For Prospective Residents
Our residency program prides itself in early operative exposure, progressive resident autonomy and flexibility tailored to meet individual career goals. As you learn more about our residency program, please contact us with questions.
Our Mission Statement
Diversity and 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.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Established in 1901 in a single building, today Iowa Methodist has become an important regional medical center and teaching hospital.
Located in downtown Des Moines on a 42-acre campus, Iowa Methodist employs nearly 4,000 people and has 370 staffed beds.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center provides care to tens of thousands of patients each year, providing a broad spectrum of hospital-based services including, cancer treatment, cardiac care, maternity and women's services, emergency and trauma treatment, physical rehabilitation, wellness programs, surgery, orthopaedics and critical care.
Iowa Methodist is the designated trauma center for the Central Iowa region.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center is part of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, which includes Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, Blank Children's Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center and UnityPoint Health Physicians and Clinics.
Learn more about Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Blank Children's Hospital
Blank Children's Hospital is an 88-bed facility that continues to expand to provide the most complete medical care to children across Iowa. Blank Children's Hospital is committed to family-centered healing, caring, and teaching.
Blank Children's Hospital provides a comprehensive array of medical care services and family support services including: inpatient services, outpatient clinics, pediatric emergency department and outreach services in the community,
Blank Children's features more than 80 pediatric specialists uniquely skilled in providing medical care to children. The number of pediatric medical specialists, programs and services is constantly growing to improve care and meet the changing health needs of children.
Blank Children's Hospital is part of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, which includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center and UnityPoint Health Physicians and Clinics.
Learn more about Blank Children's Hospital.
Methodist West Hospital
Methodist West Hospital opened in October 2009 to serve the rapidly growing western communities. The 95-bed, state-of-the-art Methodist West Hospital offers a variety of services including: orthopaedic services, cardiovascular and pulmonary services, emergency department, maternity services and surgery.
Methodist West was designed specifically to care for orthopaedic needs. The Orthopaedic Center of Excellence has 34 beds featuring private adaptable rooms with the ability to be flexible as healthcare delivery and patient needs change.
The emergency department at Methodist West Hospital serves patients of all ages for trauma, medical, surgical and psychiatric evaluations. The Emergency Department has two trauma rooms, two triage rooms, 13 treatment/exam rooms and ambulance service in collaboration with City of West Des Moines.
Methodist West Hospital offers experienced staff and 24/7 on-staff neonatal support in partnership with Blank Children's Hospital. The 12-bed maternity center includes private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms.
The surgery department contains 14 private pre-operative rooms, six leading edge operating rooms, a cardiovascular catheterization lab and an endoscopy suite.
Learn more about Methodist West Hospital.
VA Central Iowa Health Care System
The VA Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, is a 100 bed acute care hospital providing acute and specialized medical and surgical services, residential outpatient treatment programs in substance abuse and post-traumatic stress and a full range of mental health and long-term care services, as well as sub-acute and restorative rehabilitation services and a domiciliary.
Located on 47 acres, the VA is available to the approximately 120,000 veterans who live in central Iowa. VA ambulatory care clinics log more than 200,000 visits annually.
The VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VACIHCS) provides community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Mason City, Fort Dodge, Knoxville, Marshalltown and Carroll.
The medical center has an active graduate medical education program.
Learn more about the VA Central Iowa Health Care System.
Broadlawns Medical Center
Broadlawns Medical Center is a 200-bed acute care, community hospital, in Des Moines that is supported by several specialty clinics serving the medical, surgical, mental health and primary health care needs of the residents of Polk County.
This county hospital was originally created over 70 years ago to ensure that area residents could receive needed medical care regardless of their financial resources.
Additional construction in the 1990's expanded and improved the medical-surgical care areas where residents train.
Broadlawns Medical Center is the largest publicly funded hospital in Iowa and provides a unique and rewarding environment for learning. Residents experience a variety of illnesses and health care issues that are not common to most programs. The teaching faculty are firmly committed to the mission of teaching and "caring for our community."
Learn more about Broadlawns Medical Center.
Lakeview Surgery Center
Lakeview Surgery Center is a joint venture of The Iowa Clinic, P.C. and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines. The multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center opened in 2002 and serves over 600 patients and their families per month.
Over 125 Central Iowa physicians representing many physician groups and specialties have clinical privileges at Lakeview Surgery Center.
Learn more about Lakeview Surgery Center.
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.