Des Moines Cardiac Center
Senior residents have the opportunity for an elective cardiovascular rotation at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, in Des Moines. We are privileged to have so many of our alumni practicing in Iowa and appreciate the opportunity to have our trainees learn at this off-campus site where so many of our graduates practice. Senior residents typically elect a 4-week rotation at Methodist. The Department provides an efficiency apartment close to the Methodist campus so that residents do not need to commute between Des Moines and Iowa City. Residents typically do cardiothoracic cases and have significant autonomy. On days when there are no cardiothoracic cases, residents are expected to select other challenging rooms/cases. This rotation enables residents to do more cardiothoracic cases, with significant autonomy as well as exposure to a true private practice anesthesia group. The rotation has been very well received, and is one of the high points of the final year. Our thanks to the Des Moines Methodist anesthesia group and their surgical and nursing colleagues.