Why Choose Iowa?

First and Foremost

UI Women’s Health provides consultation, treatment planning and inpatient and outpatient care for a comprehensive range of general and specialty obstetrics and gynecology services for all stages of a woman’s life.

We Have an Outstanding Faculty of Teachers, Healers, and Researchers

Our thirty plus faculty members are nationally recognized including several on the list of Best Doctors®.  Regionally we are recognized for our advanced specialty care, particularly high-risk obstetrics, prenatal diagnostics, gynecologic oncology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Additional specialty areas include:

  • Colposcopy
  • Fibroids
  • Genetics counseling
  • Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
  • Menopause
  • Pelvic pain
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Vulvar vaginal diseases

The educational philosophy that drives our residency training program is that we must prepare our trainees for a life-long career of self-education and dedication to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology at the forefront of the specialty as it advances. We seek to provide each resident with a sufficiently broad experience that she or he can choose wisely among all the obstetrics and gynecology options to pursue a career in the general practice of obstetrics and gynecology, a subspecialty service career, or an academic career.

We have five accredited fellowship programs. The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program is ACGME accredited. The Fellowship programs in Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, combined Maternal Fetal Medicine/Clinical Genetics and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility are ABOG accredited.

And Just as Important

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a state-of-the-art facility. We have sophisticated services and comprehensive resources. We are one of "America's Best Hospitals" designated by U.S.News & World Report.

We serve a large Midwest region for both primary care and specialized care. We are the state's highest level of referral for several specialties. This comprehensive nature assures that during your residency you will be exposed to a broad mix of patients and conditions.

Excellence in Patient Care

Our department’s philosophy toward patient care is another example of its commitment toward residency training. All our patients are treated equally. We make no distinction among private, public, or indigent care. Residents, fellows, and faculty work side by side to evaluate and care for the same patients. Faculty staff all clinic patients and surgeries. The faculty is committed to the philosophy that clinical acumen and surgical excellence cannot occur without expert teaching and supervision.

Our Residency Programs Are Accredited and Well-Established

We meet and exceed the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The rigorous training and opportunities afforded by our programs translate into outstanding placement for our residents in fellowship programs, academic opportunities and private practice positions.

Couples Match

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology encourages couples match applications. We will work in conjunction with the corresponding department to attempt to streamline interview dates and times for both applicants. More information on couples matching can be found on the NRMP website.

Salary, Benefits, Schedules

Our first-year residents earn an annual salary of $49,000, which is above the 50th percentile nationally. Couple that fact with the relatively modest cost of living in the Iowa City area, and UI Hospitals and Clinics compares very well to programs in large urban settings. We are one of the few programs nationally to offer complete medical coverage for residents and their spouses and dependents at no charge. Our work schedules include extended maternity leave benefits and meet national standards for time on duty and time off between shifts.

Support Is Always Available

Each resident receives support from the education administrative team and from faculty in all general and subspecialty areas.   The department has a dedicated residency coordinator as well as transcription staff, IT support staff and a librarian.  A door is always open to help you achieve your full potential and career goals.

We Sweat the Details

The dedicated professionals in our Graduate Medical Education office see to it that your time and effort are concentrated where they need to be--on your patients and on your career development. Your work as a resident will be demanding enough. With that in mind, our Graduate Medical Education office has developed a suite of services to handle the details of employment and licensure.

And You'll Love This Part--Iowa City

Quality of Life

Iowa City and surrounding communities get consistently high ratings from national indexes of great places to live. Affordable housing, outstanding schools, moderate cost of living, superb shopping and entertainment, excellent transportation, and a mix of diverse cultures all make it a great choice, especially when you consider that much of it is available within easy walking or biking distance from our world-class hospital.

Being located on a Big Ten University campus creates a big plus for our residents. The University is a lively place for cultural and recreational activities. It is a hub for high-level sports and offers the excellent libraries, museums, and cultural centers you'd expect from a Big Ten school. Iowa has the smallest enrollment among the public Big Ten schools, which translates into a campus that's easy to navigate and a surrounding community that supports everything we do for our students and trainees.