE Dinner following the ABSITE Exam the last week of January.
  • Family Movie Night with snacks and beverages, held in the auditorium. 
  • Throckmorton Surgical Society Annual Symposium and dinner held after symposium.
  • Chiefs Picnic, honoring/roasting graduating chief residents.   
  • A special graduation dinner and ceremony in June honoring our graduating residents.

Take that Next Step

We invite you to learn more about the General Surgery Residency Program at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.  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.