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Fundamentals Course

Spring 2021 Session:  February 22 - February 26, 2021 - CANCELLED

Fall 2021 Session:  September 20 - September 24, 2021

Spring 2022 Session:  February 7 - February 11, 2022


Course Overview

The University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to offer a unique educational experience for Emergency Medicine providers. The Iowa Emergency Medicine Fundamentals Course is a CME experience unlike any others. This two part course is based on the “flipped” classroom educational model. In part one of the course, learners will remotely view a series of lectures given by Emergency Medicine faculty from the University of Iowa. These lectures can be viewed at the learners’ own pace, at times convenient to them. In part two of the course, learners will spend one week in Iowa City participating in a variety of educational activities. One such activity, case-based small group discussions, is centered on the information gained during part one of the course. These small group discussions offer the learners the opportunity to interact directly and ask questions from the teaching Emergency Medicine faculty. Because of the unique setting, faculty will give individualized attention to each of the learners.

In addition to the small group sessions, learners will have the opportunity to participate in a range of hands-on procedure workshops covering both basic and advanced Emergency Medicine procedures. Concepts taught in the small groups are then reinforced through the use of high-fidelity simulation exercises in our state of the art simulation center. Learners will also have the ability to spend time shadowing in the University of Iowa Emergency Department, a Level I trauma center and tertiary referral center for the region. Finally, content experts including Emergency Medicine – Critical Care faculty, Emergency Medicine pharmacist, and Departmental leadership are able to share their unique skillset and insight into specialized areas of Emergency Medicine through a series of lectures and symposiums. Because of the emphasis on hands on experience, and individualized attention, registration is limited to a maximum of 8 learners per course. The Iowa Emergency Medicine Fundamentals Course covers the foundational educational material of Emergency Medicine in a distinctive format that is fundamentally different from other CME courses and will provide learners with an outstanding educational experience. 



7:45-8:00 am Introduction/Overview
8:00-9:00 am Shock (Small Group)
9:00-10:00 am Syncope (Small Group)
10:00-11:00 am Seizures (Small Group)
11:00-12:00 pm Toxicology (Small Group)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm Airway Management Workshop
3:00-5:00 pm Simulation (Shock, Toxicology)


8:00-9:00 am Eye Complaints (Small Group)
9:00-10:00 am Slit Lamb (Workshop)
10:00-11:00 am Pediatrics (Small Group)
11:00-12:00 pm Primer on ED Antibiotics
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm Critical Care Symposium
4:00-5:00 pm Vascular Access (Workshop)


8:00-9:00 am Chest Pain (Small Group)
9:00-10:00 am Abdominal Pain (Small Group)
10:00-11:00 am Headache (Small Group)
11:00-12:00 pm Dyspnea
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-3:00 pm EKG Interpretation (Workshop)
3:00-5:00 pm Simulation (Chest Pain, Dypnea)


8:00-12:00 pm                     Emergency Medicine Conference and Shadow in the ED
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Trauma (Small Group)
2:00-3:00 pm Altered Mental Status (Small Group)
3:00-5:00 pm Ultrasound (Workshop)


8:00-9:00 pm Suturing (Workshop)
9:00-10:00 pm Splinting (Workshop)
10:00-11:00 pm HIPPA, EMTALA, and Billing
11:00-1:00 pm Simulation (Trauma, Pediatrics)
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:00 pm Chest Procedures (Workshop)
3:00-3:30 pm Wrap-up

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, learners will 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform procedures commonly needed in the Emergency Department, including those that are routine and potentially life-saving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate patient care for common and potentially life-threatening chief complaints encountered in emergency medicine in a simulated environment.



Online registration available  

September 2021

February 2022

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: This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 34.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician Assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

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: Advanced Practice Providers

Educational Objectives for the Entire Series: Upon participating in this Emergency Medicine educational series, the participant should be able to:

  • Better understand medical implications and issues relative to a wide variety of diseases and disorders
  • Examine and successfully evaluate various diagnostic and treatment options
  • Exchange ideas and information that will ultimately enhance practice skills and knowledge

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