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Aug. 23, 2007

UI Carver College of Medicine first-year class increases to 148

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will welcome 148 first-year students for its 2007-08 school year, an increase of six students from prior years' classes.

The increased class size is part of a national trend among medical colleges to counter a potential physician workforce shortage in the coming years. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has called for a 30 percent increase nationally in first-year U.S. medical school enrollment by 2015.

"This is indeed a response to national workforce projections and the need to meet the health care demands of a growing and aging U.S. population," said Cathy Solow (left), assistant dean in the UI Carver College of Medicine and director of the college's office of admissions.

The 148 students in the Carver College of Medicine class of 2011 include 138 students in the M.D. program and 10 students enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), a combined M.D.- Ph.D. plan of study. A total of 2,956 individuals applied for admission, including 321 Iowa residents.

Ninety-nine, or 72 percent, of the 138 students in the general M.D. program are Iowa residents. This figure drops to 67 percent when adding the 10 students -- all non-Iowa residents -- accepted into the MSTP. Solow noted that the college strives for at least 70 percent of the class to be comprised of Iowa residents.

The class of 2011 includes 66 women, which is 45 percent of the total of first-year medical students.

In terms of ethnic status, 24 students (16 percent) are from minority populations; 17 of these students are under-represented minorities.

Students who completed their undergraduate education at one of Iowa's universities and colleges are well represented, making up 51 percent of the class. Fifty-eight students graduated from Iowa Regents institutions, and 18 students graduated from other Iowa colleges.

Most students enter medical school the semester or year following completion of their undergraduate degrees, but Solow noted that this year's incoming class includes 18 students age 26 and older and four students over age 30.

"This entering class has one of the highest academic profiles in recent history and, at the same time, a service orientation that is demonstrated by their involvement in volunteer activities, medical missions to underserved countries and other meaningful experiences in which they have served a patient population," Solow said. Each student brings personal characteristics and enriching qualities that will contribute to the learning environment and serve them well as future physicians."

NOTE TO EDITORS: The UI Carver College of Medicine will hold its annual White Coat Ceremony for incoming students at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Clapp Recital Hall. Additional details are online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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