The University of Iowa Medical Center is located on the health science campus of The University of Iowa. The campus consists of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, all of the University’s health sciences colleges and the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. The colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy have a total of over 2,000 students. The Hardin Library contains over 211,000 bound volumes and some 3,400 serials and journals. The medical center is an integral part of the University and has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care and education. It has long been recognized as one of the leading health care centers in the world.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a large and well-supported teaching hospital complex providing tertiary level services for the entire state and region, while at the same time creating an environment for health education programs at all levels and in all specialties. As the largest of the nation’s university owned teaching hospitals, University Hospitals, with 772 beds, provides service to over 40,973 patients annually.
University Hospital’s clinical services are organized through 18 Departments: anesthesiology, hospital dentistry, dermatology, family practice, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, radiation oncology, surgery, and urology. Each clinical service offers residency programs and fellowship programs as applicable, which are directed by faculty members from the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry.
Over the last 20 years, there has been a relocation of virtually all patient care functions to contemporary accommodations, including new intensive care units, ambulatory clinics, diagnostic and therapeutic units, and inpatient accommodations. With its extensive art and ceramics collection displayed throughout the hospital, UI Hospitals and Clinics is a very appealing atmosphere for both patients and medical staff.
Beyond the bricks and mortar, UI Hospitals and Clinics has a substantial investment in advanced medical technology. Examples of UI Hospitals and Clinics' array of state-of-the-art medical technology include PET scanning, laser angioplasty, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and cine CT scanning. A sophisticated computer information system allows rapid retrieval of patient-related data.
Residents who train at UI Hospitals and Clinics experience a commitment to clinical excellence, including quality care delivered in a wide range of services, the most up-to-date medical technology, a medical staff comprised of senior physicians who have national reputations in their fields, excellent nursing and other professional staffs with rigorous requirements for quality, and highly respected clinical and basic science research programs.
The University of Iowa Neurosurgery Service is organized using the classic teaching hospital model. The service is run by the Chief Resident with a single team responsible for the management of all neurosurgical patients. The service averages a daily census of 65 inpatients with six to seven new admissions daily, excluding elective cases. The elective case distribution covers the entire scope of neurosurgical practice including complex spinal procedures, functional neurosurgery, skull-base, cerebrovascular, and pediatric neurosurgery. The team also works closely with interventional neuroradiology and neuro-radiation oncology. During the 2005 fiscal year, 1,805 major neurosurgery operative procedures were performed at UI Hospitals and Clinics, excluding endovascular interventions. The neurosurgery service provides the only Level I neuro-trauma care in the state, with the majority of injuries resulting from blunt-force trauma.
University of Iowa Children's Hospital opened in 1919. Located within UI Hospitals and Clinics, it houses 175 beds. The University of Iowa Children's Hospital sees more than 100,000 clinic visits and 7,000 inpatient admissions annually. The UI Hospitals and Clinics Pediatric Neurosurgery service provides the only pediatric neurosurgical care in Iowa and draws patients from areas throughout the Midwest. For particularly complex procedures, UI Hospitals and Clinics Pediatric Neurosurgery attracts patients from across the United States, as well as international patients. The Pediatric Neurosurgery service performs approximately 250 procedures annually, treating patients with hydrocephalus, cranio-vertebral junction abnormalities, plagiocephaly, tumors (both cranial and spinal), and spinal dysraphisms.
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine contributes significantly to the strength of The University of Iowa Medical Center. With a large full-time faculty of over 600 members, the college carries out its functions of education, research and service. Talented faculty bring fresh ideas, new techniques, and enthusiasm to the teaching of over 700 medical students and 1,000 residents, fellows and graduate students in various training programs.
At a time when competition for private and public funding of medical education and research has intensified, funding agencies continue to recognize and reward the exemplary research conducted in Iowa. The College of Medicine ranks among the top ten schools of medicine in public universities in the amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health.
The College of Medicine's teaching and basic science facilities are located adjacent to the University Hospitals and Clinics allowing scientists from both basic science and clinical departments to easily pursue interdisciplinary research and education in such areas as human molecular genetics, immunology, molecular and cell biology, and neuroscience.
The faculty, students, resources and funding at The University of Iowa College of Medicine form the cornerstone of a first-class institution committed to the missions of the education of students, the care of patients, and the commitment to the understanding of basic biological processes.
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves 184,000 veterans, is closely affiliated with UI Hospitals and Clinics, and is a notable research center. VA neurosurgical care is provided by the VA Chief Resident with close faculty supervision. Approximately 250 neurosurgical cases are performed yearly, ranging from complex spine to brain tumor and functional neurosurgery. Facilities include a multi-service ICU, a surgical inpatient ward, and a fully-equipped neurosurgical operating room.