Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Iowa City?

Iowa City is 220 miles directly west of Chicago on Interstate 80. It's also within a 4-5 hour drive to Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis. It has the cultural, educational, social and political opportunities of a bigger city with the values and ambiance of a midwestern town. Its clean, safe, nothing is farther than a 15 minute car ride, it has a great city bus system (with bike racks!), wonderful parks, sports, schools and even sailing. Those who have lived here and left, frequently return because what they were looking for was in their own back yard. But we're not the only ones who think Iowa City is great:

  • No. 3 out of 75 mid-size cities for volunteer rate ("Volunteering in America," Corporation for National & Community Service, June 2011)
  • No. 13 "Best Small Places for business and Careers" (Forbes, April 2011)
  • No. 9 out of 179 on best performing small cities list ("Milken Institute," October 2010)
  • "Healthiest Town in the United States" (Men's Journal, February 2010)
  • "Top Towns for Jobs" (MSN CareerBuilder, January 2010)
  • Ranked as one of America's Top 100 Adventure Cities (National Geographic Adventure, October 2009)
  • No. 5 "Best Places to Begin a Career," Metros Under 500,000 (Forbes Magazine, July 2009)
  • No. 13 "Top College Towns for Jobs" (Forbes Magazine, May 2009)
  • No. 5 best-educated city under 250,000 (USA Today, August 2009)
  • UNESCO City of Literature (November 2008)
diverse group of children on school busHow ethnically diverse are the patients?

Like a lot of university towns, we have a large international community. Growing cultural diversity is another reason Iowa City is an interesting place to live. Diversity is embraced and celebrated with city and university events, festivals, clubs and programs. The University works hard to recruit and retain minorities with its affirmative action policies. About 13% of Iowa Citians are non-white as are almost 13% of the patients seen in our clinics.

Do you have a freestanding children's hospital?

At this time, the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is integrated within the UI Hospitals and Clinics. A hospital within a hospital, UI Children’s Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics, which is consistently ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As part of an internationally recognized university teaching hospital, we have access to diagnostic equipment and treatment modalities that are not found at many freestanding children's hospitals. Clinics that are part of UI Children’s Hospital are easily identified by the quilt logo. Construction began in late summer of 2011 on a freestanding children's hospital adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics.

What’s the weather like in Iowa City?

It depends on what you like. Our weather was a lot better than the East Coast this year! For about two weeks every winter it's very cold and windy and for two weeks every summer it's really hot and humid. The rest of the time it's pretty nice. We have a lot of sunny days even in winter-166 per year. Our average snowfall is 28", average rainfall is 35", average temperature in the summer is 72.6 and in the winter, 23.7. We consider our weather character building.

What is there to do in Iowa City when you're not working?

There are 15 different festivals and art fairs, plus concerts and race events. There are many music venues, sports events and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks. We also have a really big mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, 9 golf courses, 6 public tennis courts, 6 public pools, some lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping & boating. There are bike trails, some famous bookstores, a ton of galleries and excellent museums. There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

There's ice skating, bowling, organized sports, 50 public parks, miniature golf, a great public library, a toy library, fun centers, swimming pools and 3 beaches, 9 museums including a children's museum, dance companies and public recreation centers that feature many activities for kids and families at little or no cost. We also have 20 movie screens and 50-licensed daycare providers. The Iowa City schools are perennially ranked among the top schools in the nation. Iowa City is unique in the facilities and services available for individuals with disabilities. Many families who have a family member with a disability are reluctant to leave Iowa City because they cannot duplicate those services in another location.

Are there any job opportunities for my spouse/significant other?

Yes, in March 2011, Iowa City had an average of 3% unemployment. Also check out the University of Iowa's Dual Career Network.

Is this a family friendly program?

Yes! We love children and support residents in their efforts to balance work with family life. Women residents receive up to six weeks of paid maternity leave after delivery. Men get five working days off for paternity leave. The house staff health insurance policy, provides full coverage for spouses and children. There are several childcare facilities near the hospital and one on-site.

Is there sufficient patient volume so that I can have multiple exposures to a variety of diseases?

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at the UI Hospitals and Clinics has a patient volume that allows you to become a well-trained private practitioner who is confident in your ability to see a child of any age with a wide variety of mental illnesses.

What's the call schedule like?

Our residents do not take overnight call unless they are transferring from the Psychiatry Residency Program at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and have time remaining to complete their call obligations.

Residents cover clinic call during business hours when they are assigned to the outpatient clinic. Residents do not cover clinic call when assigned to the inpatient unit or off-service rotations.

Hans and student working with neuroimaging softwareDo you have a research project requirement for graduation?

While we do not have a requirement to complete a research project, residents are encouraged and supported in scholarly work. A resident may choose to spend one-half day a week during their outpatient rotation in their second year of training to pursue a research project. A senior presentation, in the form of a didactic presentation on a topic of choice, is required of residents during their second year of training.