Education and Conferences


Family Medicine residents have educational conferences Monday through Friday from 12:15-1:00 pm.

Case Conferences

Second year and third year residents present annually a clinical patient encounter in which they learned something of particular interest or reviewed recent evidence based care guidelines. They may also present a situation where an improved process could have resulted in improved patient care.


An 18-month rotating block curriculum with didactics given by faculty, residents, and invited speakers. This curriculum aligns with topics found on the American Board of Family Medicine licensing exam.

Geriatric Case Conferences and Journal Club

Every Thursday a resident will present a geriatric patient and prepare a case presentation of a topic of interest.

Journal Club

Our Journal Club meets monthly and is led by one of our faculty members.

Morbidity and Mortality

Morbidity and Morality is designed to examine, via case presentations, the successes and failures in our patient care model, with the intent to decrease medical errors, morbidity, mortality, and/or patient dissatisfaction. Presenters and audience members alike benefit from the information and discussion shared in these sessions.

Educational Sessions

Chief Rounds

An interactive learning opportunity for first year residents and fourth year medical students reviewing common hospital diagnoses facilitated by our chief residents.

Professor Rounds

The head of our Department, Paul James, MD, meets with our residents quarterly to discuss the art of medicine.

Annual Clinical Scholars Day

Second year residents present their quality improvement projects to our department at an evening event in May.

The University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine hosts an Annual Clinical Scholars Day to highlight and recognize outstanding Family Medicine scholarship performed by our residents. Scholarly activities are completed during the first two years of residency and presented at the end of each resident’s second year. The winner(s) will be recognized and have the honor and distinction of representing the University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program at the Iowa Family Medicine Training Network Research Symposium each June.

Annual Clinical Scholars Day
2014 Clinical Scholars Day winners Nicole Gastala, MD and Paige Deets, MD

Management of Health Systems Retreat

All residents meet annually for a practice management retreat focusing on leadership, clinic management, and finances. Faculty cover our inpatient services and residents also have time for fellowship during this 36-hour retreat. The curriculum provides a broad economic, legal, human, and conceptual foundation so as to prepare residency graduates to ask sound business questions, interpret financial data, and promote and develop a productive work environment in the practice setting.

Refresher Course for the Family Physician

The Refresher Course for the Family Physician is a three-and-a-half day continuing medical education event that is held annually in April and is aimed at practicing family physicians. It garners 150-200 attendees per year and covers a variety of primary care topics. Third year residents are required to attend the course and their registration is covered by the residency program. The course is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the American Board of Family Medicine Exam as well as connect with colleagues.