Frequently Asked Questions: Fellowship

Will I be eligible for board certification in critical care after completion of this fellowship?

Yes. You will be eligible for Anesthesiology Critical Care board certification through the American Board of Emergency Medicine on successful completion of this fellowship. This curriculum has been approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the program is a fully accredited fellowship.

Will I be working in both medical and surgical ICUs during this fellowship?

Yes. The primary focus of this fellowship is on producing excellent clinical intensivists. The curriculum was designed such that approximately 1/3 of your critical care months will be medical critical care, 1/3 will be surgical critical care, and 1/3 will be specialty critical care (neurosciences, cardiac, etc.). Because some of these patient populations co-exist in the same critical care units, your allocation between ICUs may seem asymmetric, but we strive to keep this balance in your unit assignments and didactics to optimize the breadth of your critical care experience.

I am very interested in research. Can I modify my second year to incorporate more research time?

We have opportunities for involvement in both clinical and basic science research during your fellowship. Because of the program requirements for ACCM programs, no more than 2 months of your fellowship can be devoted to research activities, but nonclinical time is available throughout your fellowship to pursue research activities. The University of Iowa is a “very high research activity” institution according to the Carnegie Foundation, and multiple research mentors are available for you to pursue your research interests.

Will I be working shifts in the emergency department as part of my fellowship?

You will not be working in the emergency department at the University of Iowa, but there are opportunities for moonlighting at other local hospitals. Our philosophy is that your first priority is to learn critical care medicine, so we require that moonlighting not interfere with your primary responsibilities as a fellow.

What other critical care fellowships are offered at the University of Iowa?

The University of Iowa has well respected ACGME accredited fellowships in:

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. 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, 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:

  • The 2011-2012 Best Doctors® database recognized 315 doctors from UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital
  • U.S. News & World Report: The national new magazine’s “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings for 2011 include two clinical specialties in the Top 10 – Ear, Nose and Throat (5th), Ophthalmology (6th) and seven others in the top 40.
  • No. 3 out of 75 mid-size cities for volunteer rate (“Volunteering in America,” Corporation for National & Community Service, June 2011)
  • No. 13 “Best Small Places for Business and Careers” (Forbes, April 2011)
  • No. 9 out of 179 on best performing small cities list (“Milken Institute,” October 2010)
  • “Healthiest Town in the United States: (Men’s Journal, February 2010)
  • “Top Towns for Jobs: (MSN CareerBuilder, January 2010)
  • Ranked as one of America’s Top 100 Adventure Cities (National Geographic Adventure, October 2009)
  • No. 5 “Best Places to Begin a Career,” Metros Under 500,000 (Forbes Magazine, July 2009)
  • No. 13 “Top College Towns for Jobs” (Forbes Magazine, May 2009)
  • No. 5 best-educated city under 250,000 (USA Today, August 2009)

What is there to do in Iowa City when you’re not working?

There are 15 different festivals and art fairs, plus concerts and race events. There are many music venues, sports events and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks. We also have a really big mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, 9 golf courses, 6 public tennis courts, 6 public pools, some lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping and boating. There are bike trails, some famous bookstores, a ton of galleries and excellent museums. There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

There's ice skating, bowling, organized sports, 50 public parks, miniature golf, a great public library, a toy library, fun centers, swimming pools and 3 beaches, 9 museums including a children's museum, dance companies and public recreation centers that feature many activities for kids and families at little or no cost. We also have 20 movie screens and 50-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. Many families who have a family member with a disability are reluctant to leave Iowa City because they cannot duplicate those services in another location.

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

Yes, in March 2011, Iowa City had an average of 3% unemployment. Also check out The University of Iowa's Dual Career Network.