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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

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 through Friday). 

To schedule a regular (non-urgent) telephone or Zoom appointment, please call the Center (1-319-335-8056) 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 1-319-335-8056

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

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

  • All gatherings must be conducted with social distancing and proper use of PPE.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
  • Room capacities may be posted and must be followed.

Building access

  • College of Medicine building access is 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.

Pre-clinical students

  • Small group classes are conducted in person.
  • Large group lectures are conducted via Zoom.
  • See syllabi and curriculum staff for details.

Clinical students

  • Clerkships have returned to in-person activities.
  • 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.
  • A note in transcripts and in the MSPE will indicate the circumstances surrounding those grades and that the highest achievable grade was P.
  • 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.