Mission and Aims

Words most used by recruites to describe our program!The Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to educating future clinicians, physician scientists and scholars to serve the people of the state of Iowa, the nation and the world.  Our program provides comprehensive, broad-based training and is dedicated to developing confident, knowledgeable, professional and caring internists who will be well prepared for their roles in the rapidly changing environment of healthcare.  The three-year accredited program ensures that residents develop a strong foundation in general internal medicine so that they are able to address the wide range of problems encountered in clinical practice.  The program also responds to special interests of residents by offering experiences and instruction to meet individual career goals and to help residents transition from one phase of their professional career to the next.

Mission:  The mission of the program is to train the next generation of physicians in medicine who are well prepared to practice competently and independently in the areas of academic medicine, community practice and biomedical research.

Program Aims:

  • Train future physicians to be lifelong learners, committed to self-reflection, self-assessment and improvement
  • Deliver a core curriculum allowing residents to gain knowledge that reflects understanding in the art of inquiry and science of discovery
  • Develop clinical reasoning and judgement skills necessary to approach complex as well as common problems that present to the generalist
  • Develop the necessary skills and knowledge used in the areas of teaching, quality and safety,  and scholarship
  • Provide clinical experiences allowing residents to learn and practice delivering team-based care that reflects respect for patient values and preferences
  • Provide opportunities and flexibility supporting individualized career plans
  • Foster a learning environment that promotes progressive responsibility and graduated autonomy
  • Maintain a culture of wellness in which resident support, camaraderie and mentorship are top priorities

Core Values:

  • professionalism
  • humanism
  • scholarship
  • curiosity and learning
  • diversity
  • social context and responsibility
  • excellence
  • career guidance and mentoring
  • camaraderie
  • integrated collaborative learning environment
  • wellness