Resident Schedules

Resident Schedules

First Year Schedule

The first year provides a balanced experience and foundation in general internal medicine, both inpatient and ambulatory. The clinical rotations are divided among Iowa Methodist Medical Center (IMMC), the Des Moines VA Medical Center (VAMC), and Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC). Inpatient rotations are generally four weeks in duration and ambulatory blocks are two weeks in duration.

The first year rotation schedule includes:

  • Inpatient General Internal Medicine, IMMC, VAMC, and BMC (16 weeks total)
  • Inpatient Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Medicine, IMMC (8 weeks total)
  • ICU Medicine, IMMC (4 weeks)
  • Night Medicine (Mon-Fri) (4 weeks total, divided into 2 week blocks)
  • Ambulatory Cardiology (4 weeks, divided into 2 week blocks)
  • Emergency Medicine, IMMC (4 weeks, divided into 2 week blocks)
  • Ambulatory Blocks (12 weeks, divided into 2 week blocks)

Second Year Schedule

The second year schedule consists of a series of subspecialty and consultative rotations. In addition, second year residents take on a supervisory and teaching role in the ICU.

The second year resident becomes highly proficient in the procedural and clinical skills necessary to manage critically ill and complicated patients, as well as further refine the skills necessary to be a skilled general internist and consultant.

The second year rotation schedule includes:

  • General Inpatient Internal Medicine, VAMC (4 weeks)
  • Hospitalist Service, IMMC (4 weeks)
  • ICU Medicine, IMMC (4 weeks)
  • Cardiology Service, Telemetry and CCU (4 weeks)
  • Night Medicine (Mon-Fri) (6 weeks, divided into 2 week blocks)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Nephrology (4 weeks)
  • Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Blocks (6 weeks)
  • Electives (8 weeks)
  • Endocrinology (4 weeks)

Third Year Schedule

The third year provides an opportunity for residents to further refine their knowledge and skills in the management of often complicated patients, and the skills necessary to direct and lead a team. Furthermore, third year residents have the opportunity to further develop and refine their teaching skills, and teach first year residents and medical students on all three of our campuses.

You'll complete the core of subspecialty service rotations during the third year. There is ample elective time available to allow you to pursue a variety of clinical activities of your choosing. The year includes an experience as senior resident consultant to the Broadlawns inpatient medicine service. 

The third year rotation schedule includes:

  • Supervising Resident, Inpatient General Internal Medicine, IMMC, BMC (10 weeks)
  • Night Medicine (4 weeks, divided into 2 wk blocks)
  • Gynecology/Women's Health (2 weeks)
  • ICU (4 weeks)
  • Geriatrics (4 weeks)
  • Rheumatology (4 weeks)
  • Hematology-Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Board Study (4 weeks)
  • Research/Publications/Presentations (2 weeks)
  • Electives (14 weeks)

Elective Options

Electives are available in both the second and third years. This will allow you to tailor your education in a manner that allows you the opportunity to refine your knowledge and skills in order to best meet your professional goals and aspirations.

Elective Options:

  • Administrative Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy-Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology Diagnostics
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Community-Based General Internal Medicine, Rural and Urban
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ENT
  • GI Consult
  • Hepatology
  • Gynecology- Intensive (outpatient)
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hepatology
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Hospitalist Medicine
  • International Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology

Research Electives

Research rotations are available. A research elective will allow you to become familiar with principles of research, including study design and implementation, analysis of data, biostatistics, and the process of writing and submitting a manuscript for publication.