As the largest department in the Carver College of Medicine and even within the University of Iowa, the Department of Internal Medicine has established college-sized administrative units and processes to manage its broad scope. Although it is still one of the leanest in terms of a faculty-to-staff ratio, there are still sizable teams enabling nine divisions to meet the needs of patients, students, US Veterans, trainees, staff, faculty, alumni, research assistants, clinics here and around the state, and so many more who depend on us.
It is important that when someone joins the department that they get a full understanding of all that we do and all that is available to them to help them be successful. The New Provider Orientation was created to introduce our new faculty and advanced practice providers to those resources. Each spring and fall, the department offers an afternoon-long session with a dozen brief presentations from leaders to describe everything from our clinical scope to our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
The opportunities are as varied as our members and their career goals. Attendees learn about research opportunities, seed grants, and clinical trials they can pursue or participate in both here and at the Iowa City VA Health System. A communications team is available to help spread their good news and keep them informed. A fully staffed Human Resources team and division-level administrators help make sure they have the resources they need. A wide variety of educational activities with residents, fellows, or medical students are also available or as well as opportunities to expand their own teaching skills in department-sponsored training programs.
Attendees, presenters, and other department leaders were invited to attend a small mixer at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott. Many took the chance to engage in a slightly less formal setting and get to know each other over refreshments.
Our thanks to the organizers, presenters, and attendees. See you in the fall!