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Training Environment

The Department of Emergency Medicine

  • Patient Volume: >50,000
  • Pediatrics represent 19% of total volume
  • Trauma represents 22% of total volume
  • 37% admission rate with 6% being admitted to an intensive care setting
  • State of the art, 46 bed, 60,000 square foot Emergency Department
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Stroke Center
  • Chest Pain Center
  • Specialized trauma, ophthalmologic, dental, and psychiatric rooms
  • Three ED ultrasounds, in addition to a trauma dedicated FAST machine
  • Advanced imaging modalities located within the department
  • Full time dedicated ED based emergency pharmacist support
  • Twenty-four hours per day dedicated ED social work support

Our Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC) offers certification courses and refresher training.

UI Hospitals and Clinics

On any given day at UI Hospitals and Clinics more than 16,500 employees, students, and volunteers collaborate to provide safe, quality health care to our patients while also exceeding their expectations with excellent service.

We are an 860-bed hospital, which includes 190 beds at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. In fiscal year 2021, we recorded more than 32,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 50,000 emergency department visits. We performed more than 35,600 major surgical operations and over 169,700 minor surgical procedures.  We also represent more than 200 outpatient clinics and care areas and in fiscal year 2021, we accommodated more than 1.3 million clinic visits at our main campus and community and outreach clinics across Iowa.

In fiscal year 2020, we employed over 1,850 physicians and dentists, resident physicians and resident dentists, and fellows. We also employed nearly 3,200 nurses as well as more than 3,200 medical staff, and 3,100 non-patient care professionals. In addition, we were assisted by a dedicated corps of volunteers who provided over 82,000 hours of service.

In addition to providing first-rate primary care, we offer the services of board-certified physicians in more than 250 specialties. We take seriously our role as a full-service health care center, receiving referrals for specialty care from physicians around the country.

Our inpatient services are located in our main complex of buildings on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Many of our outpatient services are also located at our campus location. In addition, we offer a variety of health care services at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing in Coralville and at UI Health Care clinics and UI QuickCare locations throughout eastern Iowa.

Our physician staff members also serve as teachers and researchers in the University of Iowa's Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Their academic work complements their work as caregivers, giving them the advantage of using the latest technology and research understanding in your care.

Here is a brief sample of the numbers of procedures we performed in fiscal year 2020:

  • We are a major transplant center; in fiscal year 2020, we performed over 550 organ and tissue transplants.
  • Our AirCare helicopter and partner air services delivered 1,095 patients to us in fiscal year 2020; 254 patients were transported by ground ambulances.
  • We performed over 364,000 radiographic examinations–procedures like X-rays, PET scans, CT scans, and MRIs.


UI Children's Hospital

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, we provide care for children from birth to young adulthood. Services range from promoting wellness to the care of general childhood illness, surgery, traumatic injuries, life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities.As part of an academic medical center, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also performs groundbreaking research to help solve the mysteries of childhood diseases, in addition to training the next generation of health care professionals.

Recently constructed $360 million 563,250-square-foot UI Stead Family Children's Hospital facility is adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics. The 14-level (12 above ground, 2 below ground) structure offers 190 beds, an increase from the 164 beds in the old UI Children's Hospital. There will also be eight pediatric operating rooms as well as features that focus on the needs of patients and their families

Quick Facts:

  • More than 200 Pediatric Physicians, Surgeons, and Dentists
  • More than 700 specially trained Pediatric Nurses
  • UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital cared for 94,000 children last year from all 99 Iowa counties, 45+ states, and 10+ countries