Rural Fellowship Program – Corydon, IA

This is a 4th year of fellowship training offered by a Critical Access Hospital.  The fellowship will provide procedural training in C-section, D & C, postpartum tubal ligation, upper and lower endoscopy and other surgical skills.  Obstetric and surgical ultrasound training will be longitudinal within the program.  Our goal is to have our fellows live and work  in a small town with a Critical Access Hospital for a year.  The training is geared towards skills that are needed in Frontier as well as Rural locations – especially Critical Access Hospitals.  We provide educational rotations for medical students from Des Moines University and continuity rotations for residents from the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Des Moines.  We welcome students and residents from other schools and programs to inquire about rotations.  Housing is available.

Unique Information

  • Modeled after ESS programs in Canada
  • Only fellowship of its kind at this time – for Family Medicine graduates, not an OB fellowship
  • The skills being taught are tailored to the needs of a practitioner in a Critical Access Hospital

Additional Information

Corydon is a community of 1600 people with approximately 150-175 deliveries per year. The hospital became a CAH in 2004 and the clinic a RHC in 2011. Currently there are 4 FP’s , 3 PA’s, and 4 NP’s, and 1 CNMW. The first fellow has been selected and should matriculate in 2019. Plans are to graduate 2 Fellows per year. There are 16 CAH’s in the Mercy Health Network in Des Moines and a long term goal is to expand the training program to include a few of the busier CAH’s and increase the size of the graduating class from 2 to 6-8.