Why Choose Iowa?

We Are a First-rate Hospital

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a state-of-the-art facility. The hospital benefits from sophisticated services and comprehensive resources and is consistently designated one of "America's Best Hospitals" 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. When residents rotate on other services, they have the opportunity to learn from experienced educators and leaders in their respective fields.

We Attract Outstanding Residents

Residents at the University of Iowa come from a variety of locations around the country to train here. Following completion of residency, our residents pursue careers in private practice, academic medicine, and complete fellowships.

Salary and 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 are one of the few programs nationally to offer complete medical coverage for residents and their spouses and dependents at no charge.

Couples Match

The Department of Dermatology encourages couples match applications. We will work in conjunction with the corresponding department to attempt to streamline interview dates and times for both applicants. More information on couples matching can be found on the NRMP website.

Support is Always Available

Each resident receives full support from the residency leadership. The program has a mentor/mentee program that pairs first year residents with a faculty member. 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.

Quality of Life

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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.

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