The Department of Family Medicine is recognized nationally for excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. The department is dedicated to providing primary care for the citizens of Iowa, educating medical students, training resident physicians, providing continuing education, and creating new knowledge to improve primary care and health care delivery systems.

The Department of Family Medicine trains primary care physicians. The department offers course work that is included throughout the four-year M.D. program. Twenty-one elective senior rotations give students opportunities for exposure to various Iowa communities through work in affiliated hospitals or connected facilities, in the department's model office on the University of Iowa campus, and in preceptorships with selected family physicians throughout the state. Students also have the opportunity for independent study during the fourth year.

Family Medicine Residency

The Department of Family Medicine directs a three-year residency program whose graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Family Medicine. The residency program trains physicians to provide continuous and comprehensive medical care to patients and their families. Residents are educated in all areas of family medicine—adult medicine, maternal and child health, behavioral science, surgical specialties, and community medicine. Training emphasizes the value of wellness and preventive medicine as well as curative medicine.

The program is organized as a progressive educational experience. It consists of formal teaching and clinical experiences on assigned rotations, structured conferences, and patient care in the Family Medicine Clinic. As residents develop clinical skills, medical judgment, and competence, their patient responsibilities increase. Some patients at the Family Medicine Clinic are assigned to residents, who provide medical care under faculty supervision. Residents are responsible for their patients for the duration of the residency program.

Residents also learn the principles of practice management, including organizational and administrative decision making, patient record and bookkeeping procedures, and chart auditing methodologies.

Residents are expected to take responsibility for their learning environment, to avail themselves of the department's diverse resources, and to collaborate with the faculty in order to have the best possible learning experience.

Family Medicine–Psychiatry Residency

The Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry cosponsor the combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency program. The program's residents acquire broad-based training in both disciplines, including focused training in geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, substance and alcohol abuse, diagnosis and treatment of depression, delirium, eating disorders, panic disorders, and neurotic and somatizing behavior. Graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Department of Family Medicine is located on the University of Iowa health sciences campus. Faculty offices are close to the Family Medicine Clinic, where patients are seen by appointment. The department also has community-based clinics in southeast Iowa City, Muscatine, North Liberty, Riverside, and Sigourney, Iowa.

Family Medicine Courses

FAM:8005 Medical Education Community Orientation0 s.h.

Experience in a local health care delivery system away from the University setting, between first and second year of M.D. program.

FAM:8301 Preceptorship in Family Medicinearr.

One-on-one experience with a practicing physician in his or her office; exposure to illnesses, conditions often seen in primary care; realistic background for evaluation of family medicine as a career alternative.

FAM:8401 Subinternship in Family Medicine, University of Iowaarr.

Inpatient aspects of family medicine's key components; experience on the family medicine inpatient service.

FAM:8402 University of Iowa Family Medicine Clerkship2-4 s.h.

Work with family practice residents and staff in day-to-day delivery of primary medical care at Family Practice Center; experience in the Family Stress Clinic observing family-centered counseling; nursing home visits, work with departmental social worker and sports medicine specialist.

FAM:8403 Advanced Preceptorship in Family Medicine2-4 s.h.

Experience in community practice of family medicine.

FAM:8404 Rural Preceptorship in Family Medicine2-4 s.h.

FAM:8405 Geriatrics Electivearr.

Experience in monitoring and evaluating health and functional status of patients age 65 and older in the UI Geriatric Assessment Clinic and community settings.

FAM:8406 Subinternship in Family Medicine - Cedar Rapids4 s.h.

Experience as a junior resident in all areas of inpatient family medicine, including maternity care, child and adolescent health, adult medicine.

FAM:8407 Clerkship in Family Medicine - Cedar Rapids4 s.h.

Experience as a junior resident in all areas of family medicine, including maternity care, child and adolescent health, adult medicine.

FAM:8408 Family Medicine Clerkship, Broadlawns Hospital, Des Moines Family Health Center4 s.h.

Clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient care.

FAM:8409 Subinternship in Family Medicine, Iowa Lutheran4 s.h.

Patient-oriented interactive experience in an inpatient family practice environment. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

FAM:8410 Family Medicine, Iowa Lutheranarr.

Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

FAM:8411 Family Medicine Clerkship, Davenport4 s.h.

Assignment to problems commonly seen in family practice office; supervision by residents and faculty for history and physical evaluation and diagnostic workups and treatment of each specific problem; exposure to acutely ill patients in services of medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics.

FAM:8412 Sub-Internship in Family Medicine, Davenport4 s.h.

Experience in inpatient family medicine; assessing and managing hospitalized patients, evaluating and treating patients in the emergency room, participating in call coverage with family medicine residents.

FAM:8413 Family Medicine Geriatrics, Davenport4 s.h.

Geriatric, palliative, and end-of-life care issues; assessment of competency in evaluation and management of patients; interdisciplinary nature of geriatric and palliative care.

FAM:8415 Subinternship in Family Practice, Sioux City4 s.h.

Experience as a junior resident in all areas of family medicine. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

FAM:8416 Family Medicine Clerkship, Sioux City4 s.h.

Methods common in family practice medicine; participation in care of patients seen by family practice physicians and residents.

FAM:8417 Subinternship in Family Medicine, Waterloo4 s.h.

Experience working as a member of family practice inpatient team at Allen Memorial Hospital and Covenant Medical Center, following patients from admission through discharge.

FAM:8418 Family Medicine Clerkship, Waterloo4 s.h.

Rotation at the Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center; work with patients from outpatient care through hospitalization; basic concepts of family practice, team concept in medical care.

FAM:8419 River Crossing Family Medicine Clerkship2-4 s.h.

Experience providing patient care in a rural setting; continuity of care for patients of all ages. Requirements: fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

FAM:8420 Family Medicine, Mason City2-4 s.h.

Work with family physicians on staff at Mercy or other affiliated community hospitals; management of all patients admitted by the family physicians, participation in care rendered by consultants; primary care experience in family practice office.

FAM:8421 Primary Care Sports Medicine4 s.h.

Comprehensive, diverse, and educational experience in the field of sports medicine; clinical competence to diagnose and manage medical illnesses and injuries related to sports and exercise in varied patients, recreational and organized athletes, and teams. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

FAM:8422 Family Medicine/Psychiatry Elective2-4 s.h.

Integration of mental and physical health care across outpatient family medicine and outpatient psychiatry arenas. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

FAM:8450 Continuity of Care - Family Medicine4 s.h.

Longitudinal continuity of care experience for fourth-year M.D. students in an outpatient family medicine setting.

FAM:8496 Independent Studiesarr.

Work with departmental researcher on investigation in family medicine, community medicine, health care delivery, health maintenance, and other areas.

FAM:8499 Family Medicine Off Campusarr.

Clerkships; may include community hospitals.