Community-Based Medical Education

The Community-Based Medical Education (CBME) Division of OSCEP is responsible for administration and coordination of the Statewide Medical Education System (SMES) in partnership with the UI Carver College of Medicine’s six Regional Medical Education Centers. The SMES provides the venue for carrying out the College’s medical education activities that occur outside the academic health center in communities across the state.

The UI-Affiliated Family Medicine Training Network comprises eight family medicine residency programs in seven Iowa communities. The CBME Division administers the state grants for the program and provides a wide variety of support services to the residency programs involved. One of those services is the Visiting Professor Program. Through the Visiting Professor Program, Carver College of Medicine faculty present teaching conferences and participate in other education activities at the community-based residency programs. The Division also maintains the Residency Information System, a longitudinal database containing information on all physicians who have entered residency training in the Statewide Programs.

The CBME Division administers the Community-Based Primary Care Clerkship, which is a required four-week experience for third year medical students. Division staff work in cooperation with the College’s Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum to administer the M1 Shadow program, which takes place in medical offices within a 40-mile radius of Iowa City. In addition, staff facilitate preceptor coordination, housing, and other arrangements for student and resident activities at community-based sites.

The CBME Division engages in a variety of activities to support and reward the volunteer faculty across the state who teach our students and residents. That support includes coordination of adjunct clinical faculty appointment requests for community faculty. The Division administers a faculty development program in which workshops are provided on a semi-annual basis at the six Regional Medical Education Center sites.