Iowa Methodist Medical Center (IMMC) - Emergency Medicine

Rotation Overview

Students enrolling in the IMMC Emergency Medicine rotation MUST be at UIHC on the 1st day of the rotation for orientation and simulation. Once in Des Moines, students will work in the Level I Trauma Center at IMMC in downtown Des Moines, as well as rotate through Methodist West (suburbs of West Des Moines), and Iowa Lutheran Hospital (Des Moines's East side which cares for a higher proportion of indigent populations as well as mental and substance abuse disorders.) This provides the student an opportunity to work with various patient populations in an urban setting.

This rotation includes the following components:

1. Clinical shifts in the Emergency Department (ED)

2. Emergency Medicine (EM) related didactics (i.e. ACLS, Airway Management, Calling a Consult/Communication, Chest Pain, Toxicology, Trauma, Sepsis, Ultrasound, Febrile Infant, Headache, Psychobehavioral Disorders)

3. Self-study or guided-review presentations on core emergency medicine topics

4. Short list of readings

Students are additionally required to complete a systems-based practice project and ethics paper. Student evaluations will be based on a combination of ED clinical performance and an EM shelf exam.

Students will be scheduled for a total of approximately 140 clinical hours divided into 14-16 shifts of varying lengths (8 hr, 9 hr, 10 hr, 12 hr) mirroring the faculty schedules during the 4-week rotation.

Students will receive their final grade upon completion of the minimum requirements. that include:

1. Attendance of 1-day simulation lab at UIHC

2. Logging of patient encounters

3. Receipt of required performance evaluations

4. Completion of systems-based practice project

5. Completion of ethics paper

6. EM shelf exam administered the last Friday of the rotation

Additional information and objectives about this advanced pathway can be also be found in the Carver College of Medicine Advanced Clerkships Course Descriptions under EM:8412.


1. IMMC Health Sciences Library: Students have 24-hour access 7 days per week to the library. A student picture UPHDM ID is needed for after-hours entry. Internet and photocopying are available. Students may also call the Health Sciences librarians for assistance at 515-241-6490.

Contact Information

For further information about this rotation, please contact Wendi Kruger, at or in the Consortium office at 515-241-4455.

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