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Carver College of Medicine

Carver College of Medicine

History of Carver College of Medicine

A very well-known Davenports surgeon, Washington Freeman Peck made great efforts to create Carver College of Medicine in the city of Iowa. With the support of Judge John F. Dillon and the Honorable John P. Irish who was the state legislator as well as the member of the University Board of Trustees, Dr. Peck was able to succeed in his efforts. In 1870, the Iowa city’s Medical Department gained the recognition as an official University Medical College. The first class of the college was welcomed on the 20th of September, 1870 and comprised of 37 students out of which 8 were women. The college became the first public institution to admit women to its class. In 1898, the original university hospital was opened and also the first University Teaching Hospital South of the Mississippi River. In 2001, the Medical College was named after Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver, who gave more than 90 Million Dollars in gift supporting patient care and research.


About Carver College of Medicine

Carver College of Medicine is a highly ranked Medical College which is a College of the University of Iowa. The College of Medicine is several number of specialized centers of care and research, which are:

  • The Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration
  • The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research
  • The Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center
  • The Iowa Neuroscience Institute
  • The Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

Admission Criteria’s for Carver

    Course Requirements

    The candidate applying should have earned credit in the following courses:

  • Biology: 2 semesters of introductory courses with labs, and 1 advanced course. The advanced courses that are recommended are:
  • Human Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry: 3 semesters of introductory courses along with Organic and General lab’s. A Biochemistry course can be substituted for one semester of Organic Chemistry
  • Physics: 2 semesters of introductory courses along with labs
  • English: 2 courses that include composite and literature.
  • Biochemistry: 1 course that includes a comprehensive review of molecular structures and biochemistry of carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins, central metabolic pathways, enzyme functions, and metabolism of carbon-based molecules.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities: 4 courses and the recommended courses are:
  • Sociology
  • Foreign Language
  • Behavioral Psychology

    Grade Point Average

    The candidates applying should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher out of a total of 4.0. Applicants who have a grade point average of less than 3.0 should have completed a minimum of 20 hours of science Post-baccalaureate or Graduate work at 3.5 or higher.

    MCAT

    Carver College of Medicine Admission Test is required by all candidates and they should have taken the test, latest before matriculation.

    American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

    After fulfilling all the requirements the candidate has to fill out the AMCAS application which is to be filled online. In the AMCAS application, the candidate should attach letters of recommendation.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Three to five letters of recommendation are required, which can be from a faculty member, research experience, clinical experience or a job (if you’re working). There are several options for the letters of recommendation. They are as follows:

    1. Individual Letters:the applicant can submit individual letters to the AMCAS letter service which requires 3 letters; 1 non-academic and 2 academic. A maximum of 4 letters can be submitted.
    2. Committee Letter: The candidate’s school can submit a committee letter or a comprehensive report.
    3. Packets of Letters: The candidate’s school should submit a packet consisting of at least 3 individual letters.

    If the candidate is applying for an MD or Ph.D. program then they have to submit a letter from the research mentor of their most significant research experience.

    Interviews

    Applicants who are selected are sent an invitation for the interview by the admission committee. The interviews are conducted on weekdays from September till January.

    On the interview day, applicants are given a short orientation session followed by an informal lunch, tour of the Carver College of Medicine. After this, interviews are conducted by two of the faculty members and the duration of each interview is about 25 minutes.


    Financial Aid

    The Carver College of Medicine provides students with financial aid and below are the steps for applying for the aid:

    STEP 1:

    Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible after the 1st of October. The candidate has to provide their parents with Federal Tax information using the FAFSA IRS Retrieval option.

    STEP 2:

    The applicant has to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor.

    STEP 3:

    The applicant will receive an award notification via email and the award will only include loans until the tax information of the applicant’s parents is provided.

    STEP 4:

    The applicant should check the status of their award on MyUI. The loan has to be accepted on MyUI to be processed.

    STEP 5:

    The applicant should complete and submit all promissory notes and entrance loan counseling. Applicants who are borrowing for the first time have to complete Master Promissory Notes (MPNs).

    STEP 6:

    The applicant will receive their fund. It is highly advisable that the applicant only borrows what they need.

    NOTE: If the applicant wishes to reduce or decline their loan they can contact the CCOM Financial Services team, 319-335-8059.


Campus

The University of Iowa, Health Sciences campus is beautifully built with ultramodern architecture and numerous facilities like the Carver Biomedical Research Building, the Medical Education and Research Facility, the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building and many more facilities mentioned below.

    Library

    Harden Library for Health Sciences is a huge library with numerous resources like E-Journals, Course Reserves, Subject Guides, etc. the library also has about 6,500 volumes in the rare book room. These consist of journals and books ranging from the 15th to 21st Centuries.

    Hours:

    Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

    Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Places to Eat

  • Black’s Gold Grill
  • Burge Market Place
  • Catlett Market Place
  • Clinton Street Market
  • EMRB Café
  • Fire Up Late Night Grill
  • Food for Thought Café
  • Grand Avenue Market
  • Hillcrest Market Place
  • Mayflower Market
  • Power Café
  • River Room Café
  • Street Hawk Food Truck
  • The Filling Station
  • Union Market
  • Union Station

    Transportation Services

    The campus provides different mediums of transportation. Public transportation known as CAMBUS is provided and it has no fare and is available to the general public as well.

    Bicycles are also available for the students and staff and there is separate parking for the bikes.

    The university has a fleet service consisting of 500 vehicles which are available for daily rentals by the departments.

    Fleet Services Dispatcher: (319) 384-0564

    Fleet Services Shop: (319) 335-5105

    Hours of Operation:

    Office: Monday-Friday: 7am-6pm

    Office: Closed on Saturdays

    Shop: Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

    Fuel Island: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Housing

    After admission, the student can apply for housing via MyUI where you have to verify your details and agree to the terms and conditions. The student then has to pay $75 to reserve their place.

    There are ten residence halls with different types of rooms and amenities. All halls have vending machines, laundry facilities and are air-conditioned. The following are the residence halls:

  • Burge Hall
  • Catlett Hall
  • Currier Hall
  • Daum Hall
  • Hillcrest Hall
  • Mayflower Hall
  • Petersen Hall
  • Rienow Hall
  • Slater Hall
  • Stanley Hall

    Campus Recreation & Wellness Center

    The center occupies 20,000 square feet area and stands 3 story’s tall. The recreations center facilities like:

  • 50-meter competitive swimming pool
  • 52 ½ foot climbing wall
  • 18-foot deep diving well
  • Recreation Swimming Pool
  • 1/9 mile jogging track
  • Two basketball/volleyball courts
  • 1 multi-activity gym
  • A café
  • Locker rooms
  • Upgraded club locker rooms
  • A Wellness Suite
  • Recreational Services Administrative Suite

The center also provides many different sports programs like:

  • Swimming lessons
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers with First Aid
  • Personal training
  • Cardio-inspired dance classes
  • Meditative Yoga classes
  • Learning to row

Memberships is needed for the center and the fee for different categories of members is as follows:

Student Rates:

Category

Month

Daily

UI Student – Enrolled

N/A

N/A

UI Student – Not Enrolled / Student – No Fee / 2+2 Student

$34

$10

UI Student Spouse/Domestic Partner

$34

$10

UI Dependent (Ages: 4-18)

$11

$8

UI Dependent (Ages: 0-3)

Free

Free

 

Faculty & Staff Rates:

Category

Year

Month

Day

Perpetual Month

UI Faculty / Staff

$468

 

$10

$39

UI Faculty / Staff Spouse/Domestic Partner

$468

$39

$10

$39

UI Faculty / Staff Dependent (Ages: 4-18)

$156

$13

$8

$13

UI Faculty / Staff Dependent (Ages: 0-3)

Free

Free

Free

Free

 

Retiree & Affiliate Rates:

Category

Year

Month

Day

UI Retiree / UI Affiliate

$468

$39

$10

UI Retiree / UI Affiliate Spouse/Domestic Partner

$468

$39

$10

UI Retiree / UI Affiliate Dependent (Ages: 4-18)

$156

$13

$8

UI Retiree / UI Affiliate Dependent (Ages: 0-3)

Free

Free

Free

 

Alumni Rates:

Category

Year

Month

Day

UI Alumni

$515

$80

$10

UI Alumni Spouse/Domestic Partner

$515

$80

$10

UI Alumni Dependent (Ages: 4-18)

$172

$27

$8

UI Alumni Dependent (Ages: 0-3)

Free

Free

Free

 

Community Rates

Category

Year

Month

Day

UI Community

$561

$87

$10

UI Community Dependent (Ages: 4-18)

$188

$30

$8

UI Community Dependent (Ages: 0-3)

Free

Free

Free

 

Daily Walk-In Rates:

  • Ages (0 – 3): No Charge
  • Ages (4 – 18): $8.00
  • Ages (19+): $10.00

Apart from this the university also has 500 clubs and organizations from which to choose, and close to 10 percent of students go Greek as members of the school’s more than 50 fraternities and sororities.


Departments

  • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Department of Anesthesia
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Services
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Department of Radiology
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Urology

Learning Communities

There are several learning communities in the university which were established in 1999. These communities were established to improve activities and provide opportunities to the students.

    1. William Bean Community
    2. Lois Boulware Community
    3. Rubin Flocks Community
    4. Jennie McCowen Community

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The fraternity and Sorority Community of the university started in 1866 with Beta Theta Pi being the first fraternity. Currently, there are 49 fraternities and sororities which include 6 National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters, 14 Panhellenic Council chapters, 9 Multicultural Greek Council chapters, and 20 Interfraternity Council chapters.

    Interfraternity Council

    Under this council the students can gain the scholarships through the following fraternities and sororities:

  • Acacia Fraternity (Ακακία)
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (AEΠ)
  • Alpha Sigma Phi (ΑΣΦ)
  • Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ)
  • Delta Tau Delta (ΔΤΔ)
  • Delta Upsilon (DΥ)
  • Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ)
  • Phi Delta Theta (ΦΔΘ)
  • Phi Kappa Psi (ΦΚΨ)
  • Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚA)
  • Pi Kappa Phi (ΠΚΦ)
  • Sigma Chi (ΣΧ)
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦE)
  • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon (ΤΚΕ)
  • Multicultural Greek Council

    The council was established in 2010 and some of its organizations are:

  • The Pi Chapter of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. — 2011
  • The Xi Chapter of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – 2013
  • The Gamma Gamma Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity, Inc. – 2013
  • The Rho Chapter of Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority – 2013
  • The Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. – 2014
  • The Colony Chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. – 2017
  • The University of Iowa Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. – 2018
  • The councils aim is to promote multicultural awareness and to improve the relations of all fraternities and sororities.

    National Pan-Hellenic Council

    This council consists of six of the Divine 9 historically African American fraternities and sororities that call Iowa home which are:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated
  • Alpha Theta Chapter: Chartered March 11th, 1922
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated
  • Epsilon Theta Chapter: chartered May 10th, 1969
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated
  • Gamma Chapter: Chartered March 7th, 1914
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
  • Delta Chapter: Chartered April 4th, 1919
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated
  • Kappa Psi Chapter: Chartered May 5th, 1979
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated
  • Pi Kappa Chapter: Chartered December 2nd, 1980
  • Panhellenic Council

    The Panhellenic Council has 14 chapters. Members of the Panhellenic Community commit to collegiate years focused on service, academics, social connections, leadership, personal development, and a continued goal of improving Iowa’s campus and community.

    The Primary Recruitment process takes place over two weekends. The first weekend is scheduled for September 26th through September 29th. The second weekend is scheduled for October 3rd through October 7th, with Bid Day falling on October 7th. The Panhellenic Primary Recruitment process is an involved one, with full schedules on each of those days, utilizing the late afternoon and evening hours on Thursday, Friday and Monday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Students must be considered a full-time student (registered for at least 12 semester hours at The University of Iowa).

    It is important to understand the University of Iowa’s Panhellenic Primary Recruitment is a mutual selection process and participating in Fall Primary Recruitment does not guarantee a Potential New Member an invitation to join a Panhellenic sorority. “Mutual Selection” is based on the individual chapter’s decision if they see you fit and your decision if you see yourself fit. We have a high placement rate and many women find their home in our community. Your best chance of joining an organization is to keep an open mind and to maximize your options.


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