Message from the Program Directors
Welcome to the Transitional Year Residency Program at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Currently, Dr. Steve Craig is the Program Director and Dr. Patrick Shaeffer serves as Associate Program Director. In July 2023, Dr. Shaeffer will become the Program Director.
The residency program was established in 1991 and over 120 residents have completed training in the program as of 2022. The program is fully accredited with commendation, and we train four residents per year. Our residents have proceeded on to complete subsequent categorical residency training at top programs in specialties such as anesthesiology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and radiation oncology.
Our program has developed a solid reputation for providing excellent teaching, superb clinical training, and superior resident achievement. Surveys of our graduates and of the categorical program directors who subsequently train our graduates confirm the outstanding training available here. We hope you find the many resources on this website helpful, but please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments.
Listen to a welcome message from Program Director Dr. Patrick Shaeffer.
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