Message from UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Family Medicine Residency Program Director
Welcome to the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Family Medicine Residency Program, now with tracks at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines and Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Our Iowa Lutheran Hospital track has trained high-achieving family medicine physicians for over 50 years. In July of 2021, we added the Allen Hospital training track to our program and look forward to many years of success in Waterloo. Our program has a history of training residents for a wide range of careers. In the past five years we have had graduates practice in the following settings: rural full-scope family medicine, outpatient clinic, faculty positions, hospitalist medicine, emergency medicine, urgent care and direct primary care. Our graduates are consistently and highly recruited by multiple health systems across the Midwest.
Our Des Moines track trains primarily at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, a 225-bed community-based hospital within UnityPoint Health, the largest hospital system in the state of Iowa. This permits our residents to enjoy a small hospital atmosphere while still reaping the benefits and stability of a large hospital system. In addition to Iowa Lutheran Hospital, our Des Moines track residents benefit by rotating at other UnityPoint Health hospitals without having to leave town. These hospitals include Blank Children's Hospital, a dedicated pediatric center, and Iowa Methodist Medical Center, a level one trauma center and home to Central Iowa's largest birthing center. Our East Des Moines clinic completes over 25,000 patient visits per year and allows for a broad mix of pathology across a diverse patient population. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines currently leads the region in market share for every service line. This allows each resident to tailor his or her education with the assurances that the needed patient experiences and procedural opportunities will be attainable.
Our Waterloo track primarily trains at Allen Hospital. Allen Hospital was founded in 1925 and is now a 204-bed hospital that is recognized as a leading hospital for the Cedar Valley catchment area. For more than 40 years, Allen Hospital has provided training for family medicine residents but in 2021 became the primary site for our Waterloo track. Allen Hospital provides patient care in all service lines and offers the diversity in patients and pathology needed for a successful, well-rounded residency experience. The Waterloo track also includes our new Family Medicine Residency Clinic located at the larger UnityPoint Clinic – Prairie Parkway location. Prairie Parkway is a 90,000 sq. ft., three-story campus located on 20 acres in the growing Pinnacle Prairie area of Cedar Falls. This clinic represents a new care model that offers patients and families a "one-stop shop" for coordinated, comprehensive and patient-centered health care services.
Our two-track system has allowed us to innovate and change the way medical education is delivered. We are now able to share best practices across regions, lean on experts located at each track for lectures and education opportunities and better use health care dollars during these unprecedented times. In addition to being located in two regions, our program is also affiliated with the University of Iowa which gives our residents access to the resources and perks that come with an academic affiliation.
The best part of our program is the people. We have worked over many years to build a collegial atmosphere where everyone can learn in a non-threatening environment. Our faculty will look for ways to improve your medical knowledge and shape your education, all while focusing on wellness.
Please browse our website and reach out with any questions. Thank you for considering entrusting us with your education. Together, we can enhance our program and continue our successful tradition.
Joshua Rehmann, DO