Department of Internal Medicine
Joel A. Gordon, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director of Continuing Medical Education
Faculty Director, Lois Boulware Medical Student Learning Community
Chairman, Carver College of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Committee
Dr. Joel Gordon, Professor of Medicine, is a clinical nephrologist and a nephrology education specialist who has significant amount of administrative responsibility both in the Department of Medicine and in the Carver College of Medicine.
In the Nephrology Division, Dr. Gordon participates in all clinical and educational activities of the division. A winner of numerous teaching awards including the Collegiate Teaching Award and the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, he teaches in all 4 years of the medical school curriculum and in GME and CME. In years 1 and 2, he participates in instruction as a small group facilitator for FCP 1 and FCP 4. In FCP 4 he serves as a small group facilitator for nephrology acid-base and electrolyte case discussions. For the 3rd year medical students, Dr. Gordon serves as a staff physician for the General Medicine service, one of a handful of nephrologists selected for this service assignment. He also has two ½ day assignments in the Kidney Disease and Blood Pressure Clinic, where students are assigned to rotate with Dr. Gordon on a regular basis. Dr. Gordon is also assigned on the University Hospital inpatient consult attending service on a regular basis where he works with students, residents, and nephrology fellows on a regular basis.
Dr. Gordon is one of the faculty directors for one of the four Medical Student Learning Communities that the College of Medicine has in its Medical Education Building. Dr. Gordon is the senior Learning Community Faculty Director serving in this role since 2002. As faculty director for the Lois Boulware Learning Community, Dr. Gordon has frequent contact with students in all four years of medical school and serves as a mentor for many of the students whom he interacts with.
Dr. Gordon is the Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Internal Medicine. He has served in this role since 2006. He oversees and coordinates the annual Progress in Internal Medicine course, the annual CME presentation for the Department of Internal Medicine. He also oversees all of the annual and regularly scheduled conference series in the Department of Internal Medicine where CME credit it offered.
Dr. Gordon serves as the Chair of the Clinical Experiences Committee, the Committee that oversees medical student clinical experiences in years 3 and 4 of medical school. He has served in the role since 2006. Dr. Gordon also is the course director for the Clinical Beginnings course. In this one week transition course, held between years 2 and 3 of medical school, medical students learn about issues pertaining to teamwork and professionalism that help in their transition from traditional classroom learning to learning in the context of clinical experiences. Under Dr. Gordon’s leadership, this course now involves over 400 interprofessional health sciences students and over 50 faculty from the various health science colleges on campus.
Dr. Gordon also is the Carver College of Medicine’s chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee. He has served in this role since 2006. In this role, Dr. Gordon is making certain the College is carrying out its mission for Continuing Medical Education and is in compliance with the rules and regulations for CME at academic medical centers.
Links of Interest
- Gordon sees clinical curriculum challenges (courtesy Med Ed Update, OSAC)
Honors, Awards, and Organizations
- Phi Beta Kappa, University of Colorado
- Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award, Voted by Medical School Graduating Class
- M4 Teacher of the Year Award, University of Iowa College of Medicine
- University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award
- University of Iowa, Department of Internal Medicine, Departing Residents Outstanding Faculty Award
- Recipient, Harvard-Macy Institute Fellowship for Physician Educators for 1996
- University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award
- M-3 Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Iowa College of Medicine
- Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Initiate, University of Iowa College of Medicine
- Recipient, Harvard-Macy Institute Fellowship for Leadership in Medical Education Conference
- American College of Physicians Iowa Chapter Laureate Award Winner
- American College of Physicians, Fellow
- American Society of Nephrology, Member
- Sahai Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education
- Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Iowa