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Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program

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HOST Program

The Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program connects current UI Carver College of Medicine students and trainees traveling for residency and fellowship interviews with alumni hosts around the country. Alumni provide the students a place to stay during their interview to help ease the financial burden, as well as offer invaluable advice and insights about the local community.

The HOST program provides a wonderful opportunity to build connections between students and alumni and for alumni to see the caliber of students studying at the UI Carver College of Medicine. If you are not in a position to host a student in your home but would like to share your insights and guidance, sign up to be an eHOST. Alumni eHOSTs provide insight and guidance on specialties, hospitals, research areas and/or the local community. Student questions may arise while the student is traveling for interviews or at anytime during their Medical School training.  

The alumni relations office would like to thank all of our alumni who have welcomed students into their home and encourage those interested in being part of the growing HOST community to connect with us. 

Interested in hosting a UI Carver College of Medicine student that is interviewing in your city?

Our alumni are invaluable partners in our efforts to connect with students and trainees - providing insight and support as they make critical educational and career decisions regarding specialty choice and practice sites. Please keep in mind that the number of requests and the cities students will be traveling to vary from year to year. Not all who volunteer will be asked to host a student, but we will do our best to match you with a student if anyone is interviewing in your area.

To volunteer or learn more, please contact Tom Walljasper at 319-384-1745 or tom-walljasper@uiowa.edu

Be a HOST

Interviewing outside of Iowa City? Stay with an alumnus!

If you are a student or trainee preparing to travel for an interview, skip paying for an AirBnB. UI Carver College of Medicine alumni are located all over the United States and we have alumni host families in almost every city!

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