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

  • Student Services

    Address Changes 

    If you need to change your address, phone number, or emergency contact information please go to the Student Directory. Once you log in, select "Change or restrict my listing," then select one or all of the following: "Click here for Address/Phone Information Change Request" "Click here for Restricted Information Change Request" (if you wish to restrict the release of your address information to third parties) "Click here for Emergency Contact Information Change Request"

    If you change your address or phone number, we will update the main university system for you.

    Away Electives 

    Advanced Clinical students looking to schedule an elective rotation at another institution must complete the Individually Arranged Elective Form and submit it to Marcia in 1216 MERF at least 4 weeks before the start of the clerkship. Some schools use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) from the AAMC. Information on away electives is presented in the M3 class meeting held in January.  Questions? 335-8053


    If you need a new badge or door access in MERF, visit Marcia, Annette, or Damien in 1216 MERF.

    Board Exams 

    Information on registering for Step 1 is presented in the fall M3 class meeting.  Information on Step 2 will be sent to the M3 class early in their spring semester.  More information on each exam can be found in the USMLE Bulletin of Information.  Need a transcript of your scores? Contact the NBME.  Past performance by Carver College of Medicine students can be found here.

    Clinical Clerkship Scheduling

    All clinical clerkship scheduling and changes are made through our office.  Due to limited capacity, Core Clerkship and Advanced Clerkship schedules are generated using an online request system and lottery.  Information on M4 schedules is presented in the M3 class meeting held in January.  Information on Core year clerkship schedules is presented in the M2 class meeting held in September.

    M4s interested in adding or dropping clerkships must contact Marcia: 335-8053 at least 4 weeks before the start of the clerkship. 

    Combined Degrees 

    Combined degrees with JD, MBA, MPH, or PhD are available for interested medical students.  Please visit the main Combined Degree page for more information.

    Commencement Ceremony and Graduation

    Please visit the main Graduation page.

    Enrollment Verifications & Deferments 

    Drop off paperwork with Annette in 1216 MERF. There is no charge for this service.  Questions? 335-6823


    Information on the Match is presented at the M3 class meeting held in May.  An overview of the Match process is available here.

    The Main Residency Match is run through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  Residency program applications and interviews are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS - pronounced "air-us") from the AAMC.  A token to access ERAS is sent to you via email the first week in September of your M3 year.  The NRMP and ERAS operate independently and each has their own set of fees.  We upload your transcript and your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) into ERAS.  Letters writers are required to use the ERAS Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP).  The MSPE has a national release date of October 1.  The Ophthalmology Match is operated through the SF Match and is completely separate from the main residency match.  We will assist Ophthalmology applicants with their transcripts, letters, and MSPE.  On the Monday of Match week, students learn if they've matched.  Students going unmatched or partially unmatched will participate in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).  Match Day is the third Friday of March.  Letters indicating where students have matched are distributed at 11:00 am on Match Day.  Questions? 335-6823

    Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) 

    The MSPE is created during the first few months of the M4 year and is released nationwide on October 1.  The MSPE describes, in a sequential manner, a student's performance, as compared to that of his/her peers, through three full years of medical school and, as much as possible, the fourth year. The MSPE includes an assessment of both the student's academic performance and professional attributes. When instructed, go here to begin the MSPE process.

    Name Changes 

    Contact Marcia in 1216 MERF regarding name changes.  We will update the main university system. 335-8053


    If you need something notarized, visit Annette, Marcia, or Damien in 1216 MERF.

    Residency Paperwork 

    Graduating M4s should bring any paperwork to be completed by the school to Annette in 1216 MERF. Questions? 335-6823

    Semester Registration 

    Registration for all medical student courses is done through our office.  Holds may be placed on a student's registration due to overdue Ubills or immunization requirements.  Medical students will be notified of any holds by Marcia Hopp.  Holds must be taken care of ASAP to prevent a student from missing the start of classes or clerkships.  Questions? 335-8053


    Official transcripts may be ordered on MyUI.  There is no charge.  Transcripts will automatically be ordered and uploaded to ERAS for the Match. Questions? 335-6823

    Visiting Medical Student Electives 

    Students from other LCME accredited allopathic schools interested in applying for a fourth year visiting elective must meet the qualifications and complete the application listed here:  

    White Coats

    New white coats may be purchased by stopping in to 1216 MERF. 

    White Coat Ceremony 

    The Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony is held on the last day of Orientation for all incoming M1 medical students.  Please visit the main White Coat Ceremony page for more information.