Why Choose Iowa?

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

Resident working with staffThe Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty are an experienced and diverse group with varied interests, but are all dedicated to patient care, education of emergency medicine residents, and advancing the field of emergency medicine through research. The department’s faculty have trained in a variety of locations around the country, and many have experience working overseas, all bringing unique approaches to the practice of emergency medicine. Our faculty are dedicated to giving Emergency Medicine residents the tools and skills to be successful Emergency Medicine physicians.

We Have a First-rate Emergency Department

The Emergency Department has recently been completely renovated into a state-of-the-art facility. The Department has 35 rooms, including specialized trauma, ophthomologic, otolaryngology, and psychiatric rooms. Multiple portable ultrasound machines are available within the department that residents use for a wide variety of applications. Social work support is available twenty-four hours per day. A full time clinical pharmacist is located within the emergency department to assist with patient care as well.

We Are a First-rate Hospital

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a state-of-the-art facility. The hospital benefits from sophisticated services and comprehensive resources and is consistently designated one of "America's Best Hospitals" 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. When residents rotate on other services, they have the opportunity to learn from experienced educators and leaders in their respective fields.

We Attract Outstanding Residents

Residents at the University of Iowa come from a variety of locations around the country to train here. Following completion of residency, our residents pursue careers in private practice, academic medicine, and complete fellowships.

Salary and Benefits

Our first-year residents earn an annual salary 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.

Couples Match

The Department of Emergency Medicine 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.

Support Is Always Available

Each resident receives full support from the residency leadership. The program has a robust mentor/mentee program that pairs interns with a senior resident and also a faculty member. A door is always open to help you achieve your full potential and career goals.

We Sweat the Details

Your work as a resident will be demanding enough. With that in mind, we have developed a suite of services to handle the details of employment, licensure, immigration, housing, even assistance for job placement of spouses and significant others. 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.

Quality of Life

Kids with HerkyIowa 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.

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