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

  • Suggested MD/JD Combined Degree Program of Study

    The following is the suggested path for completing the MD/JD combined degree. The typical MD/JD student will not follow this exact path, but it is the preferred program of study.

    Pre-Year 1

    Summer

    Law curriculum
    12 hours, 4 courses
    11 weeks, mid May to early Aug

    Year 1

    Fall Semester

    Law Student Curriculum
    15 hours, 5 courses
    15 weeks, Aug to Dec

    Spring Semester

    Law Student Curriculum
    13-16 hours
    15 weeks, Jan to May

    Summer

    Law Student Curriculum
    6 or 12 hours
    5 or 11 weeks
    mid May to end June or
    end June to early Aug or
    mid May to early Aug

    Year 2

    Fall Semester

    Medical Student Curriculum
    19 hours, 5 courses
    17 weeks, Aug to Dec

    Spring Semester

    Medical Student Curriculum
    19 hours, 4 courses
    17 weeks, Jan to May

    Summer

    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)
    Free summer

    Year 3

    Fall Semester

    Medical Student Curriculum
    20 hours, 4 courses
    17 weeks, Aug to Dec

    Spring Semester

    Medical Student Curriculum
    20 hours, 3 courses
    17 weeks, Jan to May

    Summer

    Step 1 United States Medical Licensing Exam mid June
    ~2 weeks vacation after exam

    Year 4

    Fall Semester

    Medical Student Curriculum
    24 weeks clinical clerkships
    June to Dec

    Spring Semester

    Medical Student Curriculum
    24 weeks clinical clerkships
    Jan to June

    Summer Semester

    Law Student Curriculum
    6 hours, 5 weeks
    end of June to early Aug

    Year 5

    Fall Semester

    Law Student Curriculum
    15 hours of electives
    15 weeks, Aug to Dec

    Spring Semester

    Law Student Curriculum
    15 hours of electives
    15 weeks, Jan to May

    Summer Semester

    Bar Exam prep course & Bar Exam
    (take exam last Mon-Wed of July)
    end May to end July

    Year 6

    Fall and Spring Semesters

    Medical Student Curriculum
    August to May
    32 weeks of clinical clerkships or 20 weeks if using 12 hrs from JD
    2 parts of Step 2 US Medical Licensing Exam
    MD and JD degrees conferred mid-May

    Summer

    Usually begin medical residency training

    Graduation Requirements

    College of Law – 78 hours plus 12 hours awarded for M.D. work = 90 semester hours required for JD.
    Contact the College of Law at 319-335-9095, law-joint-degree@uiowa.edu

    College of Medicine – 151 semester hours plus 12 semester hours awarded for JD work = 163 semester hours required for M.D.
    Contact Damien Ihrig, Carver College of Medicine, 319-335-8046, damien-ihrig@uiowa.edu