The Internal Medicine Residency Program offers the following pathways:

Hospitalist Pathway

Hospital medicine is rapidly gaining recognition as a medical specialty organized around the care of hospitalized patients. The hospitalist pathway is designed to enhance the educational experiences of residents through increased exposure to settings and topics likely to be encountered as a hospitalist. Residents are able to interact with their peers as well as faculty mentors who are interested in hospital medicine.

The Hospitalist Pathway rotations are designed to help residents

  • improve their management skills for hospitalized adults
  • improve their communication with consultants and other members of the healthcare team
  • develop leadership and teaching skills
  • develop time management strategies while functioning as a practitioner on an attending-directed service

While continuing in the categorical curriculum, residents following this pathway will experience increased exposure to hospital-based medicine through a series of career-specific rotations that emphasize inpatient management necessary for providing comprehensive inpatient care. Additional educational experiences highlight health care delivery systems, patient safety, multidisciplinary care and the business and management aspects of medicine.  The Hospitalist Pathway requires residents to complete a one-on-one experience with an experienced hospitalist on a non-teaching hospitalist service in either the academic or community setting.  Residents also are able to individualize their experiences by selecting from a number of electives including Stroke Team, SNICU, Sub-Consultant rotation, and Palliative care rotation.

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Recent Destinations of Past Residents

Cedar Rapids, IA
Chillicothe, OH
Decorah, IA
Iowa City, IA 
Naperville, IL 
Portland, OR
Sun City West, AZ
St. George, UT 
St. Paul, MN
Tucson, AZ
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 
University of Michigan
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of San Diego
Wenatchee Washington

Primary Care Pathway

A career goal for many practicing internists is to establish long-term relationships with patients in the ambulatory care setting.  The Primary Care Pathway has been designed for residents who wish to prepare for the practice of ambulatory medicine and offers a concentrated exposure to ambulatory experiences over the three years of training.  The pathway is a flexible program that provides not only clinical experiences and education tailored to the care of ambulatory patients, but also supports residents by pairing them with a mentor who shares similar interests and career goals.  Serving as primary care physicians for their own panel of patients, residents in this pathway practice with selected faculty to improve and measure outcomes of care.

 The Primary Care Pathway rotations are designed to help residents develop:

  • skills needed to make office visits rewarding for both the patient and the physician
  • expertise in managing conditions common to the outpatient setting as well as in office procedures
  • an understanding of the challenges of running an outpatient practice
  • skills in teaching and research in ambulatory medicine

Residents choosing this pathway will participate in a 3-year longitudinal office-based practice rotation within the academic setting as well as in community-based private practice experience designed to address issues such as lifestyle, economics, and office management.   The Primary Care Pathway also allows the resident to pursue special interests through rotations such as sports medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, social and community medicine, and alternative/complementary medicine.

Masters in Medical Education

The Masters in Medical Education (MME) is a competitive, 30 semester-hour program coordinated through the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education at the Carver College of Medicine. Learners enrolled in the masters program take seven core courses covering topics including educational measurement in medical education, current issues in medical education, instructional design and technology, teaching methods, clinical teaching, assessment in medical education and educational research and evaluation as well as electives. In addition to coursework, the participant develops a summative portfolio project.

"The Masters in Medical Education (MME) program provides residents, fellows and staff the opportunity to develop teaching skills specific to medical education. Guided by the faculty in the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education (OCRME), the curriculum introduces learners to different areas of evidence-based assessment and educational principles, and invites participants to contribute to this growing area of research while allowing them to complete a strong portfolio. Classes are physician schedule-friendly with online options or weekly seminars after 5:30 pm. The program timeline is flexible and highly supported by the department of Internal Medicine. I highly recommend this opportunity to any healthcare provider interested in utilizing medical education as a part of his/her career."

Andrea Weber, MD
Medicine-Psychiarty Resident ('17)

Learn more about the Masters in Medical Education program.

Physician Scientist Training Pathway

The Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) is designed to streamline postgraduate training and to foster the early career development of physician-scientists who will be future leaders in academic medicine. The PSTP integrates residency training, clinical fellowship, and basic or clinical postdoctoral research training, thus facilitating the transition period between completion of the MD degree and first faculty position. Iowa’s PSTP is unique in the breadth of clinical programs and research opportunities. In addition to internal medicine, we accept trainees in eight departments and support research training with numerous T32 training grants.

Key Features

  • Individualized training for physician-scientists
  • Personalized career mentorship (program leadership, research mentor, mentoring committee)
  • Option of ABIM Research Pathway
  • Flexibility in clinical rotations and research training
  • Wide-range of training opportunities in basic or clinical research
  • Numerous enrichment activities including a noon seminar series that focuses on discussions related to career development, specific research projects, and keys to successful grant applications
  • Supplemental stipend for academic allowance and salary
    • $4,000/yr as academic allowance
    • $15,000/yr as supplemental salary stipend during research phase of training
  • Guaranteed subspecialty fellowship position

Program website

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Contact Information

Marian Carson
PSTP Program Coordinator
200 CMAB
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-6760

David Stoltz, MD, PhD
Director, PSTP Program