Why Choose Iowa?

First and Foremost

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

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 pathology at the forefront of the specialty as it advances. We seek to provide each resident with a sufficiently broad experience that he or she can choose wisely among all the pathology options to pursue a career in the general practice of pathology or an academic career. Our forty plus faculty members are nationally recognized including several on the list of Best Doctors® with expertise in all subspecialty areas of pathology. The faculty is committed to the philosophy that clinical acumen and diagnostic excellence cannot occur without expert teaching and supervision.

Residencies nationwide are adapting to the goal to evaluate resident performance in a mode that determines competence in a variety of areas. Our residents complete our training program with confidence in their knowledge and abilities, an awareness of where pathology is now and where it is going, and the tools to participate fully in its exciting future.

We have a fellowship program in Surgical Pathology in addition to ACGME accredited fellowship programs in Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Transfusion Medicine.

And Just as Important

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Photo by University Relations Photography/University of Iowa

We Are a First-rate Hospital

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.

We Attract Outstanding Residents

Pathology residents at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are similar in many characteristics to their national peers in educational background, gender distribution and career choices. However, our residents distinguish themselves by their high sense of responsibility and dedication to their clinical work and their superb efforts as teachers of medical students and others and their contributions to the discipline of pathology beyond the department.

Collegiality and Friendly Working / Living Environment

Of the many strengths that contribute to our program’s strong reputation, one of the greatest is its long history of collegiality and its friendly working and living environment. For many years the Department has enjoyed the reputation of being a pleasant and congenial place to work. We value this reputation because we believe that the best atmosphere for learning pathology is one that is friendly and supportive. Faculty are committed to teaching, enjoy working with the residents and welcome their questions and ideas. We believe this approach to resident and fellowship training keeps the University of Iowa Department of Pathology at the forefront of postgraduate education.

Our Programs Are Tailored to Your Interest

Your rotations as a resident will ground you in the fundamentals of your discipline. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to explore elective rotations to help you begin focusing on the kind of medicine you'll wish to pursue. Beyond the core requirements we work to individualize each residents training sequence to meet his or her specific needs and career goals.

Salary, Benefits, Schedules

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. Our work schedules include extended maternity leave benefits and meet national standards for time on duty and time off between shifts.

Our Residency Programs Are Accredited and Well-Established

We meet and exceed the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our program has been continuously accredited since 1973. The rigorous training and opportunities afforded by our program translate into outstanding placement for our residents in fellowship programs, academic opportunities and private practice positions.

Couples Match

The Department of Pathology welcomes 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 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, and IT support staff. 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 clinical work 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

Residents and Fellows at the Welcome Picnic   Residents, Fellows and their Families at the Welcome Picnic

Pathology Resident and Fellow Welcome Picnic

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.