Why Iowa?

A Tradition of Excellence

We are proud that our program has enjoyed a long history of excellence in child and adolescent psychiatry residency training. We meet and exceed the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The rigorous training and opportunities afforded by our program translate into outstanding academic opportunities and private practice positions. Regionally, we are recognized for our faculty and advanced specialty care. Our department provides an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and collaboration, a commitment to patient care, and excellent teaching.

Our Educational Philosophy

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 child and adolescent psychiatry at the forefront of the specialty as it advances. We do this within the intimacy and collegiality of a small training venue combined with the excellence provided by association with a top-notch research university.

Our residents complete our training program with a confidence in their knowledge and abilities, an awareness of where child and adolescent psychiatry is now and where it is going, and the tools to participate fully in its exciting future.

Excellence in Patient Care

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Our philosophy toward patient care is another example of our commitment toward residency training. We provide a well-rounded experience centered on the in-depth assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of complex mental health disorders in children and adolescents, the neurobiological basis of psychiatric disorders, sociocultural factors as they impact development, the integration of psychotherapy as a crucial component of treatment, and the critical evaluation of new information.

Our residents see a broad socioeconomic and ethnic range of children and their families. All our patients are treated equally. We make no distinction among private, public, or indigent care. Residents, multidisciplinary staff, and faculty work side-by-side to evaluate and care for the same patients as a team. Faculty staff all clinic patients. The faculty is committed to the philosophy that clinical acumen and excellence cannot occur without expert teaching, mentoring, and supervision.

We Attract Outstanding Residents

Child and adolescent psychiatry 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 patients, their superb efforts as teachers of medical students and others, and by their selection for national recognition and awards.

And Just as Important

We Are a First-rate Hospital

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 our specialty. This comprehensive nature assures that during your residency you will be exposed to a broad mix of patients and conditions.

Salary, Benefits, Schedules

Our first-year residents (typically PGY-4) earn an annual salary of $56,400, which is above the 50th percentile nationally. When you couple that fact with the relatively modest cost of living in the Iowa City area, University of Iowa 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, from faculty, from ancillary team members, and from all in general. 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.

And You'll Love This Part--Iowa City

Quality of Life

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Photo by University Relations Photography University of Iowa

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.