Residency committees create continuous improvement

For more than 80 years, the Internal Medicine Residency Program has focused on equipping residents with the skills and experiences they need to succeed as physicians. As part of the ongoing drive for excellence, the residency program directed by Manish Suneja, MD, has resident-led committees to provide avenues for feedback and improvement. Committees such as […]

Residents make strong showing at Midwest SGIM

Because of the support of the Division of General Internal Medicine, six internal medicine residents, a fellow in endocrinology, and a medical student were able to travel to Minneapolis last month for the regional Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting. Each of them had an oral or poster abstract accepted for presentation. Krista […]

POCUS educators investigate ultrasound skills retention

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has proven to be an important tool for rapid bedside assessments and diagnoses. Basic POCUS image acquisition and interpretation skills have been integrated in the Internal Medicine Residency educational curriculum. The one-hour hands-on and didactic sessions occur every 10 weeks during the residents’ Y-week as it alternates with a longitudinal primary care […]

ACP Iowa Chapter Meeting, 2019

Progress is a two-day conference that draws providers from across the state, eager to learn the latest in that year’s chosen five or six subspecialties and to catch up with long-time friends and colleagues. Often it is scheduled the same week as the University of Iowa’s Homecoming or another home football game. Progress is thus […]

Bjarnason completes doctorate during residency

Third-year resident Thorarinn Bjarnason, MD, has another set of initials to add behind his name, PhD. A couple months ago, Bjarnason returned home to Reykjavik, Iceland, to successfully defend his dissertation “Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the Acute Coronary Syndrome: Diagnosis, effect on atherosclerotic burden and prognosis” at the University of Iceland. The work represents […]

OSCE gets national exposure, refines and expands again

Year Three of the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) in the Internal Medicine Residency Program brings more than a few changes. The first, most important, is that this innovative exercise has now been given the stamp of peer-review. After presenting their poster at the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine meeting last spring, Program Director Manish Suneja, […]

New Member Welcome Dinner, 2019

No formal ceremonies, no awards, no PowerPoint presentations, no speeches. Just cupcakes, bean bag toss games, and a residency program that cares as much about the comfort of its members as the skills they hope to impart. It was in that spirit that the program hosted a welcome dinner at North Liberty’s Tin Roost restaurant […]

Chief Resident Introductions, 2019-20

Mohammad Salman Ansari, MD I grew up in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Canada, where I received my Bachelors of Science from Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. At Ryerson, I was involved in teaching, leadership with the Students’ Union and medicinal chemistry research with my mentor creating small-molecule drugs for cystic fibrosis. These were my […]

Taking stock as the academic year ends

There have been many reviews and pulse-checks these last few months. We have completed our department’s five-year review and will soon receive formal feedback. Many members of the department contributed to this process. I hope that the information gleaned will assist our institutional leadership in understanding the breadth of our mission and our impact on […]

Internal Medicine Residents Graduation, 2019

During his opening remarks, Manish Suneja, MD, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, asked family members–moms, dads, spouses–of this year’s graduating class of residents to stand for recognition. Some of the loudest applause of the evening followed. It was, Suneja said, an acknowledgment that as much as the evening’s honorees deserved congratulations, they did […]