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. The most recent five year cumulative pass rate for our graduates is 100%, with 100% passing on the first attempt. 

Many of our graduates enter a career in a general surgery practice in both rural settings and larger cities with larger surgical groups. 

Typically one-third of our graduating residents have chosen subspecialty careers and our program has prepared them well for a fellowship training.  Our residents who have sought fellowships have obtained positions in excellent, competitive programs.  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 two years.

Category2009-2010
Average at IMMC
2010-2011
Average at IMMC
2011-2012
Average at IMMC
2012-2013
Average at IMMC
Minimum RRC
Requirements

Skin, Soft Tissue, Breast

129

 154

 138

183 

25

Head and Neck

73

 66

 68

 66

24

G.I.

250

 291

 278

 264

72

Abdomen

281

 262

 271

 320

65

Liver

6

 6

 6

 6

4

Pancreas

8

 6

 5

 5

3

Vascular

101

 87

 81

 85

44

Endocrine

30

 26

 37

 36

8

Trauma
 Non-Operative Trauma

24
24

19
26

12
25

16
29

10
 20

Thoracic

30

 23

 29

 21

15

Pediatrics

46

 60

 47

 39

20

Plastics

31

 16

 14

 22

5

Endoscopy

117

 153

 161

 166

85

Laparoscopic, Basic

180

 175

 171

 197

60

Laparoscopic, Complex

88

 87

 99

 85

25

Total as Chief Residents

200

 193

 192

 245

150

Total Major Operations

950

 953

 929

 1024

750

Total as Teaching Assistant

26

 14

 35

 41

N/A

Peds – Append

15

 13

 16

 9

0

Peds – Hernia

26

 36

 21

 28

0

Peds – Other

5

 11

 10

 2

0

Peds – Ped

46

 60

 47

 39

20

Endo – Upper

44

 62

 63

 61

35

Endo – Colon

68

 89

 97

 104

50

Endo – Other

6

 2

 3

 1

0

Endo – Endsy

117

 153

 161

 166

85


Have a Little FunSurgery residents enjoy the holiday party.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.