Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Iowa City?
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Iowa City is 220 miles directly west of Chicago on Interstate 80. It's also within a 4 to 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. It's clean, safe, nothing is farther than a 15 minute car ride, it has a great city bus system (with bike racks!), wonderful parks, bike and hiking trails, 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. 5 best-educated city under 250,000 (USA Today, 8/09)
  • No. 2 Best Places For Business And Careers - Smaller Metros, (Forbes, 3/08)
  • Top 10 Up-And-Coming Tech Cities 2008 (Forbes, 3/08)
  • Best Towns 2007 (Outside Magazine, 8/07)
  • 50 Best Places to Live and Play (National Geographic, 8/07)
  • Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live & Work (Sperling's Best Places, 3/07)
  • The 2009 Best Doctors® database recognized 56 physicians from UI Children's Hospital
  • No. 5 in "Best Places to Begin a Career", No. 13 for "Top College Towns for Jobs", and No. 5 for "Best Places for Business and Careers" (Forbes 7/09)
  • 10th Smartest City in the Nation (Forbes 3/08)
  • Best Midwestern Towns (Outdoor Magazine, 8/07)
  • #8 Up and Coming Tech Cities (Forbes 3/2008)
  • Best Places to Live and Launch (Fortune Small Business, 3/08)
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 percent of Iowa Citians are non-white as are almost 13 percent of the patients seen in our pediatric clinic.

What’s the weather like in Iowa City?

Iowa's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. Snowfall ranges from 20 to 40 inches with a 32 inch average. January is usually the coldest month, with an average daily high of 25. Iowa's springtime is always welcome with varying temperatures and rainfall, with most rain falling in June. Summer can become hot and humid, with average daily highs of 85 in July.

What sorts of activities are there in Iowa City?

Festivals, art fairs, concerts and race events highlight the spring, summer and fall months in and around the Iowa City area. Many music venues, sports events and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks are also popular events. The Iowa City area has a large shopping mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, 9 golf courses, 6 public tennis courts, lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping and boating. There are bike trails, some famous bookstores, many galleries and excellent museums. There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. During winter, residents enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

The Iowa City/Coralville area provides a rich playground of activities for families including the Iowa Children’s Museum, ice skating, bowling, organized sports, public parks, miniature golf, two public library, a toy library, fun centers, swimming pools and 3 beaches, 9 museums, dance companies and public recreation centers at little or no cost. The Iowa City/Coralville area has 20 movie theaters, a professional community theatre group, and numerous 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.

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

Yes, check out The University of Iowa's Dual Career Network. Employment opportunities are fairly abundant in the Iowa City area. In March 2011, Iowa City had an average of only 3% unemployment, compared to a national average of 8.8%.

Do you have a freestanding children's hospital?

At this time, the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is integrated within the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A hospital within a hospital, the U of I Children’s Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UIHC, 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 the U of I 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 UIHC.

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 issues related to family life. Female residents receive paid maternity leave and men are provided paternity leave. The University of Iowa has developed an extensive program to provide care for house staff and their dependents for medical, pharmacy, dental, and counseling care as well as hospitalization. The training program also hosts activities during the year where all family members are invited.

Are fellowships opportunities available?

Yes. We are starting our Mohs Surgery Fellowship again in 2013.  The fellowship has been on hiatus following the departure of the fellowship director.

If you have additional questions, please contact our program coordinator, Cheryl Moores at 319-356-1694 or