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.

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How 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 pediatric clinic.

Is it possible to do an international elective in your program?

Yes! Residents can do International Health Electives in PGY2 and/or PGY3.

What are the fellowship opportunities available?

We currently have fellowships available in sports medicine, geriatrics, palliative care, and academic faculty development.

Is this a family friendly program?

Yes! We love children and support residents in their efforts to balance work with family life. We have several dual physician resident and faculty families and understand the stresses. Women residents receive up to 6 weeks of paid maternity leave after delivery. Men get 5 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. The training program also has activities during the year where all family members are invited, i.e. the resident picnic.

What's the call schedule like?

We utilize a night float system on Sunday through Friday nights. A junior and senior resident will be assigned to night float for a two week interval. Weekend call is shared among residents and on average is approximately one weekend per month. You will take call on outside rotations on average one time per week.

Do you have a research project requirement for graduation?
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Per the ACGME RRC requirements, all of our residents complete a scholarly project during their training. We encourage residents to complete a quality improvement project and provide them protected time over the course of 18 months during their PGY-1 and PGY-2 years to complete this project. We host an annual Clinical Scholars Day each May where residents have the opportunity to present their projects.

What's Iowa got that other programs don't?
  • HRSA grant
  • New facilities
  • C-section trained faculty
  • A great training program and a high quality of life at an affordable price
  • Outstanding school system for children in grades K-12