Why Iowa?

  • The University of Iowa is a lively place for cultural and recreational activities. It is a hub for high-level sports and offers excellent libraries, museums, and cultural centers you would expect from a Big Ten school.
  • Iowa has the smallest enrollment of the Big Ten Schools, which translates into a campus that's easy to navigate.
  • The University of Iowa has 25 graduate programs ranked in the top 25 in the nation. (U.S. News and World Report, 2017)
  • Individual investigators in the Carver College of Medicine are strongly committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • The UI Carver College of Medicine is ranked 22nd among all public medical schools for research with ~$201 million in extramural funding.
  • Researchers in the Carver College of Medicine's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities.
  • Faculty and graduate student role models.
  • Downtown Iowa City Calendar of Events

Carver College of Medicine and UI Health Care

  • 1864: Joseph D. Harris, an African American received his Medical degree from the State University of Iowa Medical College (1860-1870) which preceded the current College of Medicine.
  • When the University of Iowa College of Medicine opened in 1870 the first class of 37 students included 8 women.
  • 1876: Jennie McCowen was one of the first women to receive an M.D. 
  • 1903: Dr. Edward Albert Carter, first Black male graduate to receive an M.D. 
  • 1928: Dr. Ruth Jackson, first female board-certified woman orthopedic surgeon in the country, began her orthopaedic training at Iowa; Dr. Arthur Steindler enthusiastically offered her a position when no other program would do so
  • 1976: Dr. Florence Battle Shafiq, first Black female to receive an M.D.
  • 1980: Professor Sandra Murray, 1st African American to receive a PhD (Anatomy)
  • 2008: Established the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion within the College
  • 2012: UI Health Care opened the first clinic in the state to specifically serve patients who identify as LGBTQ
  • 2015: UI Health Care recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for the third consecutive year.
  • 2015: UI Health Care opened the first Ethnic Skin Care Clinic in the state.