Review Detail

 
Iowa
by John Langland     August 15, 2007    
(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
8.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
7.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
6.0
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
8.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
8.0
Overall Experience 
 
8.0

Iowa Rotation

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Faculty are quite knowledgable, and are generally leaders in their field. Sometimes this did not appear to translate to a great interaction with residents/students, but overall quite good.
Didactics / Teaching
Incredibly organized didactics at this institution. Conferences can be intense even as med students, but is a great learning experience.
Operating Experience
Operative experience can be limited. There are cases that residents are double scrubbed on so obviously students can end up feeling a little off to the side. Did not feel that the residents skill set in the operating room matched up with other programs I saw.
Clinic Experience
Lots of clinic to go around. I was in clinic at least 3 days per week on the rotation. Med students at that time were not dictating. Unsure if that has changed. Pretty standard--see the patient, present the story and a possible plan. This is the best opportunity to let some of the staff know if you are bright or just a pretender.
Research Opportunities
There is no doubt that this place is an academic juggernaut. If you have the inkling to do research, there are plenty of opportunities.
Residents
Mixed bag. Had a group of residents that were really cool, but there was also a bit of a nerdy feel. Many of the juniors are good folk.
Lifestyle
Can't be beat. THEY TAKE CARE OF THEIR RESIDENTS.
Location / Housing
Vastly underrated location. College town with affordable housing. Nightlife downtown (when not on call) is quite fun. Excellent place to raise a family.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great program. Really have to work to make a name for yourself on the rotation. Excellent academic center, but be very careful of the fit. It is not for everyone.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
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