For Prospective Residents

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

2014-15 Average
at IMMC

 2015-16 Average
at IMMC

2016-17 Average at IMMC

Minimum ABS Requirements

Skin, Soft Tissue, Breast

181

 161  160

25

Head and Neck

63

 73  63

24

Alimentory Tract

294

 299  294

72

Abdomen

368

 384  293

65

Liver

6

 8  6

4

Pancreas

6

 6  5

3

Vascular

95

 160  91

44

Endocrine

31

 36  30

8

Trauma -Operative

15

 17  16

10

Trauma-Non Operative

31

 37  24

20

Thoracic

22

 24  17

15

Pediatrics

43

 38  36

20

Plastics

31

 31  31

5

Laparoscopic, Basic

224

 202 165

60

Laparoscopic, Complex

116

 130  128

25

Endoscopy

181

 193  242

85

Upper Endoscopy

74

 70  86

35

Colonoscopy

107

 115  155

50

Total Major Operations

1109

 1192  1013

750

Total as Chief Residents

248

 290  199

150

Total as Teaching Assistant

59

 54  53

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.
  • 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.