Program Director

Dr. Elson portraitResidency Program Director:
Marygrace Elson, MD, MME

Why Iowa? I returned to academic practice in 2000 at Iowa, having never lived here before. I am now proud to call the Hawkeye state my home. Iowa has a long history of equal rights and a strong education record. The University of Iowa Hospital is a remarkably collegial center for innovation and excellent clinical care. In the Iowa City area, we enjoy an extraordinary quality of life with excellent schools, parks, fine arts opportunities, and public recreation. The community is diverse, literate, and open. I have called many places home and can honestly say this is the best place I have ever lived.

A little bit about me: I am the mother of two grown daughters. My interests include gardening, reading, and cooking. I play piano and sing, and enjoy regular exercise. In 2010 I earned a Master of Medical Education degree from University of Iowa. I am active in the Iowa section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Our residents are trained in the depth and breadth of our specialty and are well-prepared to go on to fellowship, academic practice, or private practice. Our faculty are engaged and dedicated to teaching. About a quarter of our residents go on to fellowship. Those who go into private practice have mainly located in Iowa or adjacent or western states. Residents receive excellent experience in high risk obstetrics. Resident surgical experience includes minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and robotics and excellent gynecologic oncology and urogynecology experience. Residents receive full training in family planning including outpatient hysteroscopic sterilization. Residents rotate through our vulvar vaginal disease clinic and other niche clinics that add to their expertise. Our residents receive fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery (FLS) training and the opportunity for certification. Residents work in collaborative practice with our nurse midwifery service, and can participate in Centering Pregnancy prenatal care. Residents are active in teaching student learners, and our resident teaching curriculum includes teaching development.

Our residents support each other and are there for each other, invaluable in a training program. They come to us from all over the nation and bring with them varied life experiences, which adds richness to our team.

We welcome your inquiries about our program, and I hope you will have occasion to visit us in Iowa--the Beautiful Land.