Integrated Internship

Our integrated internship (PGY-1 year) is in its second year with rotations in our internal medicine and ophthalmology departments. The integrated internship is required starting with interns entering July 2015.

This internship will include 8 four-week rotations on the medicine service and 5 four-week rotations on ophthalmology. The interview for the internship will occur along with our ophthalmology residency interview. We hope this will make the process simpler and more economical for applicants.

As an intern on the ophthalmology service, you will learn basic examination skills and be ready to take care of most simple problems and triage complex eye problems. While on the ophthalmology service, you will have no call, thus allowing you to focus on study.

The intern year will be divided into thirteen 4-week rotations:

  • Two to three 4-week ophthalmology rotations at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, caring for patients in clinic.
  • Two to three 4-week rotations on the UIHC comprehensive ophthalmology service, caring for patients in clinic, the emergency department, and the inpatient units. 
  • Eight 4-week rotations on the medicine service, covering the wards at UIHC and the VA.  Two of the eight rotations will be outpatient ambulatory medicine rotations, 1 block of rheumatology and 1 block of either general ambulatory medicine or endocrinology, during these blocks there is no call, allowing further time for study.   The objective during these rotations will be to hone your basic medical skills, including the management of inpatients.
  • Three weeks of vacation over the year, two during medicine blocks and one during ophthalmology blocks

We believe there are many distinct advantages to our integrated internship program:

  • Providing far more ophthalmology experience than would be possible at an outside preliminary or transitional year program. This added level of experience, all before taking any call, will make the transition to call responsibilities smoother and more effective.
  • Becoming an integrated member of our ophthalmology team early in your training.
  • Avoiding multiple interviews for other intern year positions, saving time, money and stress.
  • Monthly lunch lectures directed towards interns on basic, commonly encountered diagnoses in ophthalmology.
  • Moving only once during residency.
  • Gaining familiarity with the hospital, electronic medical record, and members of other services with whom you will be working throughout the remainder of your residency.
  • Having access to our structured wet lab and Eyesi surgical simulator.
  • Acquiring exposure to a broad range of available research projects that can be carried forward through your ophthalmology residency.

We are excited to offer this integrated opportunity that promises to make our program the best in the country. In the additional five months of ophthalmology training, our residents will learn systems-based skills, have ample time for independent study, and learn basic ophthalmology exam and assessment skills which will put them far ahead by the time they begin their PGY-2 year.


For questions regarding our new combined internship feel free to contact our Program Director,, program coordinator,, or any of our current integrated IM/Ophthalmology interns: T.J. Clark (, Lindsay McConnell (, Matthew Miller (, Lorraine Myers (, or Tyler Risma (