MD Program

Contact Medical Student Global Programs

1187 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 353-5762
Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • Iowa Medical Society Education Fund Clinical Experience

    The IMS Education Fund considers funding requests if they relate to one of the following:

    • Health education, promotion, and/or wellness programs.
    • Medical education or scientific programs sponsored by recognized specialty or public health organizations.
    • Activities which enhance the delivery of quality health care in Iowa.
    • Programs or activities which enhance the image of medicine and the career path of medicine.

    Funding requests for clinical experiences fall within these broad guidelines and will be considered if they meet the following specific guidelines:

    • The student must be a junior medical student.
    • Clinical experiences will be in medically underserved areas, preferably in another country.
    • Students must be directed and supervised by a health care provider having extensive knowledge and expertise in the area and a formal tie with the organization or institution where the clinical experience will be undertaken.
    • Clinical experiences need to be arranged through and approved for credit by Carver College of Medicine Global Programs Director.
    • Clinical experiences are to be taken during the student’s senior year and must be completed prior to graduation.
    • Requests for funding must include: a.) the student’s goals for the clinical experience; b.) a plan to achieve these goals; c.) a plan to evaluate the experience; d.) description of language and cultural preparation for the experience; e.) a budget for living expenses, travel and other project related costs including any other source of funds which will be received; f.) the name of the student’s sponsor with information on their credentials.
    • A call for requests for funding will be sent in the spring of the student’s junior year.
    • Students are required to submit a written report to the IMS Education Fund upon completion of their clinical experience.

    Students may apply for up to $1,000.

    Send a copy of your application to each of:

    Mrs. Deborah Potter through email at or traditional mail at:
    IMS Education Fund
    1001 Grand Avenue
    West Des Moines, IA 50265
    Robin Paetzold at or
    Director of Global Programs
    Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum
    Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine 1187A MERF
    Iowa City, IA 52242-2600