MD Program

Contact the Registrar

1216 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Visiting Students: (319) 335-8053
Graduate Records: (319) 335-6823
Combined Degrees & USMLE: (319) 335-8046
Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • MD/JD

    Preferred Program of Study

    Year Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
    YEAR 1 Law Curriculum 1
    5 courses, 15 hours
    15 weeks, August to December
    Law Curriculum 2
    13-16 hours
    15 weeks, January to May
    Law Curriculum 3
    6 or 9 hours
    5 or 11 weeks, Mid-May to end of June
    or end of June to early August
    or Mid-May to early August
    YEAR 2 Medicine Pre-Clinical 1
    5 courses, 21 hours
    17 weeks, August to December
    Medicine Pre-Clinical 2
    4 courses, 20hours
    18 weeks, January to May
    Choose from:
    2nd year Law electives-same options as previous summer
    Law externship-may earn up to 6 hours credit
    MECO (clinical experience at an Iowa hospital)
    Research fellowship
    Global experience
    Free summer
    YEAR 3 Medicine Pre-Clinical 3
    4 courses, 20 hours
    17 weeks, August to December
    Medicine Core Clinical 1
    1 week Transition to Clerkships
    24 weeks Core Clerkships
    January to June
    YEAR 4 Medicine Core Clinical 2
    24 weeks Core Clerkships
    July to December
    Medicine Advanced Clinical 1
    4 weeks USMLE Step 1
    20 weeks clerkships
    possibly one or both parts of USMLE Step 2
    January to June
    YEAR 5 Law Curriculum 4
    16 hours of electives
    15 weeks, August to December
    Law Curriculum 5
    16 hours of electives
    15 weeks, January to May
    Bar Exam prep course and Bar Exam
    (take exam last Monday-Wednesday of July)
    end of May to end of July
    YEAR 6 Final Medicine Advanced Clinical Year
    32 weeks of remaining clinical clerkships/20 if using all 12 hours of credit exchange from the MPH
    July to May
    possibly one or both parts of USMLE Step 2
    MD and JD degrees conferred mid-May
    Begin medical residency training
    July 1

    Tuition Requirements

    MD/JD students will be assessed the MD tuition rate for all semesters, excluding semesters with the majority of coursework in the College of Law. During those semesters, MD/JD students will be assessed the JD rate for tuition. Students must also pay a minimum of 8 full time semesters of MD tuition.

    Graduation Requirements

    College of Law – 72 hours plus 12 hours awarded for MD work = 84 semester hours required for the JD
    Contact the College of Law at 319-335-9095, law-joint-degree@uiowa.edu

    College of Medicine – 154 semester hours plus 12 semester hours awarded for JD work = 166 semester hours required for the MD
    Contact Damien Ihrig, Carver College of Medicine, 319-335-8046, damien-ihrig@uiowa.edu