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Fundamentals Course

CANCELLED - Fall 2023 Session:  September 18 - 22, 2023

Spring 2024 Session:  February 19 - 23, 2024
Fall 2024 Session:  September 16 - 20, 2024 

The University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to offer the Iowa Emergency Medicine Fundamentals Course, a unique CME experience for emergency medicine providers. Learners spend one week in Iowa City participating in a variety of activities with a main focus on covering practical, up-to-date concepts for common emergency medicine topics while allowing for plenty of time for open discussion and answering learner questions. Content experts within Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine Pharmacy, Toxicology, Ultrasound, Sports Medicine and Departmental leadership are able to share their unique knowledge, skills and insights into specialized areas of Emergency Medicine through a series of lectures, case discussions, hands-on workshops and high fidelity simulation. We are able to tailor the course to learner specific needs and interests and because of the emphasis on individualized attention, registration is limited to a small number of learners per course. The Iowa Emergency Medicine Fundamentals Course covers foundational educational material in a distinctive format that is fundamentally different from other CME courses and will provide learners with a valuable experience whether you are new to emergency medicine or have been practicing for years.

The Fundamentals Course updates the course content regularly.  Here are examples of topics that have been covered in previous courses:

  • The High Yield Orthopedic Exam
  • Approach to Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Addressing Human Trafficking in the ED
  • Documentation Pearls and Pitfalls
  • ED Pharmacy Pearls
  • Stroke Updates
  • Seizure Updates
  • Airway Management Skills
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Pearls and Pitfalls with Common ED Labs
  • High Risk EKGs
  • Toxicology Pearls
  • Palliative Care in the ED

Course Objectives: Upon participating in this Emergency Medicine course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the initial evaluation, diagnostic work-up, treatment, and disposition for commonly encountered and potentially life-threatening chief complaints encountered in emergency medicine
  •  Better understand other important concepts outside of direct patient care including cognitive processes involved in medical decision making, good medical documentation practices, determining decision making capacity, practicing within EMTALA standards, and best practices when interacting with emergency medical services
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate patient care for common and potentially life-threatening chief complaints encountered in emergency medicine in a simulated environment
  • Exchange ideas and information that will ultimately enhance practice skills and knowledge
  • Become familiar to up-to-date guidelines and literature to promote evidence based practice



Online registration available  

  • Registration for 2024 session to go live soon

If you have additional questions you may contact Kelby Kiefer at kelby-kiefer@uiowa.edu.

Other Details

Sponsored by: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine.

Credit: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 31.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participate in the activity.

Content: Determination of education content for this educational activity and the selection of the speakers/facilitators are responsibilities of the activity director. Any commercial firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

Disclosure Policy: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Target Audience: We kindly welcome any learner interested in participating.  Course content has been developed to target Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants or any Primary Care Provider working in Emergency Medicine.
Many prior learners have worked in rural emergency department settings.

For additional information, please contact: Kelby Kiefer, Physician Assistant Residency Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine, (319) 384-6468, kelby-kiefer@uiowa.edu