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, 2016)
•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.


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.