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Why Iowa?

  • 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.
  • University of Iowa has 11 graduate programs ranked nationally. (U.S. News and World Report, 2019-20)
  • Individual investigators in the Carver College of Medicine are strongly committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • UI Carver College of Medicine is ranked 38th among all public medical schools for research.
  • 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.
  • 1870: When the University of Iowa College of Medicine opened, the first class of 37 students included 8 women.
  • 1876: Jennie McCowen was one of the first women to receive an MD 
  • 1903: Dr. Edward Albert Carter, first Black male graduate to receive an MD
  • 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 MD
  • 1980: Professor Sandra Murray, first 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.