Frequently Asked Questions

What health care plan is offered by the University Hospital? Very few fellowships can match University of Iowa's health care plan for fellows. Health care, including medication, for the fellow, his/her spouse and children are free. If you and your spouse decide to have a child you will pay nothing. Prenatal care, ultrasound, the delivery, etc. is free. Fellows can also obtain several over the counter medications for free from the Pharmacy. In addition, at no cost, you are provided a Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage plan in case you or your family is injured or becomes ill outside of Iowa City. The plan includes dental coverage at no additional cost.

What Pathology fellowships are available at Iowa? There are fellowships available in surgical pathology, cytopathology, hematopathology, microbiology, blood/bank transfusion medicine, and molecular pathology.

How is vacation time handled? Fellows have 15 weekday vacation days a year. Professional leave for meetings is negotiated on an individual basis. Leave is granted for National Board exams and American Board of Pathology exams but not for board preparation courses. For job interviews or board preparation courses, each house staff member will be allowed five working days of leave. Additional days taken for job interviews or board preparation courses must use vacation.

What about fringe benefits such as book/travel funds? Each fellow is given $1500/year for books/journals, meetings or memberships. Travel to national conferences is paid for by the department for fellows presenting abstracts.

How well do Iowa fellows fare in finding jobs after training? The established reputation of excellence in training at the University of Iowa, combined with the recent trend of increasing demand and aging of current pathologists, has meant a tremendous opportunity for fellows from our program. All departing fellows in recent years have had no difficulty getting offers for desirable positions in both academic and private settings.

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