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Learning Community FAQ

How are Learning Communities organized?

Each medical student is assigned to one of four learning communities for their entire medical school experience. Every community is comprised of approximately equal numbers of M1, PA1, M2, PA2, M3, PA3, and M4 students, and is staffed by a Faculty Director, Curriculum/Community Manager, and Support Staff. With the support of community staff, students initiate and provide leadership for activities. 

Where are the Learning Communities?

All learning communities are located in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).  Each community includes small group rooms, study and social spaces, computer stations, a kitchen area with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator, and staff offices. 

How will Learning Communities enhance my education? 

Formal and informal learning activities, professional skills acquisition, leadership development, team building, wellness promotion, service learning, and cultural competency building are among the many the opportunities provided by the communities. Mentoring and tutoring relationships with students and faculty are fostered both intentionally and serendipitously. 

Why should someone become involved in a Learning Community?

Communities foster the development of supportive relationships among students at all levels, upper and lower, of the medical program. They also facilitate students’ interactions with college faculty and staff, as well as with individuals and families supported by local community service agencies.  Students who are involved with their learning community acknowledge it as a place to establish lasting friendships, engage in cooperative learning with classmates, obtain peer and faculty mentoring, pursue personal health and wellness, and enhance one’s professionalism.

If you would like more information about Learning Communities, contact: 

Learning Community Coordinator
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, 1150A MERF, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-1725
FAX: 319-335-8643