Why Iowa?

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A Tradition of Excellence

We are proud that our program is recognized as one of the finest training centers in the world. There is a steady flow of patients, the faculty are readily accessible, intellectual curiosity is vigorous and encouraged, and research is active in a large variety of areas. The department provides an environment that fosters not only intellectual curiosity and collaboration but also a commitment to teaching and patient care.

The Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa has enjoyed a long history of excellence in its residency and fellowship training programs.The Department of Anesthesia dates from 1911 when Dr. Lewis G. Harding, a general practitioner in the town of Solon, Iowa, came to the University of Iowa Hospitals to “drop ether.” By 1915, Dr. Harding had established regular teaching rotations for senior medical students, and shortly thereafter, established the first formal residency training program to be instituted in an American university. 

A First-Rate Hospital

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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.

Excellence in Patient Care

Our department’s philosophy toward patient care is another example of its commitment toward residency training. All our patients are treated equally. We make no distinction among private, public, or indigent care. Residents, fellows, and faculty work side by side to evaluate and care for the same patients. Faculty staff all clinic patients and surgeries. The faculty is committed to the philosophy that clinical acumen and surgical excellence cannot occur without expert teaching and supervision.

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 anesthesia is one that is friendly and supportive. Faculty are committed to teaching, enjoy working with the residents, and welcome their questions and ideas. In general, faculty are encouraged to be mentors and to meet with residents and fellows on a one-to-one basis.

Salary, 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 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 patients 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.

Quality of Life

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.