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COVID-19 Resources for Students

This is a compilation of information from announcements and will be updated as often as possible. Be sure to read your email and follow the directives therein.

Send updates and corrections to david-etler@uiowa.edu.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Contact Student Health by phone (do not walk in, or go to Quick Care, the Emergency Room, or any clinic).

General announcements for all students

The Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum staff are working remotely whenever possible. If you need to reach a staff member, email is your best bet.

Medical Student Counseling Center

MSCC counselors are available for academic, career and personal counseling appointments by telephone or Zoom during office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday -Friday). 

To schedule a regular (non-urgent) telephone or Zoom appointment, please call the Center (319-335-8056) during office hours, or *email the MSCC at MSCC@healthcare.uiowa.edu or your counselor directly.

Due to clinician licensing laws, MSCC counselors are not permitted to provide mental health counseling across state lines (i.e. outside of Iowa).  We are monitoring state-by-state exceptions to these laws.  When students are located outside of Iowa, counselors can provide resource and referral assistance and academic support.

*Please note that staff check email regularly during office hours, but email may not be read immediately and should not be used to communicate confidential information.

If you need to speak with a counselor about an urgent matter during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday -Friday), please call us at 319-335-8056

For emergency/crisis assistance at any time, the following resources are available 24/7:

  • CommUnity Local Crisis Line at 319-351-0140
  • UIHC Psychiatry Resident On Call at 319-356-1616
  • UI Department of Public Safety at 319-335-5022
  • UIHC Emergency Treatment Center (319-356-2233) or nearest hospital Emergency Department
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
  • In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1

Please check the MSCC website for Counseling Services information, wellness resources and Zoom group workshop announcements.

Student organizations


  • Students who wish to volunteer their services to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics are encouraged to contact COVID-HCHRLaborPool@uiowa.edu. You will receive an auto-response with a link providing further details and asking for more information from you.

Events and gatherings

  • Commencement and all other gatherings have been cancelled for the remainder of the semester. 

Building access

  • Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, College of Medicine building access will be restricted, and door status will replicate that of nights and weekends. Interior public corridors through College of Medicine buildings will be open. There will be no access between the College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. 
  • Hospital entrances are limited to those specified on this page, and COVID-19 screening measures are in place for patients, visitors, students, and employees.

Prospective students

  • Second-Look Day has been cancelled. However, a virtual second-look experience is planned.  Watch for emails and reach out to admission staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Pre-clinical students

  • Classes will resume virtually on Monday, March 23. 
  • The semester will be completed on Friday, May 22 as scheduled.

Clinical students

  • Core clerkship dicactic content will be delivered virtually beginning Monday, April 6; the clinical components of these clerkships which will be “stacked” and delivered in the summer when students can return to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. 
  • Selectives will not be split in this fashion and will continue to be delivered virtually over 2 weeks each (some may require a very short clinical make up later).
  • The College of Medicine is tentatively planning for the Phase III/advanced clinical clerkship electives to resume June 1 and the core clerkship clinical activities on July 6.
  • Core and selective clerkships have been converted to a pass/fail grading system; this change will apply retrospectively to grades awarded in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 crisis, and prospectively to all grades that will be awarded during the rest of 2020, even after the crisis is over.
  • A note in transcripts and in the MSPE will indicate the circumstances surrounding those grades and that the highest achievable grade was P.
  • Make sure all items that you completed to this point are recorded in Clerx for applicable clerkships (RCEs, Direct Observation Forms, Mid-Clerkship Forms, overnight call).
  • Make sure all clinical evaluations are initiated to faculty, residents, fellows and any other evaluators per your clerkship guidelines. 
  • Clerkships drop/add requests should be sent to CCOM-Reg-Schedules@uiowa.edu.
  • Please see the guidance some specialties are providing to the AAMC on their expectations for applicants to their respective specialties during the pandemic. 


Other UI resources

The following items may include information for a more general student audience.