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Broadlawns and UnityPoint Health Psychiatry Residency Program Earns Accreditation

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Broadlawns and UnityPoint Health Psychiatry Residency Program Earns Accreditation
-First class to Begin July 2018-

Des Moines, IA (February 26, 2018) – Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) and UnityPoint Health – Des  Moines announced their jointly-administered psychiatry residency program earned full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Broadlawns and UnityPoint Health Psychiatry Residency program will welcome the first class of four residents into its four-year training program in July 2018.

“Broadlawns and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines have been successfully collaborating in Graduate Medical Education since 1947,” said Dr. Larry Severidt, BMC Director of Medical Education.  “Given that the state of Iowa ranks 49th out of 50 states in the number of practicing psychiatrists per capita, we are extremely pleased to further our partnership with UnityPoint Health to include education and training for psychiatrists. This is a critical component toward expanding the number of trained psychiatrists in the state of Iowa and addressing the mental health issues that we are facing in our community. ”

“UnityPoint Health- Des Moines has made a commitment over the last decade to the growth of its residency programs and being able to partner with Broadlawns to fill a much needed specialty in our state is promising,” said Dr. William J. Yost, Vice President of Medical Education and Research, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “We are looking forward to many years of committing to improving mental health in  Iowa.”

The Broadlawns and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Psychiatry Residency curricula meets all required components of the ACGME. Training for the psychiatry residents will include a full spectrum of clinical rotations in: inpatient and outpatient care for adult, geriatric and children/adolescent patients, substance abuse and addiction treatment, consult and liaison services. Psychiatric residents will gain experience in community psychiatry, including psychosocial rehabilitation, community resources and case management. Training will be conducted at BMC, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, as well as the VA facilities, an affiliated partner.  Through the jointly-administered program, psychiatry residents will garner experience with access to 112 inpatient behavioral health beds in addition to outpatient and community-based patient volumes that exceed 100,000 annual visits.


About Broadlawns

Broadlawns Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization that ensures our community is provided quality healthcare that is coordinated, compassionate and cost‐effective. The Broadlawns campus includes an acute care hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, urgent care and emergency services, lab, radiology, dentistry, crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and community-based mental healthcare.  Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to healthcare and quality outcomes earned a Level 3 rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest achievable status for a medical delivery model. Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals through its residency and fellowship programs. In 1971, it became one of the first fully-accredited Family Medicine Residency programs in the Midwest and has curricula designed to meet all requirements of the residency review committee of the ACGME. Broadlawns offers fellowship training in foot and ankle trauma and in psychiatry for mid-level providers. To learn more, please visit www.broadlawns.org.

About UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has more than 7,700 employees and 1,000 physicians providing convenient care to patients in central Iowa through our integrated network of clinics, hospitals and home care services. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is made of up Iowa Methodist Medical Center, including Younker Rehabilitation and central Iowa's only Level I Trauma Center; Iowa Lutheran Hospital; Methodist West Hospital; Blank Children’s Hospital, including pediatric sub-specialty clinics; John Stoddard Cancer Center; Grinnell Regional Medical Center; Eyerly Ball; UnityPoint Clinic; UnityPoint at Home and UnityPoint Hospice.  


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