Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) - Family Medicine Advanced Elective

Rotation Overview

The student will gain an increased understanding and appreciation for the practice of Family Medicine and participate in the comprehensive care of patients. The rotation will be based at the Family Health Center on the Broadlawns Medical Center Campus. The clinic is a medical home which provides proactive, preventive, and chronic care management. As a member of the health care team including physicians, residents, pharmacists, and nurses, the student will have the opportunity to increase systems-based practice skills and use a fully integrated electronic medical record. Students will learn how to use evidence-based medicine principles and clinical guidelines to formulate treatment recommendations while working in collaboration with patients to achieve optimal health.

The student will be exposed to the full spectrum of Family Medicine including inpatient rounds (Medicine and OB), outpatient clinic visits, and procedures commonly performed by primary care physicians. These procedures include various types of skin biopsies, colonoscopies, OB or musculoskeletal ultrasounds, orthopedic injections, insertion of contraceptive device, and treadmill stress tests.

Additional information about this advanced pathway can be also be found in the Carver College of Medicine Advanced Clerkships Course Descriptions under FAM:8408.


1. Function as an intern-equivalent in both the outpatient clinic and inpatient areas at BMC.

2. Increase the student's knowledge in family medicine, demonstrating continuity and comprehensiveness of care as well as preventive aspects.

3. Increase skills in those procedures appropriate to a family physician.

4. Learn office management and utilization of an electronic medical record system.


1. Iowa Methodist Medical Center Health Sciences Library - Students have 24-hour access 7 days per week to the IMMC Health Sciences library. A UnityPoint - Des Moines picture ID badge will be needed for after-hours entry. Internet and photocopying is available. Students may call the Health Sciences librarians for assistance at 515-241-6490.

2. Broadlawns Health Sciences Library - Students will also have access to the library at BMC. It's located in the main hospital, lower level, next to the cafeteria. For assistance, students can call 515-282-2394.


Students are required to attend Morning and Noon Conferences. Both conference sessions are conducted in the Ingersoll Conference Room. Morning conference is held from 7:30-8:00 AM, Monday through Friday, and  noon conference is held from noon-1:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.  Thursday morning conference for Internal Medicine is conducted in the Family Health Center Conference Room.

Rotation Evaluations and Grading

UIHC students will receive regular feedback and evaluation from the attending physician along with input from the senior Family Medicine Resident on the service. Mid-clerkship feedback will be provided by the faculty supervising physician. A formal evaluation will be submitted at the end of the rotation. Students may receive an evaluation to complete of the rotation and/or of the faculty member(s) with whom they worked.

The final grade will be received by the student upon completion of the minimum requirements of the rotation.

Meals @ BMC

Students attending Morning and Noon Conferences can eat a free breakfast and lunch at the conferences. Students on the overnight shift are provided a free evening meal in the cafeteria. A Broadlawns ID will be provided that allows students to charge meals, when on duty, in the Broadlawns cafeteria.

Contact Information

For further information on this rotation or parking at the facility, please contact Erin Barnes, Coordinator, Medical  Education, or call 515-282-5776. Any other general questions, please contact Wendi Kruger, Education Coordinator, in the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium office at or at 515-241-4455.

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