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U Iowa
State: Iowa
Positions: 5
Years: 3
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 249
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 253
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 47%

Applied, Received Interview:
00001, Ohio State University, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 259, AOA
00004, Anonymous, Step 1: 248
00005, Anonymous, Step 1: 254, Step 2: 249, AOA
00009, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 250, AOA
00011, Anonymous, Step 1: 243
00012, Anonymous, Step 1: 244
00032, Anonymous, Step 1: 244, Step 2: 233
00089, Anonymous, Step 1: 255, Step 2: 252, AOA
00138, Tulane University, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253, AOA
00177, University of Oklahoma, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 246, AOA
00181, Anonymous, Step 1: 232, Step 2: 260
00182, Albany Medical College, Step 1: 267, Step 2: 264, AOA
00486, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 260
01388, Anonymous, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 255
02630, Anonymous, Step 1: 249
02651, Medical College of Wisconsin, Step 1: 254, AOA
03055, University of Texas, Houston, Step 1: 255, AOA
03107, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 231
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
03122, University of Virginia, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 246
03356, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, Step 2: 245, AOA
03870, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 265, AOA
03874, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, AOA
14009, Tulane University, Step 1: 247, Step 2: 245
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA
14228, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, Step 2: 262, AOA
16941, Anonymous, Step 1: 257, AOA

Applied, No Interview:
00007, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 236
00008, University of Virginia, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 262
00013, Anonymous, Step 1: 228
00015, University of Alabama, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 252, AOA
00016, Anonymous, Step 1: 222, Step 2: 238
00080, University of Virginia, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 243, AOA
00178, Anonymous, Step 1: 233, Step 2: 255
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
00488, Loyola University Chicago, Step 1: 264, Step 2: 264, AOA
00491, University of South Dakota, Step 1: 225, Step 2: 256
00546, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 253
00607, Tulane University, Step 1: 219, Step 2: 242
00691, Anonymous, Step 1: 224, Step 2: 233
00693, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 247, AOA
00695, Boston University, Step 1: 248, AOA
00922, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, AOA
02581, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 250
02582, Anonymous, Step 1: 221
02626, University of Louisville, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 220
02671, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 247
02686, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 256, AOA
02687, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 242
02689, University of Arizona, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 264
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03154, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, AOA
03156, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 262
03176, University of Louisville, Step 1: 236, Step 2: 226
03583, Anonymous, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 230
03632, Wright State University, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 236
03682, Anonymous, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 238
03752, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 250
03837, University of South Carolina, Step 1: 244, Step 2: 261, AOA
03863, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 265, AOA
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
03945, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 254, AOA
13890, Loma Linda University, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 255
13904, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, AOA
13949, Anonymous, Step 1: 247
13977, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, AOA
14151, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 261, AOA
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14227, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 270, AOA
14236, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 246
14238, Anonymous, Step 1: 256, Step 2: 275, AOA

Interview Experiences
Three interviews with two faculty each.
chair, prog director, and other faculty. all were 2 on 1
multiple 2-on-1 interviews
Grand rounds in the morning followed by three interviews with faculty and chief residents. A few minutes in clinic and tour with resident Lunch Dinner with residents the night of the interview
Interview spent entirely on campus. 6-7 interviews including chair and residents. Mostly 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 interivew.
Great; attend the dinner
Very laid back interview experience. Everyone, including faculty, staff, and residents were all very nice and inviting. Dinner with the residents after the interview provided a great way to learn more about the program.
4 2-on-1 interviews. Very friendly, very conversational. PD is great, chair is great.
Three short 2:1 interviews
Phenomenal. Split into 4 groups for bus tour, hospital tour, interviews, and prelim year talk. Bar none the best organized.
Nearly everyone who attends this interview is blown away by the program. 3 Interviews with 2 people each (PD, chair, and one with chief residents). Walking and driving tour around Iowa City. Great residents dinner after interview day.
Program Advantages
Great commitment to education from all faculty.
supportive atmosphere, plenty of public speaking (grand rounds every day), happy residents, sparkling facilities. midwest hospitality
Wow! What an amazing program. Wonderful sense of collegiality. Faculty were very invested in teaching. Grand Rounds every day. Solid all around.
Reputation Strong didactics with daily Grand Rounds Great Facilities World class faculty and great residents Everyone seemed to get along really well
Fantastic clinic, newly renovated. Entire department takes the whole floor with every subspecialty clinic. World renowned faculty. Great research. Daily grand rounds. Very academic. Cheap cost of living.
5 residents, great staff and facilities, reputation
Excellent reputation. Faculty are all very strong and place resident training very high on their priorities. Residents are very well trainined and appeared very happy with their experience at Iowa.
Everything. This place has it all. Great residents, friendly faculty. Facilities are top-notch. Iowa city is actually pretty cool - college town, progressive feel, cool downtown area.
-Great name -Program director really seems really nice and caring
Nice people, good clinical facilities
-Teaching-oriented faculty -Collegial residents, low stress -Research powerhouse -Amazing PD -Ease into learning (not sink or swim) -Happy residents, resident-focused -Daily grand rounds / Eye rounds
strong surgical numbers, top clinical training in rural location
Emphasis on residency education. Integrated intern year with 5 months of ophthalmology--reduces the stress of being on call as a PGY2. Above national average surgical experience (230 cataracts).
Program Disadvantages
Iowa City may not fit everyone. Some Saturday didactics.
Saturday lectures, very difficult to park, all residents married. has a big HHMI researcher, but otherwise very little NIH funded research here
No resident run clinic (as far as I could tell), Iowa City is a great college town, but it is small and might not be for everyone
Iowa city not the most appealing place to live Lack of resident run clinic
Saturday lectures (can be advantage or disadvantage depending on who you are) Iowa is middle of nowhere. Cold.
iowa, bring a jacket
None really. Iowa city is a bit isolated, but not a hicksville by any means.
Residents do marginally well on OKAPs. Surgical training is fair, practically non-existent in first year with crowding out by fellows/seniors. Has reputation as being resident-friendly, but heard of brutal call and constant haranguing/hovering by the facu
-Iowa Cityyyy -Built in intern year (probably a pro for most, but again, means one more year in Iowa City)
Iowa might not be for everyone all residents married with kids
Iowa City might not be for everyone, however hard to find a better cost of living.