This is a draft edition of the 2014-15 Catalog; the final edition will be published in late summer 2014.

Carver College of Medicine


  • Debra A. Schwinn

Executive associate dean

  • Donna Hammond

Associate dean, clinical and translational science

  • Patricia L. Winokur

Associate dean, student affairs and curriculum

  • Christopher Cooper

Associate dean, faculty affairs and development

  • Lois J. Geist

Associate dean, cultural affairs and diversity

  • Sherree A. Wilson

Associate dean, information technology

  • Boyd Knosp

Associate dean, graduate medical education

  • Mark C. Wilson

Associate dean, clinical affairs, and physician leader, University of Iowa Physicians (UIP)

  • Douglas Van Daele

Assistant deans

  • David Asprey, Steven Craig, James D. Henderson, Denise Martinez, Nancy Rosenthal
Undergraduate majors: medical laboratory science (B.S.); nuclear medical technology (B.S.); radiation sciences (B.S.)
Professional degree: M.D.
Graduate degrees: M.A.; M.M.E.; M.P.A.S.; M.P.T.; M.S.; D.P.T.; Ph.D.
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The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is an integral part of The University of Iowa. It contributes to the education of several thousand University students, is home to ground-breaking research in a wide array of disciplines, and provides a statewide health care resource.

The Carver College of Medicine is the only college in Iowa that offers a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine. It also offers a Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation sciences (see "Undergraduate Programs" later in this Catalog section) as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in several disciplines, the Master in Medical Education, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (see "Graduate Programs" later in this section).

Doctor of Medicine and other health sciences students have a number of opportunities to gain experience in private medical offices, community hospitals, and a major academic medical center. M.D. graduates may pursue further training in the specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics at one of 13 University of Iowa-affiliated residency programs in six Iowa cities.

The college also participates in the education of students in the Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health and in the life-sciences and health-related programs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Graduate College.

Health professionals from throughout the Midwest take part in the college's year-round continuing medical education programming, updating their knowledge and skills through refresher courses, clinics, and conferences. The college also offers a variety of services that support Iowa physicians and community hospitals.

In addition to providing education and resources for physicians and other health care organizations, the college addresses broad public issues of distribution and organization of health care services. Its faculty members advise and serve on national, state, and regional health planning councils, health boards, and various health agencies.

Accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Carver College of Medicine meets the requirements of all state licensing boards. Its M.D. diploma admits the holder to all privileges granted to graduates of all medical colleges before such boards. All other professional programs administered by the college are accredited by their respective accrediting bodies.

Professional Program of Study (M.D.)

The Doctor of Medicine is a four-year program that prepares students to practice primary care medicine and to pursue further education and training in specialized areas of medicine. For a description of the M.D. curriculum and information about admission to the program, financial support, and academic rules and procedures, see Doctor of Medicine in the Catalog.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

The Carver College of Medicine offers a Bachelor of Science with majors in medical  laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation sciences. The medical  laboratory sciences major is offered through a partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. See Medical Laboratory Science, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Radiation Sciences in the Catalog.

Undergraduate study in the Carver College of Medicine is guided by the following academic rules and procedures.

Health Insurance, Immunizations

All health professions students are required to provide proof of health insurance coverage annually. Contact the University Benefits Office or visit its web site.

All health sciences students must show proof of health examinations and screenings annually. For more information, contact Student Health & Wellness and see Requirements and Forms on its web site.

Application for Degree

Students who want to be considered for graduation must file an Application for Degree with the Office of the Registrar before the deadline for the session in which the degree is to be conferred. Students who want to have a minor listed on their transcript must indicate this on the degree application form so that completion of the requirements for the minor can be verified.

Academic Recognition

The University of Iowa and the Carver College of Medicine recognize academic achievement every fall and spring semester.


Graduating students may be recognized for their scholastic achievement upon recommendation by their academic program and with the dean's approval. Graduation with distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction is determined by cumulative and University of Iowa grade-point average. Highest distinction requires a g.p.a. of 3.85 or higher; high distinction requires a g.p.a. of 3.75 to 3.84; and distinction requires a g.p.a. of 3.65 to 3.74. Radiologic technology certificate course grades are not included in grade-point-average.

To graduate with distinction, students must have completed a minimum of 60 s.h. in residence at The University of Iowa and must have completed 45 of the final 60 s.h. before their final semester of registration.

Students graduating with distinction are recognized at graduation and a notation is added to their transcript and diploma.


Undergraduate students who achieve a g.p.a. of 3.50 or higher on 12 s.h. or more of University of Iowa graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Dean's List for that semester. Students may qualify for the Dean's List with fewer than 12 s.h. of graded credit if deemed appropriate by the college.


University of Iowa undergraduate students who achieve a g.p.a. of 4.00 on 12 s.h. or more of University of Iowa graded course work and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions) are recognized by inclusion on the President's List.

Financial Support

Students are eligible to apply for undergraduate financial aid. Scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time job placement are administered by the University's Office of Student Financial Aid. Part-time work in related areas is sometimes available.

Registration, Credit, Grading


Information about tuition and fees, registration, and deadlines is available from the Office of the Registrar. Students who add or drop a course after registration or who register late are assessed a fee. Each course dropped after the deadline results in a W (withdrawal) on the transcript (see Changes in Registration below). Students are not allowed to register for full-semester courses after the second week of the semester or the first week of the summer session. Students must register for off-cycle courses before the first day of the course. The maximum permitted registration is 18 s.h. in the fall or spring semester and varies in the summer semester between 4 s.h. (4-week session), 9 s.h. (8-week session or 6- and 8-week sessions combined); and 12 s.h. (4- and 8-week session or 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-week sessions combined). Students may register for a maximum of 16 s.h. of fall or spring course work during early registration. Students must obtain permission from the head of the division to register for more than the maximum semester hours allowed.


Courses may be added with the signatures of the advisor and the course instructor at any time during the first one-fifth of the course. They may be dropped at any time during the first two-thirds of the course. Approval is required from the dean of the Carver College of Medicine for all other changes in registration and is granted only in extraordinary circumstances. Students are assigned a mark of W (withdrawn) for any course dropped after the first one-fifth of the course. Students whose drop of one or more courses results in a registration of 0 s.h. for the semester must follow the procedure for withdrawal from the University instead of the add/drop procedure.

Students who have registered for courses offered for variable or arranged credit may change the number of semester hours with the signatures of the instructor, the advisor, and the head of the division at any time before the end of the first two-thirds of the course.

Other changes in registration (such as to audit for zero credit) may be made only during the first one-fifth of the course.

It is the student's responsibility to see that the change of registration form is approved by the necessary individuals and is delivered to the Registration Center. Changes in registration become effective on the date the completed form is submitted to the Registrar's Service Center.


Students may withdraw registration without academic penalty at any time before the end of the first four-fifths of the course, but no credit is given for the course. Later withdrawal results in automatic assignment of an F. Students who withdraw are not reinstated after the deadline for that session.


Students may register to audit a course with approval of the appropriate program director and course instructor. In addition to obtaining these signatures, students must register for zero credit in the course to be audited. The mark of AUS (audit successful) is assigned if the student's attendance and performance are satisfactory; if they are unsatisfactory, the mark of AUU (audit unsuccessful) is assigned. Courses completed with a mark of AUS do not meet any college requirement and carry no credit toward graduation. Auditing may not be used as a second-grade-only option.


Students who enroll in courses offered by other University of Iowa colleges are governed by those colleges' rules in matters regarding the courses. See Policy Governing Students Enrolled in Courses Outside Their Own College or Degree Program.


The in-residence requirement may be met by earning the final consecutive 30 s.h. in residence at The University of Iowa, or 45 of the last 60 s.h. in residence, or an overall total of 90 s.h. in residence.

Nonresident instruction includes course work and correspondence study at other colleges, universities, and institutions. Undergraduate course work in other University of Iowa colleges counts toward in-residence requirements.


Duplication occurs when students take the same course more than once or when they take a course that duplicates the content of a course they already have completed satisfactorily. Regression occurs when students take a course that is less advanced or at a lower level than one in the same subject that they already have completed satisfactorily. Duplication and regression are assessed by the registrar at the time of graduation analysis. Semester hours earned by duplication or regression do not count toward graduation.


Students must earn a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 each semester in all college work attempted, all work undertaken at The University of Iowa, and all graded work attempted after admission to the Carver College of Medicine. Students enrolled in a program that uses the pass/fail/honors grading system must pass all courses required to complete the program.

Students must earn a C or higher in professional specialty (modality) courses.


Grading procedures vary from program to program. Students should consult individual program policy statements for information.


Students have the option of taking elective courses P/N (Pass/Nonpass) with the permission of the course instructor and/or the department offering the course. Students may register for the P/N grading option beginning the first day of classes up to the last day for undergraduates to add a course (see the Registrar's Academic Deadlines calendar).

To register for a P/N course, the student must print a Grading Option Form, obtain the course instructor and academic advisor signatures, and submit the completed form to the Registrar's Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall, before the published deadline.

P/N course hours are not used in computing the g.p.a. Hours of course work graded P count toward graduation; hours of course work graded N do not. The College accepts a maximum of 15 s.h. of P credit from The University of Iowa toward the bachelor's degree, and a maximum of 30 s.h. of P and S grades from all sources (UI as well as transfer work) toward the bachelor's degree. Students must be in good acadmic standing (not on academic probation) to be eligible for the pass/nonpass option.


Many courses utilize the satisfactory/fall (S/F) or satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading system. All students registered for these courses receive a grade of S, F, or U. Special forms or permissions are not necessary to register for S/F or S/U courses.

Hours of S or U graded course work are not used in computing grade-point averages; hours of F graded courses are used. Hours of S graded course work count as hours earned toward graduation; hours of F or U graded course work do not.

Students may use S graded course work to fulfill General Education Program Requirements and/or the requirements of their major, minor, or certificate. The college accepts a maximum of 15 s.h. of S credit from The University of Iowa toward the bachelor's degree, and a maximum of 30 s.h. of P and S grades from all sources (UI as well as transfer work) toward the bachelor's degree.


Repeating courses for the second-grade-only option is allowed in extraordinary circumstances. To repeat a course for the second-grade-only option, students must obtain the signatures of the course instructor, the program director, and the dean on a form available from the dean's office; the signed form must be returned to the Registrar's Service Center before the end of the first one-fifth of the course. Both grades remain on the permanent record, but only the second one is used to calculate grade-point average and credit earned. Students using the second-grade-only option for courses that are not part of their major must follow the procedure for the college that offers the course.


A grade of I (incomplete) may be reported if the reasons for inability to finish the course satisfactorily are acceptable to the program director and the course instructor. There also must be evidence that the course work will be finished within a reasonable length of time, usually by the end of the next academic session. Incompletes not removed by the deadline for submission of final grades for the next session result in the assignment of a grade of F. Changing the grade when an incomplete has been converted to an F requires the signature of the dean on a change-of-grade form.


Instructors notify any student whose work falls below the minimum acceptable level once the problem is recognized. Grades are reported on the student's transcript, following University protocol. No formal midterm reports are given.

Degrees and Minors


Students who want to earn two bachelor's degrees, each from a different college, must graduate from one major, must apply to the college of the second major, and must complete the degree requirements for the second major, including the residency requirement.


Students who already hold a bachelor's degree and wish to earn an additional bachelor's degree must complete at least 30 s.h. consecutively in the Carver College of Medicine and must meet college and program degree requirements. Individuals interested in earning a second bachelor's degree must apply for admission to the degree program at the University's Office of Admissions.


Students graduating from the Carver College of Medicine may earn a minor or minors in any degree-granting department or program in the college outside of their major department or in another college of the University by meeting that department's requirements for the minor.

Academic Progress, Probation, Dismissal

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic and professional standards and to demonstrate reasonable progress toward the Bachelor of Science and certificate of completion. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress or professional standards of behavior as determined by their program may be placed on probation or dismissed from the program. Probation serves as a warning that the student will not graduate unless his or her academic performance and/or professional behavior improves.

Students on probation are restored to good standing by the program director upon evidence that the problem has been corrected. Such action is usually taken at the end of a semester or session. Entering students may be admitted on probation if they fail to meet the minimum stated standards for admission.

Continued unsatisfactory scholarship or unprofessional behavior may result in dismissal from a program. Students dismissed from a program must reapply for admission through the regular, established program admissions process, following review by a faculty committee, at least four months before the requested date of readmission.

Students placed on probation or dismissed from a program are notified in writing; copies are placed in their files. An academic probation notation is placed on the transcript.

In order to be restored to good standing, students placed on academic probation during a semester or summer session must have a University of Iowa g.p.a. and a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 by the end of the next semester (for full-time students) or by the time they have earned the next 8 s.h. (for part-time students). Students on academic probation who fail to meet the grade-point average requirement in the designated time frame for restoration to good standing are subject to dismissal at the end of the semester.

Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Students who miss classes or examinations because of illness are expected to present evidence that they have been ill. Any other absences must be approved in advance by the course instructor.

Any offense against good order committed by a student in a classroom, clinical setting, or laboratory may be dealt with by the instructor or referred to the program director. The instructor reports in writing any disciplinary action taken against a student to the program director. Repeated or exceptional instances are reported to the dean.

Academic Misconduct


All cases of plagiarism and cheating in the Carver College of Medicine are reported to the dean with a statement of relevant facts. The program director and the instructor may submit recommendations for appropriate disciplinary action.

The individual instructor may reduce the student's grade, including assignment of the grade of F in the course. A report of this action is sent to the student, the program director, and the dean.

The dean, or a faculty committee appointed by the dean, may impose the following or other penalties, as the offense warrants: disciplinary probation, requirement of additional hours for the degree, suspension from the program for a period of time, or recommendation of expulsion from the program.


Students who want to appeal a decision should appeal in writing to the dean within two weeks after the date of receipt of the decision in writing.

Graduate Programs of Study

The Carver College of Medicine offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. in pathology; the M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry, free radical and radiation biology, microbiology, molecular physiology and biophysics, and pharmacology; the Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology and physical rehabilitation science; the Master in Medical Education (M.M.E.); the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.); and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).

It also offers a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree through the Medical Scientist Training Program; see "joint M.D./Graduate Degrees" in the Doctor of Medicine section of the Catalog.

Many of the college's faculty members participate in the Graduate College's interdisciplinary programs in genetics, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, and neuroscience, and in its Biosciences Program.

The Biosciences Program gives graduate students the opportunity to become acquainted with basic molecular research in the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Microbiology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology, and the Programs in Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Genetics, Human Toxicology, Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. The Biosciences Program offers graduate students flexibility during their first year of study, after which they select the department or program in which they will earn their Ph.D. degree. See Biosciences (Graduate College) for details.

Interdisciplinary Programs and Centers

The college's interdisciplinary programs and centers draw strength from college faculty members and the facilities available to them, without regard to departmental units or to the distinction between graduate and postgraduate training. For more information, contact the senior associate dean for scientific affairs.

The following centers are subdivisions of the Carver College of Medicine.

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center studies Alzheimer's disease and related neurological conditions from the viewpoint of neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurochemistry. The center's purposes are to improve the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, to disseminate information on new research to the public, and to contribute to a better understanding of the neural basis of cognition.

Carver Genetic Testing Laboratory

The John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory provides genetic testing for rare eye diseases, especially diseases so rare that commercial tests are unavailable for them. The laboratory's test results provide information to patients and their families while keeping the tests affordable.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) coordinates the efforts of University of Iowa faculty and staff in research, education, and clinical programs related to all aspects of cancer. The HCCC is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as an NCI-designated cancer center and has "comprehensive" status, a designation that recognizes the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary cancer research activity taking place at the University of Iowa.

Iowa Mental Health Clinical Research Center

The major emphasis of the Iowa Mental Health Clinical Research Center is the study of schizophrenia. The center provides the facilities for research linking the clinical picture of the illness with its underlying neurobiology. The center's seven research units conduct the necessary integrative and interdisciplinary research to advance knowledge about the disease.

UI Heart and Vascular Center

The UI Heart and Vascular Center coordinates research and training programs related to cardiovascular diseases. It encompasses several programs: Program Project Grant on Integrative Neurobiology of Cardiovascular Function, Program Project Grant on Cerebral Blood Vessels, Program Project Grant on Oxidative Mechanisms in Vascular Disease, Program Project Grant on Genetic and Signaling Mechanisms in the Central Regulation of Blood Pressure, Program Project Grant on Airway Physiology and Pathophysiology in a Porcine CF Model, Program Project Grant on Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease, a Leducq Foundation Consortium grant, and a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation research and development program. It also coordinates several training programs and a program of other interdisciplinary research supported by a number of individual project grants. The center occupies two floors of cardiovascular research laboratories and administrative offices in the Medical Research Center.


Education and Patient Care Facilities

Carver College of Medicine classes are taught in the Medical Education and Research Facility, Bowen Science Building, Medical Education Building, Medical Laboratories, and in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics classrooms and conference rooms.

The Medical Education and Research Facility contains the college’s four learning communities. The communities group students who are at different stages in their medical education, encouraging peer-to-peer learning and emphasizing leadership and community service. Each learning community features small-group rooms, study and social spaces, computer workstations, a kitchen area, and staff offices. The Medical Education and Research Facility also houses the Performance-Based Assessment Program, which evaluates students’ clinical and communications skills by reviewing simulated physician-patient encounters recorded in mock patient examination suites. 

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is centrally located on the health sciences campus. 

Students acquire clinical-skills experience at the 711-bed University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and in affiliated hospitals and ambulatory care centers throughout Iowa. 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics serves as a tertiary care center for Iowa and portions of adjoining states. Many patients are referred to UI Hospitals and Clinics for care and treatment not available in their home communities.

Research Facilities

The Eckstein Medical Research Building provides space, mechanical systems, and support services that offer flexibility and adaptability for current and future research. The facility enables interdisciplinary groups of faculty scientists, each of whom is researching a human biology problem at the advancing edge of science, to conduct research in close proximity to other select researchers. It also is home to the Biomedical Research Store, which provides University of Iowa investigators with common molecular and cell biology enzymes, reagents, and kits.

The Medical Education and Research Facility houses research laboratories in addition to space for medical education. Connected to it is the Carver Biomedical Research Building. With a state-of-the-art nuclear magnetic resonance facility on its lower level and five floors of laboratories above, the Carver Biomedical Research Building greatly expands the college's research capabilities.

Other buildings that house research labs include Medical Laboratories, Bowen Science Building, Medical Education Building, Medical Research Facility, Medical Research Center, and buildings at the University of Iowa Research Park.

The Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education is staffed by education specialists from a range of disciplines who serve the faculty, staff, and administrators of all Carver College of Medicine programs. The office provides educational consultation, initiates and cooperates in educational research endeavors, and conducts faculty development activities.

Core Research Facilities are centralized laboratories dedicated to developing and providing resources that facilitate biomedical research. They are available on a fee-for-service basis to University of Iowa investigators as well as to entities outside the University. 

Currently under construction is the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. The 225,000-square-foot, six-story facility, located adjacent to the Medical Education and Research Facility and the Carver Biomedical Research Building, is scheduled for completion in 2014. It will contain laboratories and office space and will house the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center and the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, which will bring together scientists from across campus to collaborate on high-risk, high-yield life sciences research.

Nondepartmental Courses

Most Carver College of Medicine courses are offered by the college's departments and programs. They are listed and described in the corresponding General Catalog sections; see the links under "Index: Academic Programs" toward the top of this page. The college also offers the following nondepartmental courses.

MED:3740 (050:147) End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families2-4 s.h.
End‑of‑life issues in care of adults, older adults, and their families. Requirements: RN license. Same as NURS:3740 (096:147), ASP:3740 (153:147), PHAR:3740 (046:146).
MED:5300 (050:283) Health Informatics I3 s.h.
Technological tools that support health care administration, management, and decision making. Requirements: graduate standing. Same as SLIS:5900 (021:275), RSNM:3195 (074:191), HMP:5370 (174:226), BME:5250 (051:187), IE:5860 (056:186), IGPI:5200 (200:110).
MED:7205 (050:174) Foundations of Clinical Practice for Physician Assistants5 s.h.
Practice and expansion of clinical skills; development of broad understanding of the practice of medicine in social context; strengthening of self‑directed learning skills in clinical medicine. Prerequisites: PA:8209 (117:101). Requirements: Physician Assistant Studies and Services enrollment.
MED:7215 (050:175) Foundations of Clinical Practice IV for Physician Assistantsarr.
Basic diagnostic considerations in each of medicine's clinical disciplines, as required of primary care providers.
MED:8001 (050:001) Medical Electivearr.
MED:8003 (050:003) Clinical Clerkshipsarr.
MED:8005 (050:005) Medical Student Research Fellowships0 s.h.
MED:8006 (050:006) Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship0 s.h.
Clinical research projects under University of Iowa faculty mentorship. Requirements: leave of absence from Carver College of Medicine.
MED:8010 (050:190) Introduction to Medical Education at Iowa0 s.h.
Introduction to first‑year fall courses; advanced concepts in anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, and clinical reasoning skills; for M.D. students.
MED:8021 (050:195) Community Health Outreach I0-1 s.h.
Presentations and practical experience working with agencies that provide health care and wellness promotion to communities; substance abuse; child, adolescent, and adult health; aging; interpersonal violence; homelessness.
MED:8022 (050:196) Community Health Outreach II1-2 s.h.
Presentations, patient‑based learning groups, readings, and practical experience working with agencies that provide health care and wellness promotion to communities; substance abuse; child, adolescent, and adult health; aging; interpersonal violence; homelessness.
MED:8023 (050:197) Community Health Outreach III1-2 s.h.
Presentations, patient‑based learning groups, readings, and practical experience working with agencies that provide health care and wellness promotion to communities; substance abuse; child, adolescent, and adult health; aging; interpersonal violence; homelessness.
MED:8028 (050:286) Introduction to U.S. Health Care System1 s.h.
Structure, function, and finance of U.S. health care system; access, cost, quality, finance mechanisms, reform process.
MED:8040 (050:168) Teaching of Physical Exam Skills1-2 s.h.
Components of complete physical exam and educational techniques for teaching such skills: teaching of physical exam components to first‑year students. Requirements: fourth‑year M.D. enrollment.
MED:8041 (050:178) Facilitation of Patient-Centered Learning1-2 s.h.
Experience in facilitating patient‑centered learning groups; case discussion, critique of student presentations and assignments, clinical insight, evaluation of student performances.
MED:8070 (050:185) The Examined Life: Writing and Medicine1 s.h.
Literature, essays, poetry; discussion of participants' writing; students prepare portfolios of their own writing.
MED:8071 (050:188) Career Life Planning1 s.h.
Students' individual interests, values, and decision‑making processes important in selecting a specialty, engaging in the match process, and integrating oneself into the medical profession; personal career development, culture and climate in which physicians work and learn.
MED:8072 (050:189) Evidence-Based Medicine for Clinical Medicine1 s.h.
Evaluation of literature and development of critical thinking skills necessary for evidence‑based medical practice.
MED:8073 (050:191) Biomedical Innovation1 s.h.
Introduction to all phases of medical device/technology development; development of knowledge of entire medical innovation process through didactic sessions, faculty, interactions, and interdisciplinary collaboration; interdisciplinary approach; research and development of a novel medical device, therapy, or model of care. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8076 (050:176) Bioethics and Humanities Seminar1 s.h.
Broad range of topics in bioethics and medical humanities, including philosophical principles, clinical ethics, research ethics, medical professionalism, narrative ethics, and historical and cultural aspects of medicine. Requirements: Carver College of Medicine student in humanities distinction track.
MED:8081 (050:281) Global Health Issues I1 s.h.
Core issues in the current field of global health, including history of global health, health and development, social determinants of health, measuring health and disease, disparities in the American health care system, poverty and health, gender issues and reproductive health, child health, immigrant and migrant health issues, and introduction of major players in global health. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8082 (050:285) Global Health Issues II1 s.h.
Core issues in the current field of global health, including health care as a human right, why the Third World is the Third World, communicable disease issues, outbreaks and pandemics, noncommunicable issues, malnutrition and obesity, cultural context of health care, violence as a health issue, and emergency response and transition to development. Prerequisites: MED:8081 (050:281). Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8083 (050:284) Global Cross-Cultural Electivearr.
Cross‑cultural medical program with focus on health care problems of a domestic or international community; individually arranged.
MED:8084 (050:287) Global Health Seminar1 s.h.
Presentations by faculty members, University special guests, and alumni on their current work in global medicine/global health; implementation of global health concepts. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8102 (050:120) Medical Cell Biology2 s.h.
MED:8105 (050:162) Foundations of Clinical Practice I5 s.h.
MED:8112 (050:240) Human Organ Systems8 s.h.
Microscopic structure and function of major and specialized human organ systems; approach integrating normal microscopic anatomy and human physiology. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8115 (050:163) Foundations of Clinical Practice II5 s.h.
MED:8121 (050:351) Clinical and Professional Skills I3 s.h.
Introduction to concepts of clinical reasoning, communication, physical examination, and evidence‑based clinical practice; principles of biomedical ethics; early clinical interactions and placement of classroom experiences into context of patient care through the Longitudinal Clinical Mentor (LCM) program; interaction with students from other health sciences colleges to explore interprofessional approach to caring for patients. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8122 (050:352) Medicine and Society I3 s.h.
Delivery of individual disease prevention/health promotion services; introduction to social determinants of health; influence and impact of culture and community on health care; community resources; applicaiton of health and risk assessment to individual patients and self. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8123 (050:355) Foundations of Cellular Life5 s.h.
Genetics, embryology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and histology; molecular events required for cellular life; how cells grow and interact to form basic tissues of human body; necessary framework to explore six mechanisms of health and disease. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8124 (050:356) Mechanisms of Health and Disease I5 s.h.
Normal and healthy processes within and among mechanisms of oxygenation, metabolism, and genetics/development; first of six multi‑system mechanisms of health and disease. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8131 (050:353) Clinical and Professional Skills II4 s.h.
Interpersonal skills, lifelong learning, interviewing skills, physical examination skills, ethical issues in patient care, and basic approach to patients in terms of prevention, treatment, and follow‑up care. Second in a sequence during preclinical semesters of medical school and continuing as an integrated strand throughout curriculum. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8132 (050:354) Medicine and Society II4 s.h.
Knowledge and skills related to health promotion and disease prevention from a medicine and society perspective, including impact of behavior, environment, culture, and socioeconomics; identification of major public health problems associated with mechanisms of health and disease. Second in a sequence during preclinical semesters of medical school and continuing as an integrated strand throughout curriculum. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8133 (050:357) Mechanisms of Health and Disease II6 s.h.
Normal and healthy processes within and among mechanisms of Immunology/Inflammation, locomotion/integument, and neuropsychiatry; second of six multi‑system mechanisms of health and disease. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8134 (050:358) Mechanisms of Health and Disease III6 s.h.
Abnormalities or disruptions leading to disease within and among mechanisms of oxygenation, metabolism, and genetics/development; third of six multi‑system mechanisms of health and disease. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8205 (050:164) Foundations of Clinical Practice III5 s.h.
Experience practicing and expanding clinical skills and self‑directed learning skills in clinical medicine; understanding medical practice in a social context. Prerequisites: MED:8105 (050:162) and MED:8115 (050:163). Requirements: second‑year M.D. enrollment.
MED:8213 (050:183) Healthcare Ethics, Law, and Policy2 s.h.
Ethical and legal aspects of health care delivery.
MED:8215 (050:165) Foundations of Clinical Practice IV ICDarr.
Basic diagnostic considerations in each of medicine's clinical disciplines, as required of primary care providers. Prerequisites: MED:8105 (050:162), MED:8115 (050:163), and MED:8205 (050:164). Requirements: second‑year M.D. enrollment.
MED:8221 (050:359) Clinical and Professional Skills III4 s.h.
Advanced clinical reasoning skills through focused patient encounters and interactions with special patient populations; emphasis on integration and use of concepts for cost conscious, patient‑centered, interdisciplinary care. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8222 (050:360) Medicine and Society III4 s.h.
Health services organization and delivery; emphasis on community dimensions of medical practice and patient safety. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8223 (050:361) Mechanisms of Health and Disease IV6 s.h.
Abnormalities or disruptions leading to disease within and among mechanisms of immunology/inflammation, locomotion/integument, and neuropsychiatry; fourth of six multi‑system mechanisms of health and disease. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8224 (050:362) Mechanisms of Health and Disease Keystone6 s.h.
Transition between classroom instruction in mechanisms of health and disease and clinical practice; foundational information from mechanisms of health and disease sequence approached from perspective of what is commonly encountered in clinics; application of information to making diagnostic and management decisions of common important clinical problems. Requirements: M.D. Enrollment.
MED:8300 (050:170) Clinical Beginnings1 s.h.
Orientation to third‑year clerkships; technical skills, simulated patient activities, competence with the physical exam.
MED:8301 (050:180) Community-Based Primary Carearr.
Introduction; clinical activities, work with community agencies and resources, didactic and conferences. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.
MED:8401 (050:280) Medicine, Literature, and Writingarr.
Insights, freedom, joy, responsibilities, and challenges of a life in medicine; reading, discussion, individual creative writing.
MED:8403 (050:300) Teaching Skills for Medical Students4 s.h.
Practical teaching techniques; opportunity for students to develop teaching skills before they become medical residents.
MED:8404 (050:301) Advanced Teaching Skills for Medical Students2 s.h.
Opportunity to expand knowledge and experience in medical education; investigation of medical education in students' specialty of interest through literature research and interaction with faculty; primary focus is to design and successfully complete a faculty approved project. Prerequisites: MED:8403 (050:300). Requirements: fourth‑year M.D. enrollment.
MED:8410 (050:310) Patient Safety for Health Professional Students2 s.h.
Interprofessional experience using multiple pedagogic methods, including team‑based simulation to teach about patient safety and teamwork; collaboratively taught by representatives from anesthesia, pediatrics, internal medicine, Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, and office of UIHC chief quality officer. Same as NURS:3728 (096:128).
MED:8480 (050:282) Global Cross-Cultural Clerkshiparr.
Cross‑cultural medical program at an international site; focus on health care problems of a specific community; individual educational objectives set in advance.
MED:8499 (050:999) Individually Arranged Medicine Electivearr.
Individually arranged elective through the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum.
MED:9701 (050:701) Instructional Design and Technology3 s.h.
Skills and techniques necessary for analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction.
MED:9702 (050:702) Clinical Teaching in Medical Education3 s.h.
Principles and methods for teaching individuals and small groups in outpatient and inpatient settings. Prerequisites: MED:9701 (050:701) or PSQF:6205 (07P:205). Recommendations: educational psychology course.
MED:9703 (050:703) Educational Research and Evaluation3 s.h.
Research design and program evaluation; approaches relevant to medical education.
MED:9711 (050:711) Teaching Methods in Medical Education3 s.h.
Principles and methods for teaching in large and small classrooms. Recommendations: educational psychology course.
MED:9712 (050:712) Introduction to Educational Measurement in Medical Education3 s.h.
Classical test theory; overview of medical education assessment methods; practical information for designing and critiquing assessments.
MED:9713 (050:713) Assessment in Medical Education3 s.h.
Medical education assessment methods; research methods and literature that support current practices; research project. Prerequisites: MED:9712 (050:712).
MED:9714 (050:714) Current Issues in Medical Education3 s.h.
Selected issues, policies, and research.
MED:9720 (050:720) Portfolio Project3 s.h.
Production of individual student portfolios used to integrate knowledge across courses; capstone activity.
MED:9721 (050:721) Study in Faculty Development3 s.h.
Academic credit for approved project or other assigned activities for students in the Teaching Scholars program.
MED:9722 (050:722) Independent Studyarr.
MED:9724 (050:724) Leadership in Medicine3 s.h.
Introduction to basic leadership and management theories pertaining to a health care setting; focus on the history of leadership development, various components of leadership, and how these components can be used to be a successful leader/administrator. Requirements: Master in Medical Education degree program enrollment.
MED:9725 (050:725) Simulation in Medical Education3 s.h.
Appropriate use of various types of simulation in medical education; how to design, deliver, and debrief a simulation activity; literature supporting use of simulation in medical education. Requirements: Master in Medical Education degree program enrollment.

Hospital Certificate Programs of Study Courses

The following courses are conducted by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics staff.

EMT-Paramedic Program

EMTP:0101 (677:101) Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic I0 s.h.
Preparation for role of entry‑level paramedic: comprehension, application, and evaluation of the clinical role; demonstration of technical proficiency in all required skills; demonstration of personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations. Requirements: certification as an emergency medical technician—basic.
EMTP:0102 (677:102) Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic II0 s.h.
Preparation for role of entry‑level paramedic: comprehension, application, and evaluation of the clinical role; demonstration of technical proficiency in all required skills; demonstration of personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations. Prerequisites: EMTP:0101 (677:101).
EMTP:0103 (677:103) Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic III0 s.h.
Preparation for role of entry‑level paramedic: comprehension, application, and evaluation of the clinical role; demonstration of technical proficiency in all required skills; demonstration of personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations. Prerequisites: EMTP:0102 (677:102).

Orthoptics Teaching Program

OTP:4902 (671:902) Orthoptics Program0 s.h.
Clinical science of binocular vision, ocular motility, and related eye disorders; practical, theoretical training in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences two‑year program; written, oral and practical national board examinations required at completion. Requirements: bachelor's degree with specific class recommendations.