Medical Education in Community Orientation (MECO) is a program for UI medical students after their M1 year. Students spend 4 - 12 weeks in an Iowa community hospital. They observe and work with physicians in various specialties and are immersed in the medical community. Specific arrangements are the responsibility of the individual hospital and may vary. Most hospitals provide lodging and some provide meals. Information about MECO is distributed to students in approximately February of their M1 year. Students then review the information files about MECO sites, including evaluations from previous students, and request preferred sites. Students are systematically matched with sites.

MECO is very highly rated by students. Over 90% of students participating rated these areas as Good or Very Good (the highest choices):

• Amount/variety of patient contact/clinical experiences 
• Quality of teaching of physicians 
• Enthusiasm, helpfulness of other health professionals 
• Overall rating of MECO as a medical learning experience

Contact Chris Lake at fm-clerkship@uiowa.edu for more information.

Past MECO sites