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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 17, 2004

First-Year UI Medical Students A Diverse, Experienced Group

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine received 2,294 applications for the 2004-2005 school year, and 142 students this week officially begin their first year as medical students.

A general profile of the UI Carver College of Medicine Class of 2008 reveals that of the 142 first-year students, 96 are Iowa residents (68 percent) and 46 (32 percent) are from 19 different states outside of Iowa. Thirty-five percent of the students are from rural communities.

The class includes 66 women, which is 46.5 percent of the total of first-year medical students.

"The Admissions Committee, with much effort and thoughtful deliberation, has selected a stellar class. Academically, this group of students mirrors the quality of previous entering classes as reflected in the strength of their grade point averages and standardized test scores," said Cathy Solow, assistant dean and director of admissions in the UI Carver College of Medicine. "Most impressive is the diverse background each student brings to the class."

In terms of ethnic status, 35 students (24 percent) are from minority populations; 23 of these students are underrepresented minorities.

Most medical students enter medical school the semester or year following completion of their undergraduate degrees, but Solow noted that this year's incoming class includes eight students age 30 and older.

Students who completed their undergraduate education at one of Iowa's universities and colleges are well represented, making up 45 percent of the class. Forty-four students graduated from Iowa Regents institutions and 20 students graduated from other Iowa colleges. In terms of the students' undergraduate majors when entering the UI Carver College of Medicine, biological or physical sciences make up more than three-quarters of the class. Approximately two-thirds of the students already have some research experience, gained from their undergraduate education or from the private sector, Solow said.

She also noted a strong sense of service and humanism in this year's incoming class, referring to intangible qualities that many of the new medical students possess.

"I am continually impressed with each new class of medical students. The creativity, dedication and commitment they bring to the UI is outstanding," Solow said. "Outside of significant volunteer health care experience, a number of our students have worked with medical missions to underserved countries. Several people are former teachers. This class also includes a published poet, a professional chess player, a variety of gifted musicians and artists, a member of the Air National Guard, accomplished athletes and a former collegiate cheerleader. Each of our students brings his or her own unique background and breadth of experience that will serve them well as students and, ultimately, as doctors."

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