Erin Schmidt, MD, MPH


University of Iowa
Second Year

I was born in Iowa City, but grew up in rural Wisconsin. I came back to Iowa to attend Grinnell College, graduating with a degree in Russian and Biology. After graduating I worked for a couple of years, including a year in a prostate cancer research lab at the University of Iowa. I applied to Peace Corps and medical school at the same time and was thrilled that the University of Iowa would allow me to defer medical school for two years to join the Peace Corps. I spent a little over two years in rural Kenya working on HIV/AIDS related projects and arrived back in the United States 3 weeks before starting medical school. I met my husband in Kenya and he was able to join me in Iowa 4 months later. After my experience in Kenya, I decided to pursue an MPH degree and completed the combined MD/MPH program in 5 years.

I had great experiences with the University of Iowa Family Medicine department during medical school and it was hard to imagine going anywhere else for residency. Iowa City is a great town, and you can’t beat my 5 minute walk to work! My special interests within family medicine include women’s health, obstetrics and pediatrics.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son and daughter. We try to get outside as much as possible through biking, camping and spending time in Iowa City’s many parks and the downtown area. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any questions!