Program Spotlight: University of Iowa


Location:  Iowa City, Iowa

Number of students: 25

Application Cycle: April - November through CASPA

Interview dates: September - December, notification by March 1st

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  28 months

Public/Private: Public

HCE:  Minimum 1,000 hours of direct patient care completed by December of the year before matriculation

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • One unique feature is that part of the didactic year is actually with the medical students
  • Only accepts US citizens
  • LOR - 3 total, must have 1 academic and 1 from healthcare supervisor
  • They will accept the MCAT instead of the GRE
  • They report a 100% employment rate after graduation
  • No one has failed boards since 1996!  That's pretty amazing

Program LinkUniversity of Iowa

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