Why Iowa?

First and Foremost

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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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 of 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.

Our Residency Programs are Accredited and Well-Established

We meet and exceed the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and by the American Board of Surgery. The rigorous training and opportunities afforded by our programs translate into outstanding placement for our residents in fellowship programs, academic opportunities and private practice positions.

Couples Match

The Department of Surgery 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 support from the education administrative team and from faculty in all general and subspecialty areas. The department has a dedicated residency coordinator as well as transcription staff, IT support staff, and a librarian.  A door is always open to help you achieve your full potential and career goals.

And You'll Love This Part - Iowa City

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.

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