From the Acting Dean
Welcome to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. I'm pleased to have this opportunity to tell you a little bit about this vibrant, unique, and world-class college.
This is a great place to work, to learn, and to teach. The UI Carver College of Medicine is an integral component of UI Health Care, one of the country's largest academic medical centers. Patients come from all over the world for our top-notch, world-class clinical care. Our students have the opportunity to learn alongside some of the world's best clinicians and researchers and work with patients beginning their first year of training.
We have a strong tradition of providing cutting-edge educational opportunities for our students. Thirteen years ago, we were one of the first colleges in the country to introduce student communities, a new concept at the time in medical education. Today we are once again redesigning and updating our curriculum to best meet the needs of our students and provide them with the best education possible. The new curriculum is currently being designed and will begin with the 2012 entering class.
Our efforts are reflected in our strong national reputation. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College 12th in the nation for primary care and 29th for research among the nation's universities. In addition, several of the College's programs, including the physician assistant program and the physical therapy program, were also highly ranked. The UI Carver College of Medicine also attracted more than $229 million in external research funding in FY2011.
Something that truly makes our college special is a collaborative spirit that is unique and inspiring. When people talk about our college and hospital, words like "collaboration," "congeniality," "cooperation," "mentoring," and "teamwork" seem to come up a lot, and that's a big part of why it's such a great place to work and learn. Another reason is the great community we are located in. Iowa City has the charm and familiarity of a small town along with the cultural events, restaurants, and other comforts of the big city. The people here are proud of their University and the world-class academic medical center at the heart of it.
I hope you will have the chance to find out more about our college and community, either through this website or by visiting our campus. Once again, welcome. We're glad to have you here.
Donna L. Hammond, PhD
Acting Dean, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine