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Emergency Medicine Program Director, UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Job Description / Duties

Employer:   UnityPoint Health Des Moines Deadline to Apply:  August 1, 2021

Location:   Des Moines, Iowa

Specialty:   Emergency Medicine

Reports to:   Designated Institutional Official

Position Type:  Permanent

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead and shape a new residency program in Emergency Medicine within UnityPoint Health Des Moines, a non-profit organization highly supportive of graduate medical education located in a state with only one other EM residency program.  The new EM program would join well established and successful GME programs in Surgery, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Podiatry. The program seeks to ensure residents’ exposure to rigorous scholarly activity, research, clinical training, and a well-rounded practice of emergency medicine in a community-based setting. Resident core rotations will occur primarily at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children’s Hospital within UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.

UnityPoint Health Des Moines is a nonprofit organization home to four hospitals within the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area: Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and Blank Children’s Hospital, and a rural affiliate, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, approximately sixty miles away.  Combined, they see an ED volume of just over 100,000 patients per year.   Iowa Methodist Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and tertiary referral center for the state.  The group of 27 hospital-employed board-certified emergency physicians have been recruited over the years with explicit interest in education and residency program development - including contractual commitments to support a residency program. UnityPoint Health-Des Moines is a member of the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium and has been designated as a branch campus for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. A clinical faculty appointment at the University of Iowa will be included. 

An application for ACGME accreditation is underway, requiring a program director before formal accreditation, for a 3-year program with a complement of 6 residents per year.  This proposed position would include a minimum 0.5 FTE of dedicated, protected time to program administration and resident education, and aup to 0.5 FTE of clinical work in the emergency departments.  A negotiable compensation and outstanding benefits package will be commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience.  

Qualifications / Required Skills

Must be Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine or American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine

Have or must be able to obtain an active Iowa Medical License to practice medicine 

Educational and administrative experience as a faculty member in the field of emergency medicine necessary to meet ACGME program director qualifications 

Minimum of 3 years as a core faculty in ACGME emergency medicine residency 

Minimum of 2 years GME administrative experience  

Contact Information

Interested candidates must submit a CV and cover letter to William J. Yost, MD, Chief Academic Officer and DIO, at one of the following addresses: 

Medical Education Email:

1415 Woodland Phone: office – (515) 241-4277

Suite 140 cell – (515) 975-2603

Des Moines, Iowa   50309