Residents as Educators

At the University of Iowa Internal Medicine Residency Program, we believe becoming a skilled educator is crucial to your development as a physician.  Our residents spend a significant portion of their time on the wards teaching medical students.  Additionally, the teaching skills our residents develop aid in their development as clinicians because the doctor-patient relationship is in large part a teaching relationship. After all, the word “doctor” comes from the Latin word that means “to teach.”

In an effort to help residents develop teaching skills, residents will be given ample opportunity to assume the role of teacher throughout their time as a resident.  All residents also participate in our three-year, longitudinal teaching skills curriculum.

For residents interested in making education a larger part of their future career, we also over the Distinction in Medical Education track and the opportunity to pursue classwork towards obtaining a Masters in Medical Education.