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University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

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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.

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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 available.


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.

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