Community-Based Obstetrics Rotation


Welcome to the elective Community-Based Obstetrics rotation at Iowa Methodist Medical Center! The objectives of this rotation are to provide 3rd or 4th year residents experiences in evaluation and management of labor, obstetric procedures including delivery, and obstetric imaging as well as receive exposure to community-based private practice including common issues in practice management. 

Approximately two weeks prior to the start of the rotation, residents are sent information regarding housing as well as directions to the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium Office located on the Iowa Methodist Medical Center (IMMC) campus.  New residents should report to the Consortium Office, ground level of the Education and Research Center, 1415 Woodland, Suite 130 at 7:30 am on the first day of the rotation for initial orientation.  Residents will complete required paperwork and be provided with a photo ID, timesheets, and information on charging meals. 

During the rotation, the resident will work with Dr. Paul Gisi and his associates at UnityPoint Clinic -  Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The resident will work Monday through Thursday primarily in the labor and delivery suite area at IMMC.  In the labor and delivery area, the resident will work directly with obstetrics hospitalist physicians.  They may be allowed to participate in some gynecologic surgery cases.  The resident will return to UIHC on Fridays for continuity clinic and other educational activities.  The resident will not be assigned any overnight call in Des Moines and will be limited to the 80-hour workweek and other ACGME work hours restrictions during the rotation.   The resident will participate in the weekend call pool at UIHC.  

 Housing and Parking:

While on rotation, residents will stay at the InnTowner Apartments, 1300 Woodland Avenue in Des Moines, which is located across the street from the IMMC/Blank Children's campus (immediately south).  If check-in must occur after office hours, special arrangements should be made with Wendi Kruger in the Consortium Office at 515-241-4455. Note that the InnTowner does not allow pets.  Housing is provided at no cost to the resident. Parking is located in a lot in front of the InnTowner.  

More information on housing , parking and location of the Consortium Office can also be found here.


Health Sciences Library:  Residents 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. The librarians can access information and perform literature searches for residents. Residents may call the Health Sciences librarians for assistance at 515-241-6490.

Fitness Center: The IMMC fitness center is located across the street from the InnTowner Apartments.  Residents interested in using the fitness center should contact Wendi Kruger in the Consortium Office who will provide assistance with the registration process.  

Consortium Contact Information:

Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium
1415 Woodland Ave, Suite 130
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Ken Cheyne, M.D.: 515-241-4455
Wendi Kruger: 515-241-4455

Iowa Methodist Medical Center
1200 Pleasant Street,
Des Moines, Iowa 50209
Operator: 515-241-6212

Physician Office Contact Information:

UnityPoint Clinic - Obstetrics and Gynecology
1212 Pleasant Street, Suite 405
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Office: 515-241-4000
Contact: Dr. Paul Gisi can be reached at