The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, and
includes the College of Medicine, which was founded
in 1850. This school has evolved into the state’s major
health center. It includes a large University Hospital
and clinics. The Health Science Center also contains
schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public
Health, and is located on a 900-acre campus.
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: The
first 4 semesters cover the basic medical science
courses and introduce the student’s foundations of clinical practice through a special course each semester.
Third year: Comprises summer session and 2 semesters of rotating clinical clerkships in major specialties,
in which student participates in patient care. Fourth
year: Devoted in part to 3 electives in which students
focus on whatever facet of medical education best
relates to their professional interests. During the clinical years, required subspecialty clerkships need to be
completed in anesthesia, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, psychiatry,
radiology, and urology, as well as courses in laboratory
medicine and electrocardiography. Also required is a
subinternship in 1 of a number of medical disciplines,
in which the student assumes responsibility for managing patients on inpatient units supervised by a senior
resident and a faculty physician. In summary, the first
4 semesters present a core of sciences basic to the study
of medicine and introduce the student to the foundation
of clinical practice. The balance of the program is
devoted to becoming familiar with patient care.
Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines. The
college also offers a combined MD-MPH, MD-MBA.
College requires minimum premedical science courses
plus 1 advanced biology course and college algebra and
trigonometry or higher math. Iowa residents are given
strong preference, but some nonresidents are admitted.
The school seeks candidates with academic ability, and
skills in problem solving. Manual dexterity and interpersonal relations, overall attractive GPA, science
courses, and MCAT scores are essential features used
to indicate scholarly proficiency. Applicants must submit an advising committee report or 3 letters of
reference of which 2 should be academic. Finally, the
interview is an integral part of the admission process,
which helps finalize the decision. It is granted by invitation only. Transfer and advanced standing: Not
System used is Honors/Pass/Fail in basic and clinical
sciences. The Promotions Committee consisting of faculty members and students reviews the accomplishments of students and determines their eligibility for
advancement at the close of the academic year.
Teaching: Preclinical sciences are taught at the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility and
the Bowen Science Building. Clinical teaching primarily takes place at the University Hospital (800
beds), and VA Hospital (100 beds). Other: The major
research facilities include the Medical Research Center, Eckstein Medical Research Building, and Medical
Education and Biomedical Research Facility. Library:
The Hardin Library for Health Sciences houses
350,000 volumes. Housing: Information not available.