Pediatrics Residency

About the Program

UI Stead Family Children's Hospital main entranceWe invite you to consider the advantages of a program that will expose you to:

  • High-powered faculty members dedicated to your success
  • Comprehensive exposure to all subspecialties
  • The opportunity to see some of the most unique cases across all subspecialties
  • A state-of-the-art clinical facility; learn about the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, which opened in early 2017

The accomplishments of our residency graduates demonstrate our commitment to help you develop necessary medical judgment to succeed in your career endeavors. Learn about our graduates.

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Pediatric residents

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Training at a Glance

The pediatric residency training program at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital lasts three years and provides each resident physician with a sufficiently diverse experience.

To view a summary of all three years of the residency training program, download our 2020-2021 training outline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Iowa City?

Iowa City is 220 miles directly west of Chicago on Interstate 80. It's also within a 4-5 hour drive to Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis. It has the cultural, educational, social and political opportunities of a bigger city with the values and ambiance of a Midwestern town. Its clean, safe, nothing is farther than a 15 minute car ride, it has a great city bus system (with bike racks!), wonderful parks, sports, schools and even sailing. Those who have lived here and left, frequently return because what they were looking for was in their own back yard. But we're not the only ones who think Iowa City is great:

Twirling DancerHow ethnically diverse are the patients?

Like a lot of university towns, we have a large international community. Growing cultural diversity is another reason Iowa City is an interesting place to live. Diversity is embraced and celebrated with city and university events, festivals, clubs and programs. The University works hard to recruit and retain minorities with its affirmative action policies. About 13% of Iowa citizens are non-white as are almost 13% of the patients seen in our pediatric clinic.

What’s the weather like in Iowa City?

For about two weeks every winter it's very cold and windy and for two weeks every summer it's really hot and humid. The rest of the time it's pretty nice. We have a lot of sunny days even in winter-166 per year. Our average snowfall is 28", average rainfall is 35", average temperature in the summer is 72.6 and in the winter, 23.7.

What is there to do in Iowa City when you're not working?

There are 15 different festivals and art fairs, plus concerts and race events. There are many music venues, sports events and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks. We also have a really big mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, 9 golf courses, 6 public tennis courts, 6 public pools, some lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping & boating. There are bike trails, some famous bookstores, a ton of galleries and excellent museums. There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

There's ice skating, bowling, organized sports, 50 public parks, miniature golf, a great public library, a toy library, fun centers, swimming pools and 3 beaches, 9 museums including a children's museum, dance companies and public recreation centers that feature many activities for kids and families at little or no cost. We also have 20 movie screens and 50-licensed daycare providers. The Iowa City schools are perennially ranked among the top schools in the nation. Iowa City is unique in the facilities and services available for individuals with disabilities. Many families who have a family member with a disability are reluctant to leave Iowa City because they cannot duplicate those services in another location.

Are there any job opportunities for my spouse/significant other?

Yes, in June 2016, Iowa City had an average of 3.2% unemployment. Also check out The University of Iowa's Dual Career Services.

Is it possible to do an international elective in your program?

Yes! Residents can do International Health Electives in PGY2 and/or PGY3.

What are the fellowship opportunities available?

We currently have 29 fellows training in our 10 accredited fellowship programs.

Is this a family friendly program?

Yes! We love children and support residents in their efforts to balance work with family life. We have several dual physician resident and faculty families and understand the stresses. Women residents receive up to 6 weeks of paid maternity leave after delivery. Men get 5 working days off for paternity leave. The house staff health insurance policy provides full coverage for spouses and children. There are several childcare facilities near the hospital and one on-site. The training program also has activities during the year where all family members are invited, such as our annual resident picnic.

Lab researchIs there sufficient patient volume so that I can have multiple exposures to a variety of diseases?

With 5,400 annual inpatient pediatric admissions and over 218,000 outpatient encounters you will see plenty of the most common illnesses and trauma that children experience and plenty of the "zebras" as well. Our clinical practice serves the general pediatric health care needs of the local community and the subspecialty needs of the region. Our department receives referrals for specialized services from neighboring states as well.

Patients are referred from across the nation for certain specialized pediatric treatments and services, such as bone marrow transplantation, pediatric cardiology, otolaryngology, neurosurgery and orthopedics. In addition, we conduct clinics in other cities and towns throughout Iowa. Our patients represent all pediatric age groups and all socioeconomic strata and they present with virtually all acute and chronic conditions.

What is the program's balance between primary and specialty care?

We seek to provide each resident physician with a sufficiently broad experience that he or she can choose wisely among all the pediatric options to pursue a career in the general practice of pediatrics, a subspecialty service career or an academic career. About half of our graduates go on to practice general pediatrics while the other half go on to fellowships in pediatric subspecialties or academic pediatrics.

Do you have a research project requirement for graduation?

While we do not have a requirement to complete a research project, we do encourage residents to work on bench or clinical research projects along with our faculty. The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics ranks 13th in public institutions for NIH funding and we have 2 Howard Hughes research investigators in our department. Two of our residents have won the prestigious Society of Pediatric Research's Resident Research Awards in the past couple of years.

If you have additional questions please contact our program coordinator at peds-res@uiowa.edu

Program Accreditation

The pediatric residency at UI Hospitals & Clinics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Information specific to program requirements for a pediatric training program may be found at the ACGME’s Pediatric Residency Review Committee (RCC).

Quick Facts

Medical buildingBy the numbers

  • 15 categorical pediatric residents are accepted each year with an additional (1) child neurology resident in most years
  • 45 total residents are ACGME approved for our training program
  • 50 percent of our graduating residents go on to fellowships
  • 141 faculty members train and mentor pediatric residents
  • 100% of graduates in the last four years have passed the American Board of Pediatrics certification exam
  • 2 chiefs are selected each year for a post-residency year

Who do we take care of?

We take care of many complex patients on our general floors, including:

  • Mild DKA, including management of insulin drips
  • High flow nasal cannula
  • Peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis patients
  • Ventilator dependent patients
  • Patients with chest tubes
  • Management and adjustment of TPN
    • ECMO done in the PICU and NICU

We do we use?

  • EPIC Electronic Medical Record
  • Dragon available for dictation of notes

Scheduling rotations

  • Required rotations: 
    Most rotations are scheduled at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
    One-month rotation during PGY-2 is scheduled at Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Elective rotations: 
    Opportunities exist for international rotations of two-week or four-week duration

Benefits

Board certification requirements

First Year

Pediatrics first yearWe have designed the first year of training to emphasize the care of the sick child of all ages, allowing our residents to develop expertise in distinguishing the ill from the well child. Close guidance and supervision is provided by senior residents and attending faculty members from all subspecialties in pediatrics. In addition to inpatient, critical care, and nursery experiences, residents spend time in our busy outpatient general pediatrics clinic, evaluating the full range of primary care and urgent care issues. Residents are introduced to our comprehensive developmental center in our developmental behavioral pediatrics rotation. In order to individualize their residency experience, every first year resident is able to choose one subspecialty selective and also an elective to pursue a possible career path, learn more about a field, or develop skills in an area of interest.

During the first year, our residents begin to develop a personal panel of patients seen in their weekly continuity clinic. These patients are cared for by a consistent team of residents and general pediatricians assigned to each day of the week, but identify with one resident to provide continuity for the resident and the family over the course of three years. Residents build their panel of patients through inpatient, nursery, and general pediatrics experience, and see a diverse range of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and conditions. Included in the general pediatrics experience are children with complex or chronic conditions that get specialized care through our Children’s Hospital.

Below is a typical first year schedule. Each block is 4 weeks long. Please see this page for further rotation descriptions.

Blue Day Team (3 blocks)
Green Day Team (3 blocks)
NICU Bay 2/3
Newborn Nursery
Developmental Behavioral Peds
General Pediatrics & Acute Care Clinic (2 blocks)
"Selective" subspecialty clinic (see above)
Call-Free Elective

Second Year

Pediatrics second yearThe second year of our program provides residents with further experience in a number of pediatric subspecialty areas, including two "Selective" rotations in the following subspecialties: allergy-immunology/pulmonology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, genetics, neurology, nephrology, and rheumatology.  During these busy outpatient months, residents see patients in clinic, provide consultative services for the hospital, and participate in procedures. Residents may also choose one additional elective.  Residents also have the opportunity to participate in specialized educational conferences, research, and multidisciplinary discussions.

Second year residents also gain further experience caring for our sickest patients in the pediatric and neonatal critical care units, and working with junior residents and medical students in a supervisory role on the inpatient floors and in the general pediatrics clinic. In addition, two blocks of "Red Day Team" are included in the second year schedule where two second year residents manage the inpatient hematology/oncology service each block as well as spend time in the outpatient heme/onc clinic and perform procedures.

To experience pediatrics outside a large, university-based academic center, our residents spend one block learning at a local private general pediatrics practice, and another at an urban children’s emergency room in Des Moines, Iowa. Travel and lodging are provided by the program.

Many residents use the second year to hone their interests and determine their future career path. Our Career Elective rotation provides a mentored opportunity to design a rotation with clinical, educational, administrative, and research experiences in each resident’s field of interest. An additional elective block can be used to further this interest or pursue other learning goals during the second year of training.

Below is a typical second year schedule. Each block is 4 weeks long. Please see this page for further rotation descriptions.

Senior Night Team (2 Blocks)
Red Day Team (1 Block)
NICU Bay 1
PICU Days (2 Blocks)
Blank Children's Hospital ETC
Community Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine
"Selective" subspecialty clinic (see above, 2 blocks)
Career Elective
Call-Free Elective

Third Year

Pediatrics third yearThis final year of pediatric training allows our residents to further refine their clinical skills and judgment in a variety of settings. Residents serve as the senior resident and team leader on the inpatient units, in the ICUs, and in the general pediatrics clinic. They are the first-line consultant and supervisor for first year residents and medical students, and gain valuable experience in team leadership, education, and patient care. Residents continue to work in the pediatric subspecialty clinic and the emergency room as experienced members of our department.

Throughout the three-year program, residents are able to design their own combination of clinical, research, and procedural experiences to prepare them for independent practice or fellowship. As a third year resident, three full blocks are available to pursue these interests, with the guidance of the program leadership, program mentor, and divisional resources.

Below is a typical third year schedule. Each block is 4 weeks long. Please see this page for further rotation descriptions.

Blue Team Day Senior
Green Team Day Senior
Red Team Day Senior
NICU Night Team
PICU Nights
UIHC ETC
"Selective subspecialty clinic (see above, 3 blocks)
General Pediatrics and Acute Care Clinic
Elective (2 blocks)
Call-Free Elective

Education and Conferences

ClassroomResidents have education time Monday - Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. and Friday from noon to 2 p.m. Conferences include:

  • Case Conference: Done during the PGY-3 year. The Case Conference is designed to examine, via case presentations, topics in Pediatric medicine based on current literature and evidence-based medicine. Topics can include, but are not limited to, those involving current practice guidelines, clinical or hospital practice, pathology and histology, medical-legal issues, ethical issues, advocacy, or imaging.
     
  • Chairman’s Rounds: The general format will include a brief case presentation by the resident, including chief complaint, HPI, relevant past medical, family and social histories, and physical exam. The focus will be on formulating a problem list and building a complete differential diagnosis then tailoring it with further information, including labs, consultations, and films. Residents and faculty are encouraged to participate actively. The Chief Residents will moderate discussion, track presentations, transcribe the case for reference, and will have the capabilities to project pictures and radiologic studies.
     
  • Core Curriculum Lecture Series: Select lectures are interactive, hands on, or didactic and will occur during the designated education time. Others have been developed into case-based learning modules to foster self-directed learning. The American Board of Pediatric board content specifications are covered in this series.
     
  • Grand Rounds: Weekly state-of-the-art clinical science presentations by faculty and guest speakers.
     
  • Journal Club: Done during the PGY-2 year. Objectives of this conference are: learn how to formulate a clinical question; learn techniques on searching the medical literature efficiently; learn how to efficiently read a journal article; critically appraise a variety of journal articles; apply above techniques to everyday practice and to continue lifelong learning; develop skills to apply evidence based medicine acknowledging patient and physician values and preferences; actively participate in the journal club discussion. 
     
  • Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Education series: Multidisciplinary conference discussing topics such as palliative care, psychoscial issues relating to dealing with chronic illness, receiving bad news, and death, as well as pain management and care at the end of life.
     
  • Resident Report: Weekly conference facilitated by Chief Residents where each resident presents an interesting case a few times per year. The general format includes a brief case presentation by the resident, including chief complaint, HPI, relevant past medical, family, and social histories, and physical exam. The focus is on formulating a problem list and building a complete differential diagnosis, then tailoring it with further information, including labs and imaging. The presenting resident gives clinical pearls about the diagnosis.
     
  • Academic Half-Day: Monthly Academic Half-Day instead of daily noon conference that week. During this afternoon session, all residents are excused from outpatient and inpatient duties and fellows/faculty provide coverage. Each half-day is a case-based session focused on ABP content for the pediatric board exam and consists of short lectures, small group activities, procedural sills, and board prep questions. Pediatrics faculty as well as faculty from other specialties such as Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Dermatology, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine present at these sessions.
     
  • Frontiers in Pediatric Research: State-of-the-art research science presentations by faculty and guest speakers.
     

Rotations

Hospital roomInpatient

  • Blue Team
    The Blue Team consists of a third year resident and three first year residents during the day, and a second year resident and first year resident at night. Third and fourth year medical students also rotate on this team, and most months a family medicine resident rotates with the team as well. Patients on this inpatient pediatric unit are cared for by the general pediatric hospitalists, as well as cardiologists, neurologists, and pulmonologists. The team cares for acute respiratory illnesses and neurologic emergencies, as well as more complex cardiac conditions, diagnostic challenges, and general pediatric admissions.
     
  • Green Team
    The Green Team consists of a third year resident and three first year residents during the day, and a second year resident and first year resident at night. Third and fourth year medical students also rotate on this team, and most months a family medicine resident rotates with the team as well. Patients on this inpatient pediatric unit are cared for by the general pediatric hospitalists, as well as gastroenterologists, nephrologists, and endocrinologists.  Residents commonly handle acutely ill children undergoing dialysis, as well as follow diabetic patients from presentation through follow-up guidance, and general pediatric admissions.
     
  • Red Team
    The Red Team consists of a third year resident and a second year resident during the day, and a second year resident and first year resident at night. Medical students rotate on this team during the day. Patients on this inpatient pediatric unit are cared for by faculty members in hematology/oncology. Residents commonly handle acutely ill and immunosuppressed children undergoing chemotherapy. They will follow oncology patients from initial presentation through follow-up guidance.
     
  • Newborn Nursery
    General pediatric hospitalists supervise a first year resident and medical students in the newborn nursery. This rotation includes experience with vaginal and cesarean births and resuscitations, as well as the recognition of risk factors in the newborn. The multidisciplinary team includes close collaboration with lactation consultants, social work, and audiology.
     
  • NICU
    The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is comprised of five bays, and our residents rotate in Bay 1 during their second and third year of the program, and Bay 2/3 in their first year. The Bay 1 team consists of a second year resident, a neonatology fellow, and a staff neonatologist during the day, as well as medical students and emergency medicine residents on occasion. During the night, our third year resident functions as the team leader with the guidance of the on-call fellow. This Bay 1 team resuscitates and cares for our most critically ill neonates. Residents will gain exposure to a variety of neonatal conditions and procedures, and will become adept at fluid and nutrition management, ventilator adjustments, and critical decision-making.
    The Bay 2/3 team consists of a first year resident and several experienced neonatal nurse practitioners, as well as a neonatology fellow and a staff neonatologist. Most months, there are family medicine residents and medical students as well. Bay 2/3 is our ‘step-down’ neonatology unit, caring for less critically ill infants, or those that require a longer stay due to prematurity. Residents on this team work in a multidisciplinary group helping to care for sick newborns, infants with complex medical conditions, and premature infants working on the transition home.
     
  • Inpatient Night Team
    The inpatient night team consists of a second year resident and two first year residents. Each first year is assigned one of the inpatient team, and the second year resident provides supervision and guidance. All pediatric admissions and procedures, as well as any emergency codes or rapid response activations, go through this team.
     
  • PICU
    Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit team consists of two second year residents and one third year resident on nights rotating on a regular schedule. The critical care fellows and attendings provide guidance and supervision in the management of our most critically ill pediatric patients. This multidisciplinary team, with pharmacists, social workers, dieticians, and nurse practitioners, also includes emergency medicine and anesthesia residents and senior medical students at times. Residents become adept at caring for complex post-operative conditions, including cardiac procedures and ECMO, and participate in the stabilization and management of patients in the acute setting.
     
  • Teaching Rotation
    Available to second and third year residents on certain rotations. The goal is to improve teaching skills and supervisory skills, observe and give feedback, and learn best practices in medical education. It is incorporated into supervisory rotations, including Blue Senior, Green Senior, NICU Nights (Mole), and Red/Green or Blue Night Senior. During this two-week rotation the resident will observe and provide feedback to medical students and interns regarding handoff, pre-rounding, and presentations. They will also generate clinical teaching pearls, teach physical exam skills, and give a teaching session.

 

Outpatient Resident in Clinic with Patient

  • Continuity Clinic
    The weekly continuity clinic is the cornerstone of our primary care training. All residents are assigned to one weekday for the duration of the training program, with consistent resident colleagues, nurses, and attending general pediatricians to provide continuity for the families and encourage follow-up. During most blocks, each resident will spend one half-day per week in the general pediatric clinic, caring for their own panel of patients. Special attention is given to well care, anticipatory guidance, and identifying community resources.  Continuity Clinics are performed at UIHC Iowa River Landing (IRL).
     
  • General Pediatrics Acute Care Clinic
    Residents are the primary care providers of our busy general pediatric practice, under the supervision of academic general pediatricians. The second and third year resident lead the clinic and guide patient flow, manage triage questions, and perform necessary procedures, as well as caring for patients. Two first year residents gain valuable general pediatric experience caring for well and acutely ill walk-in patients of all ages. Medical students rotate through the clinic, as well as family medicine, psychiatry, and pediatric dental residents. This rotation is performed at UIHC Iowa River Landing (IRL).
     
  • Emergency Department
    Third year residents have one block rotation in our Trauma Center and Emergency Department, working alongside emergency medicine residents and pediatric-specific attendings. Common acute problems managed include minor and major trauma, lacerations, respiratory infections, asthma, seizures and dehydration.
     
  • Emergency Department at Blank Children's Hospital
    Second year residents spend one block rotation in a busy, urban pediatric emergency room located in Des Moines, about 2 hours from Iowa City. On this rotation, lodging, meals, and transportation are provided by the program, and residents return one day per week for their continuity clinic. Residents work closely with pediatric-trained emergency room attendings and residents from the local community program.
     
  • Adolescent Medicine Rotation
    Second year residents will provide outpatient medical care to adolescents and young adults by partnering with the University of Iowa Adolescent Clinic adolescent medicine specialist. Functioning as the primary care medical home to area youth, the resident will be exposed to a variety of medical conditions, including emotional health, reproductive/sexual health, gender health, substance use/abuse, preventative health, and a wide array of acute care needs. Additional clinical environments include UI Sports Medicine Clinic, UI LGBTQ Clinic, and Healthy Kids School-Based Clinic. Residents will have opportunities to partner with medical students to further develop their medical teaching skills.
     
  • Subspecialty Rotations
    Residents in all three years of training work closely with our wide range of pediatric specialists in our comprehensive subspecialty clinic. During these primarily outpatient months, residents will see patients, perform procedures, provide consultative services, and work with medical students, under the direct supervision and guidance of attendings. Our subspecialty clinic includes several procedural and infusion suites, and has child life, social work, and specialized nursing care immediately available.
     
  • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    Residents gain valuable exposure to our comprehensive developmental and behavioral pediatrics center during their first year of training, which allows them to gain the skills and learn the resources to use during the rest of their residency. Residents participate in structured experiences with the experts in the divisions of psychology, genetics, and child abuse, and become adept at the management of children with attention deficit disorders, psychosomatic diseases, behavior problems and learning disabilities.
     
  • Community Pediatrics Rotations
    Second year residents spend one block working in a busy private general pediatrics practice within 30 miles of Iowa City. Transportation is provided by the program on this rotation. Community pediatricians provide guidance and supervision as the resident gains exposure to the private practice model and works in an independent fashion as part of a larger community practice.

Electives

Residents at every level have the ability to individualize their training program by choosing from a wide variety of structured electives in clinical care, research, teaching, and international health. Using the wealth of resources in all pediatric and surgical subspecialties, intensive care and primary care, procedures, research, and academic practice, that we have at the University of Iowa and the surrounding communities, residents can also design their own experience. Six blocks during the three years allow each resident to tailor their residency to prepare them for independent practice or fellowship. Popular clinical electives include dermatology, infectious disease, palliative care, and bone marrow transplant team. Many residents choose to do at least 1-2 blocks of research during their residency, with most resulting in a presentation or a publication. Specially-designed experiences include maternity/paternity electives, teaching/leadership rotations, procedure electives, and advocacy projects.

Electives

Any outpatient subspecialty rotations can also be taken as an elective rotation.

Advocacy

The overall focus of Community Pediatrics Advocacy Initiative is to prepare pediatric professionals to provide services that are effective and valued by children and families who have traditionally been underserved due to poverty, cultural barriers, and other factors. As part of this 4-week rotation, pediatric healthcare trainees will work closely with a community-based organization to identify a health issue that is important to that particular community.

Anesthesiology

The aim of this rotation is to provide the maximum exposure to all facets of clinical and didactic anesthesiology from neonates through teens and to permit comfort with sedation techniques and airway management.

Child Psychiatry

This rotation is a basic overview of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which includes evaluating new patients, both individually and as part of a multidisciplinary team, in order to determine diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment plan.

Dermatology

This rotation will allow the residents to see many children with skin disorders, as well as serve to introduce and reinforce concepts unique to the care of children.

Genetics

The medical genetics rotation is designed to give an awareness of clinical and counseling approaches to genetic disorders and birth defects. Residents will attend the following clinics: general genetics, NF, metabolic, and PKU.

Infectious Disease

Develop an approach to the differential diagnosis of pediatric patients with infectious disease problems. These may be “official consults” or “interest consults.” These patients will be followed the entire month by the team. 

International

The goal of this rotation is to gain perspective on the practice of medicine in a resource-limited setting and within a different cultural context. It is your responsibility to find a location, coordinate the elective with an on-site preceptor, complete the required University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics paperwork, obtain the necessary credentials, update immunizations, and arrange travel plans. You will be expected to maintain a patient contact log and procedure log during your rotation. It will also be expected that you share your experiences with your fellow residents via a noon conference presentation or other formal mechanism. Rotation is a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks.

Nephrology

The goal of this rotation is to gain an understanding of pediatric kidney disease and hypertension in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting and be able to effectively diagnose and treat common problems. Subjects to be covered will include fluid and electrolytes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, acute and chronic renal failure, congenital anomalies of the urinary tract, UTI’s, dialysis and transplantation.

Ophthalmology

Outpatient clinic experiences; most of the time spent observing and assisting in evaluations of patients.

Orthopedics

The primary educational objective for this rotation is to expose the residents to the entire spectrum of general pediatric orthopedics as well as routine and complex pediatric spine surgery.

Otolaryngology

The resident can become a member of the pediatric otolaryngology service and participate in all of the resident activities during the month with an emphasis on spending time in the clinics.

Palliative Care

Palliative medicine combines excellence in interdisciplinary clinical care, education, advocacy and research to enhance quality of life and comfort to reduce suffering for children with life threatening diseases and for their families. During this rotation you will be exposed to a variety of specialists needed to provide supportive care for children who are at high risk of death.

Psychology

This rotation is a basic overview of Pediatric Psychology, which includes psychopharmacology clinic and wrap up meeting, outpatient mood disorder clinic and outpatient evaluation clinic.

Radiology

To observe and participate in the interpretation of various imaging modalities, as well as to receive various didactic lectures and to personally interact with the radiologists and staff. During this rotation you should learn anatomic and physiologic basis of pediatric disease as well as to understand the various imaging modalities and indications of each modality to evaluate specific pediatric diseases.

Research/Special

The research/special elective is designed to allow the resident to have dedicated time to work on a clinical or basic research project, or to further knowledge in an area of their choice. This includes learning about pediatric care in the context of a parental elective. In order for the time to be utilized to its fullest, the resident must have a faculty mentor and a project identified prior to beginning the rotation. The rotation is not designed for preparatory work, but for research to be performed in order to work toward the completion of the scholarly project.

Rheumatology

The primary goals of this rotation are to help the resident to: learn the presenting symptoms/signs of rheumatic disease in children; develop focused musculoskeletal examination skills; expand the differential diagnosis of arthritis/joint pain in children; and systematically construct a plan in the evaluation of a child with arthritis/joint pain. This service sees patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings including inpatient consultations. Residents are responsible for participating in all clinics (which is the setting of primary emphasis during this rotation) with in-patient consults and rounds as time allows.

Sports Medicine

This rotation will: define the diagnosis and multidisciplinary approach to treatment of common injuries and illnesses seen in Sports Medicine; develop skills for taking Sports Medicine focused history and physicals; develop knowledge base for prescription of fitness programs, for health maintenance and for specific diseases (eg asthma, hypertension, diabetes); develop knowledge based in basic sciences related to Sports Medicine; allow opportunities to work with the sports physical therapists and athletic trainers to learn specific rehabilitation programs for common musculoskeletal injuries and the appropriate use of treatment modalities (eg ultrasound, ice massage, iontophoresis).

Surgery

The goal of this elective is to expose the resident to the full range of clinical experiences within pediatric surgery inpatient and clinics. The resident will become familiar and comfortable in the evaluation, stabilization, and management of pre-operative, post-operative, and trauma patients. The resident will also become knowledgeable in the indications for emergent, urgent, and elective referral of patients to a pediatric surgeon, and in appropriate pain management of a surgical patient.

Teaching/Leadership

The overall goal of this rotation is to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of medical education: evaluation theory, presentation skills, adult learning theory. It will be expected that a medical education related project resulting in a usable product (on-line module, evaluation form, presentation, paper) will be completed during the month.

Our Facilities

University oUI Children's Hospitalf Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

All services have now moved into the new, approximately $360 million, 507,000-square-foot University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital facility! Adjacent to UI Hospitals & Clinics, the 14-level structure (12 above ground, 2 below ground) will offer 183 beds, an increase from the 164 beds in the current UI Children's Hospital. There will also be eight pediatric operating rooms as well as features that focus on the needs of patients and their families. You can take a closer look inside the new hospital here!

PICU

Our 28-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) is the only comprehensive health care center in Iowa that offers the full range of pediatric critical care therapies. We have the people, the expertise, the experience, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to provide the highest level of care for a wide range of complex, and sometimes rapidly changing, medical problems.

NICU

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only NICU in Iowa to have a Level IV designation, which is the highest level recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This means that we care for the tiniest and most critically ill babies, offering the greatest range of neonatal services and support. The state-of-the-art NICU houses up to 81 critically ill newborns, all in single rooms with four larger rooms that will accommodate twins. The unit is equipped with the latest equipment and staffed by a large team of highly trained nurses and other staff. A laboratory within the NICU provides around-the-clock service.

University of Iowa Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer Center

Level 11 of the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital is dedicated entirely to the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Pediatric Cancer Center and includes inpatient and outpatient services. The center includes our pioneering Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program, the only pediatric BMT program in the state of Iowa.

Iowa River Landing

Iowa River Landing

Our clinic at Iowa River Landing is a short 2.5 miles from the main hospital campus. Our main general pediatrics clinic, as well as most of the residents’ continuity clinics, are located here. The facility is equipped with laboratory and radiology services, as well as an outpatient pharmacy.

Patients and their families enjoy the ease of access with its location right off I-80. Many pediatric subspecialties as well as pediatric providers of other specialties also have clinics at IRL. For example, otolaryngology is located on the same floor as the general pediatrics clinic. This allows us to collaborate with these providers when needed and coordinate care for our more complex patient populations.

North Liberty Clinic photoNorth Liberty Clinic

This outpatient clinic for General Pediatrics and Family Medicine is another continuity clinic site for our residents. This clinic serves as a medical home for patients and families living in the fast growing community of North Liberty just north of Iowa City.

 

Committees

ResidentsProgram Evaluation Committee
Meets 12 times each year to review issues affecting medical students, residents, and fellows. Each class has representation on the committee: residency program administrators and key teaching faculty also sit on this committee. This committee reviews the residency training program annually and suggests changes for the future.

Resident Council
One pediatric resident serves as a liaison between the pediatric residency and the graduate medical education office. This resident provides input and feedback on issues that affect house staff. A representative from all core residency programs is appointed to this committee.

Resident Selection Committee
This committee meets throughout the year to determine how the residency will conduct recruitment activities, meals,or promotional items. This committee helps determine appointments for recruitment dinners and lunches to ensure similar interests are matched up. Each class has two or more representatives on this committee.

Ethics Committee
This committee meets quarterly to discuss ethical issues in patient care to ensure the best treatment of our patients and families at all times.

CQI
This committee meets six times per year to address issues of continuous quality improvement on the pediatric units. The committee is constantly looking for ways to improve patient care and decrease the number of adverse events.

Health Information Management
This committee meets at various times throughout the year to discuss the use and functionality of the electronic medical record and makes suggestions for improvement and change.

Child Abuse Committee
This committee meets quarterly to review issues related to child abuse. This committee reviews approaches to abused children and makes suggestions for areas of strength and improvement.

Patient and Family Council
This committee involves residents, hospital employees, patient, and families. This group meets quarterly to address any concerns raised by patients and their families during interactions with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Advocacy

  • ChildrenAmerican Academy of Pediatrics Resident Representative
    Annually a resident from the program is sent to the national American Academy of Pediatrics meeting as a resident representative. This gives residents interested in advocating for patients an opportunity to learn what is happening on the national level.
     
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Subcommittees
    Residents have the opportunity to serve on AAP subcommittees to advocate for change to improve child and adolescent health on a national scale. Residents may serve on a variety of subcommittees including curriculum, adolescent mental health, or violence prevention.
     
  • Reach Out and Read (ROR)
    ROR is a national program that makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary health care to encourage children to grow up with books and a love for reading. It trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, ROR helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.
     
  • Iowa Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
    Residents have the opportunity to get involved with the Iowa Chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics, which supports positive changes in children's healthcare through community education, communication, and legislative advocacy. The Chapter believes all children from infancy to young adulthood should attain their full potential for physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

Special Support and Social Opportunities

  • Social gatheringBi-monthly residents’ lunch meeting with Program Director, Associate Program Directors, Program Coordinator and Chief Residents.
     
  • Bi-monthly Wellness in Medical Practice lunch, a private lunch meeting of residents by year in program, funded by program. Residents are also divided into one of four communities with residents from other classes, and some Wellness in Medical Practice lunches include our integrated wellness curriculum which was designed to promote resident wellness and covers specific topics such as resources at UI Hospitals and Clinics, building resilience, burnout and burnout prevention, mindfulness, debriefing, healthy living habits, and interconnectedness.
  • Annual retreat for PGY1s focusing on team building, stress management, and end-of-life issues.
     
  • Annual retreat for PGY2s focusing on teaching and supervisory skills.
     
  • Annual retreat for PGY3s focusing on life after residency.
     
  • Annual Career Day for PGY2s discussing careers in general private/academic pediatrics and fellowship training.
     
  • Faculty mentor system, meeting at least twice per year with a faculty mentor.
     
  • Social activities include an all resident’s family picnic and various spontaneous events throughout the year such as baseball games, bowling tournaments, happy hours, and movie nights.

Research Opportunities and Funding

Aliye UcLabDr. Lieberman, photoMcCray LabDr. O'Dorisio

Opportunities abound for carrying out clinical or basic research during residency. Our residents are encouraged to take electives with our pediatric or non-pediatric faculty in a variety of areas from clinical to translational to basic research.

Since 50 percent of our residents go on to fellowship, many find research electives helpful in their career choice. Many of our pediatric residents have done research electives during their training.

Selected, highly motivated residents in our program are eligible for consideration for the American Board of Pediatrics “Integrated Research Pathway” in which up to 11 months of research elective are allowed during the three years of residency.

Department of Pediatrics faculty members are in key national leadership positions across the disciplines of academic pediatrics and biomedical research. In 2015, our department ranked 22nd overall and 10th in public National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding among pediatric departments located within medical schools.

The Carver College of Medicine is internationally recognized for its excellence and leadership in biomedical research. In 2016, the Carver College of Medicine received $229 million in research funding, including $105 million from the NIH, ranking it 18th in the nation among public medical schools. Four University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine departments rank in the top 20 among the nation's 125 medical schools in terms of National Institutes of Health funding.

Carver College of Medicine faculty have been awarded approximately half of the University's total research funding and more than 80 percent of its National Institutes of Health funding. The University of Iowa is at the forefront among research universities in this country, and its contribution has been nationally recognized by such eminent authorities as the Carnegie Foundation, which classified The University of Iowa as having "very high research activity" among research universities. In the most recent medical school rankings by U.S.News and World Report, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine ranked 25th for primary care training and 12th among public research institution.

Applicants to our pediatric residency program who wish to learn more about Iowa’s research opportunities for pediatric residents and fellows can request this information prior to the time of the scheduled interview. These applicants are offered additional interviews with pediatric and other Carver College of Medicine faculty whose research is in areas of the applicant’s interest.

Exceptional pediatric residency applicants who have completed PhD programs in the life sciences or alternatively who already have an outstanding basic or clinical research experience, are eligible to apply to the Carver College of Medicine's Physician Scientist Training Pathway Program. The objective of the Physician Scientist Training Pathway Program is to promote the postgraduate training and career development of physician-scientists who will become future leaders in academic medicine. The pathway integrates the transition period from completion of the MD degree to the MSTP program, then to the PSTP program, to a Department of Pediatrics NIH Physician Scientist Award program (K-12*), and ultimately a tenure-track faculty position through the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics Program in Pediatric Research. PSTP participants receive a $4,000 stipend, and can potentially complete up to 5 blocks (4 week rotations) of research. This program takes advantage of alternative pathways of residency and subspecialty fellowship training in accordance with established criteria for American Board of Pediatrics. If you are interested in learning more about Iowa’s  Physician Scientist Training Pathway Program, please complete the PSTP Application Form and/or contact Lyndsay Harshman, MD, MS, Director of the Pediatrics Physician Scientist Training Program.

*For support to a newly trained clinician appointed by an institution for development of independent research skills and experience in a fundamental science within the framework of an interdisciplinary research and development program.

Honors/Recognition

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in Iowa nationally ranked for pediatric care by U.S. News and World Report. Read June 15, 2021 press release.

  • 25 in Neonatology
  • 35 in Pediatric Orthopedics
  • 41 in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • 42 in Pediatric Nephrology
  • 50 in Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery

The 13th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology. 

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics are recognized nationally for a number of achievements.

Pediatric researchers at the University of Iowa have a long history of breakthrough discoveries in both the clinical and laboratory setting. Meet members of our research team:

How to Apply

ERAS logoIf you are interested in applying to the Pediatric Residency Program, applications are accepted through ERAS. Please include your USMLE scores, Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

In compliance with institutional, state, and national recommendations, our program will be solely conducting virtual interviews for the 2020-21 residency NRMP Match cycle. We will not offer in-person interviews or visits to our site in support of minimizing health risks associated with travel during this coronavirus pandemic and to provide an equitable interview experience to all applicants.

We will interview approximately 190 candidates for 15 positions beginning Oct. 18 and ending mid-January. Orientation for all new residents begins June 24, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

Applications must be received by Dec. 1, 2021. Interviews will begin Oct. 18 and will conclude Jan. 14, 2022.

University of Iowa Pediatric Residency Program NRMP Program Code: 1203320C0

 

To reach us:

Jolynn Leyden-Schevers
Pediatric Residency Coordinator
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics – 2015-26 BT
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-356-3462
Fax: 319-356-4855
Email: peds-res@uiowa.edu

Deadline

Applications must be received by Dec. 1, 2021. All interviews will begin Oct. 18 and will conclude Jan. 14, 2022.

Couples Match

The Department of Pediatrics encourages couples match applications. We will work in conjunction with the corresponding department to attempt to streamline interview dates and times for both applications. More information on couples matching can be found on the NRMP website.

Criteria for Candidacy

Training Program Eligibility Criteria for:

U.S. Allopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Passing USMLEs with no more than one failure.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation;
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a pediatric residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 scores of at least 500 or USMLE Step 1 score of at least 200
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation;
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a pediatric residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

International Medical School Graduates

  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores of at least 225 on first attempt. Scores must be available before you can be considered for an interview.
  • Passing grade on the CSA or USMLE Step 2 CS on the first attempt.
  • Medical school graduation date within the last 5 years.
  • Appropriate medical education to train in a large U.S. teaching hospital.
  • Previous pediatric residency experiences, observership or clinical experience in the U.S. is strongly preferred.
  • Previous degree in U.S., (i.e. MPH) is also desirable.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation;
    • Dean’s letter;
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital;
    • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a pediatric residency and justify why you would be a good candidate); and
    • Photograph.
    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • U.S. citizenship or a J-1 Visa.

Pediatric Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • One mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria
  • Distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise
  • Provides more opportunities when applying for employment
  • Presents resources and tools by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • A commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care
  • Elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare

For more information visit the American Board of Pediatrics for specifics on board certification requirements.

Interviews

The Interview

In compliance with institutional, state, and national recommendations, our program will be solely conducting virtual interviews for the 2020-21 residency NRMP Match cycle.  We will not offer in-person interviews or visits to our site in support of minimizing health risks associated with travel during this coronavirus pandemic and to provide an equitable interview experience to all applicants. 

We will interview approximately 190 candidates for 15 positions beginning November 2 and ending mid-January. Orientation for all new residents begins June 24, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

Invitations to interview

Invitations from our program will be extended via Interview Broker, enabling you to self-schedule your interview. 

What should I expect on the interview day?

Your interview day will begin around 10 a.m. and conclude around 2 p.m. (Central Time Zone), on the Zoom platform.  The components of your day will include an overview of the program, followed by Q&A with our chief residents, a virtual tour, interviews with the program director and two other faculty members and a current pediatric resident.

Our People

Pediatric Residency graduation class group photo

It takes a special person to dedicate his or her life to the care and healing of children.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

Additionally, our chief residents and fellows are committed to helping you achieve your training aims. Classmates in your residency class will share in the support and encouragement that will help you excel.

Learn about some of our residents

Caroline Densmore, Chief Resident 2021-2022

Hometown: Cullman, Ala.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB)
Hobbies/Interests: Running, Alabama football, playing with my two Bernese mountain dogs
Fun Fact: I lived in Germany for 2 years in middle school when my dad was in the U.S. Army
Post-residency Plans: Applying for jobs in general pediatrics/community hospitalist medicine


Karissa Soltys, Chief Resident 2021-22

Hometown: Washington, Ill.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, quilting, tennis
Fun Fact: I have a cute baby, Weston Soltys was born 5/17/21
Post-residency Plans: I am applying for general-pediatrics jobs


Rawan Al-Rawi, PGY-1 2021-22

Hometown: Baghdad, Iraq 
Undergraduate Institution: N/A
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology 
Hobbies/Interests: Photography 
Fun Fact: Don’t be surprised to see me adding 14 pack of sugar to my tea cup 
Post-residency Plans: fellowship, possibly NICU


Sawyer Clement, PGY-1 2021-22

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Tulsa
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, sports, music
Fun Fact: At the summer camp I worked at in high school, everyone called me "Ducks"
Post-residency Plans: To be determined


Miranda Deutmeyer, PGY-1 2021-22

Hometown: Eldridge, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: Luther College
Medical School: A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, kayaking, gardening, spending time with my husband, family and border collie Izzie 
Fun Fact: I am a triplet! 
Post-residency Plans: Undecided - hospitalist or NICU fellowship probably


Elizabeth Smits, PGY-1 2021-22

Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Undergraduate Institution: Bradley University
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, volleyball, eating, country music concerts, watching football and basketball (Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers)
Fun Fact: My first "clinical" experience was working at a morgue. I used to think I wanted to be a forensic pathologist.
Post-residency Plan: Unsure at this time, leaning towards in-patient. Possibly PICU, but very undecided.


Elizabeth Daniels, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Fond du Lac, Wis.
Undergraduate Institution: Winona State University
Graduate Institution: Georgetown University
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies/Interests: Golf, biking, reading, board games, and puzzles.
Fun Fact: I once met the Jonas Brothers.


Mitchell Edwards, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I am a huge Green Bay Packers fan! I love attending anything with live music. My favorite band is Metallica, I have seen them live 4 times. My wife, Michaella, and I enjoy exercising, we go to Anytime Fitness in Iowa City.
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother who married my wife's sister. We are hoping to have identical cousins down the line!


Adam Erwood, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Atlanta
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, backpacking, anything outdoors, reading, learning to play piano, watching NCIS.
Fun Fact: I through-hiked the Colorado Trail in college, totaling 500 miles in 32 days.


Alex Flanagan, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Undergraduate Institution: Drury University
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, pickleball, swimming, scuba diving, reading, hanging with my two cats Piper and Pumba.
Fun Fact: I do not get brain freezes and therefore love frozen drinks! During college, I did marine biology research in Roatan, Honduras.


Collin Foster, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Clive, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: Iowa State University
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, biking, running, podcast listening, and diabetes management.
Fun Fact: In 2014, I briefly held the lead at the NCAA division 1 men's golf national championship. Two years later I built a stormtrooper helmet in a garage.


Lydia Hillier, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Seattle
Undergraduate Institution: Pacific Lutheran University
Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I love dogs, board and card games, baking, tent camping, hiking, soccer, guitar, ukelele.
Fun Fact: I made a rap video about the number 96 for extra credit in my 6th grade math class.


Garret Kahle, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Basehor, Kan.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Walks with my dog and wife, hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, exploring local breweries and wineries.
Fun Fact: Due to COVID-19, my wife and I put in an offer on our house in Iowa City without seeing it in person first!


Keegan Kavanaugh, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, biking, hockey, rock climbing, cookies, reading, chilling with friends, travel.
Fun Fact: I have left Iowa City on many occasions, despite what my academic record might suggest. One of my best travel memories is walking on the Great Wall of China.


Melanie Morris, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Helena, Mont.
Undergraduate Institution: Lewis & Clark College
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, going on long walks and hikes with my dog Cleo (he will not run), reading, ballet, and gardening.
Fun Fact: I can recite the whole SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Sailor Mouth" from memory.


Andrea Nollette, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Undergraduate Institution: Hastings College
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: My husband and I enjoy hunting, fishing, and taking our two Viszlas, Jade and Oakley, pheasant hunting. When it's not hunting season, I like shooting sporting clays, skeet, and trap.
Fun Fact: I like to weld and I competed on the Hastings College Shooting Team.


Megan Oberbillig, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Tempe, Ariz.
Undergraduate Institution: Arizona State University
Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Gymnastics, hiking, college football, board games, and country music.
Fun Fact: I was a competitive gymnast, and still love following college and elite gymnastics.


Ashley Preston, PGY-2 2021-2022

Hometown: Valders, Wis.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies/Interests: I love spending time being active outdoors and camping. I also enjoy playing softball with friends. Finally, I spend a lot of time being the cool aunt to my adorable niece and nephews.
Fun Fact: Johnny and June Cash were at my parents' wedding!


Sarah Scott, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Aberdeen, S.D.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Medical School: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Finding new restaurants, traveling, watching movies, puzzles, board games, buying things for my house.
Fun Fact: My new favorite TV show is Schitt's Creek!


Karen Villarroel, PGY-2 2021-212

Hometown: La Paz, Bolivia and Woodbridge, Va.
Undergraduate Institution: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I love being outdoors and try to go camping as much as possible. I think that one day I'll volunteer long term as a camping host at a National Park. I also love to read and am always looking for suggestions!
Fun Fact: I drive a 1992 Honda which I've had since college. She's in great shape and goes by the nickname of Rhonda. I am one of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and my first day in Iowa was my residency interview date!


Melinda Ana-Ma Whitacre, PGY-2 2021-22

Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, hiking, painting, biking, cross-stitching, tennis, traveling (I've been to 13 states and 8 countries so far), and trying out new food/dessert places.
Fun Fact: I went shark cage diving once in Honolulu! I was more uncomfortable with the waters since I have major seasickness.


Jonathan Jeschke, PGY-3 2021-22

Hometown: Stillwater, Minn.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota
Graduate Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hobbies/Interests: Playing and collecting guitars, reading non-fiction history with a political science focus and science fiction.
Fun Fact: I listened to 3000 hours of audiobooks during graduate school while labeling test tubes.


Megan Kavanaugh, PGY-3 2021-22

Hometown: Urbandale, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Graduate Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Leisure reading, going for walks, and singing/performing.
Fun Fact: My husband and I made call-backs for The Voice as a duo when we were in grad school!


Jeremy Sandgren, PGY-3 2021-22

Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wis.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa
Graduate Institution: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Video games, piano, running, cooking, and baking.
Fun Fact: Danced ballet for 10 years.


Caitlin Thirnbeck, PGY-3 2021-22

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: University of Iowa
Graduate Institution: Des Moines University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Playing/cuddling with my dog, reading, being outside, traveling, watching Netflix original movies (especially the ones with poor ratings on IMDb).
Fun Fact: In high school I spent time competing as a mime; I even went to the state performance level. This will be more surprising once you meet me and discover how talkative I am.


Blair Wright, PGY- 3 2021-22

Hometown: Sandwich, Ill.
Undergraduate Institution: Illinois Wesleyan University
Medical School: University of Illinois, UIC, Rockford Campus
Hobbies/Interests: Theatre, board games, walking around pretty places, and laughing with my family and friends.
Fun Fact: I make balloon animals! My cat meows like Owen Wilson saying "Wow!" so his name is Cohen (cat Owen) Wilson. Also, after Seth Cohen from the OC.

Current Residents

Intern group picture from 2021

Welcome 2021-2022 Pediatric Interns

Download a roster of our 2021-22 Pediatric Residents.

First Year:

  • Dr. Moh'd Rawhi Abu Hamad, Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Rawan Al-Rawi, Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Yahya Almodallal, Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. John Belz, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Emily Chi, Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
  • Dr. Sawyer Clement, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Dr. Miranda Deutmeyer, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Farbod Farhang, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Natalie McIntire, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Dr. Joshua Mifflin, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Irene Morcuende-Gonzalez, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Zachary Rumlow, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Destinee Schmitz, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Elizabeth Smits, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Dr. Danielle Thiessen, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Kayla Walter, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Second Year:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Daniel, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Mitchell Edwards, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Adam Erwood, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Alexandra Flanagan, St. Louis University, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Collin Foster, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Lydia Hillier, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
  • Dr. Garret Kahle, University of Kansas, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Keegan Kavanaugh, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Melanie Morris, University of Washington, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Andrea Nollette, University of Nebraska, College of Medicine
  • Dr. Megan Oberbillig, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Dr. Ashley Preston, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Sarah Scott, University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine
  • Dr. Daniel Stover, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Karen Villarroel, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Dr. Melinda Whitacre, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

Third Year: 

  • Dr. Sirine Belaid, Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Ashlee Graham, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medical School
  • Dr. Spoorthi Jagadish, Father Muller Medical College
  • Dr. Johnathan Jeschke, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Megan Kavanaugh, Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Caitlin Lindaman, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Shelby Mestnik, Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Ben Palmer, Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Emily Phillips, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Kacie Rytlewski, Indiana University, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jeremy Sandgren,  University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Ashley Schumacher, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Alex Springman, University of Nebraska, College of Medicine
  • Dr. Caitlin Thirnbeck, Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Megan Warneke, University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  • Dr. Blair Wright, University of Illinois

Past Residents

2021 graduates

2021 Graduates

Kathryn Bakkum, Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio
Caroline Densmore, Pediatric Chief Resident, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Amy Hobson, Neonatology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Christina Kim, General Pediatrics, Rockford, Illi.
Mallory Krahn, General Pediatrics, Kansas City, Mo.
Megan Miller, General Pediatrics, Lincoln, Neb.
Natalie Mushitz, General Pediatrics, Mitchell, S.D.
Cari Natvig, General Pediatrics, St. Cloud, Minn.
Graciela Parra Villasmil, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Mariah Sisson, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
Matthew Solomon, Critical Care Fellowship, Indiana University, Indianapolis
Karissa Soltys, Pediatric Chief Resident, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Ryan Squires, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Indiana University, Indianapolis
Sriya Subramani, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle
Megan Wubben, Pediatric Chief Resident University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

Graduating Class 2020 Photo

2020 Graduates

  • Kristin Avery, General Pediatrics, Clear Lake, Iowa
  • Melissa Baranay, Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago
  • Timothy Boly, Neonatology-Perinatal Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Alex Hoover, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Matthew Maves, General Pediatrics, Coralville, Iowa
  • Tyler Murtaugh, General Pediatrics, Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Haley Plath, General Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Meaghan Reaney, Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Heather Reichert, General Pediatrics, Monroe, Wis.
  • Rachel Segal, Child Abuse Fellowship, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kamel Shibbani, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ryan Town, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
  • Alexander Tuttle, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Oriana Vanegas Calderon, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2019 Graduates

2019 Pediatric Residency Graduates

  • Faris Al-Gharaibeh, Neonatology-Perinatal Fellowship, Cincinnati
  • Courtney Glos, General Pediatrics, Seymour, Ind.
  • Rachel Han, Neonatology-Perinatal Fellowship, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Hillary Herman, General Pediatrics, Appleton, Wis.
  • Bryan Koestner, General Pediatrics, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Stephanie Lind, General Pediatrics, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Kyle Merrill, Nephrology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati
  • Lance Nelson, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Melanie Reyes, Neonatology-Perinatal Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • David Segar, Cardiology Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Elizabeth Segar, General Pediatrics, Wauwatosa, Wis.
  • Ben Spector, Nephrology Fellowship, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Amy Strong, Nephrology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Ty Webb, General Pediatrics, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Kaitlin Stein, General Pediatrics, Kansas City, Mo.

2018 Graduates

2018 Graduates in Pediatrics, photo

  • Kathryn Halyko, General Pediatrics, Waterford, Wis.
  • Michael Halyko, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Justin Hammar, Neonatology Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Emily Hvidston, General Pediatrics, Duluth, Minn.
  • Kathleen Larson, General Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Marissa Michel, General Pediatrics, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Sara Pepper, General Pediatrics, Yankton, S.D.
  • Matthew Rysavy, Neonataology Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Kristen Sandgren, Pediatric Hospitalist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Laura Socwell, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, Ohio
  • George Spyropoulos, Critical Care Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Julianne Torres, Pediatric Hospitalist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Amy Truong, Pediatric Hospitalist, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Patience Ugwi, Completing PhD
  • Allison Whitney, General Pediatrics, Ankeny, Iowa

2017 Graduates

2017 Graduates

  • John Callahan, General Pediatrics, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Benjamin Dexter, General Pediatrics, Mankato, Minn.
  • Anh Linh Hoang, General Pediatrics, Clackamas, Ore.
  • Stephanie Houston, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship,, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Kathryn Kaufman, General Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Margaret Koos, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Benjamin Landgraf, General Pediatrics, New Berlin, Wis.
  • Natasha Madhoo Reynolds, General Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Padget Skogman, General Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Amy Stanford, Hemodynamics Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Hua Sun, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston
  • Lisa Woodroffe, General Pediatrics & Sports Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jessica Zimmerman, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2016 Graduates

  • Nour Akil, Pediatric Pulmonology Medicine, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Lindsay Blick, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Omaha, Neb.
  • Christopher Etscheidt, General Pediatrics, Waukee, Iowa
  • Temara Hajjat, Pediatric Gastroenterology Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati
  • Jennifer Isham, General Pediatrics, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Sneha Iyer, Hospitalist, University of Chicago, Chicago
  • Katherine Lynch, General Pediatrics, Medford, Ore.
  • Emily Peterson,& General Pediatrics, Minnesota
  • Catherina Pinnaro, Pediatric Endocrinology Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Justin Schwartz, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati
  • Fotios Spyropoulos, Neonatology-Perinatal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Mass.
  • Jenna Tate, General Pediatrics, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Patricia Watkins, Neonatology-Perinatal Medicine, Sanford Medical Center, Bismark, N.D.

2015 Graduates

  • Chad Dallon, General Pediatrics, Logan, Utah
  • Osayame Ekhaguere, Neonatology-Perinatal Medicine, Riley Children’s, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • Morgan Grundstad, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Mercy, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Will Klutho, General Pediatrics, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Tate Lage, General Pediatrics, Clear Lake, Iowa
  • Tracey Morgan-Harris,& Neonatology-Perinatal Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Kathryn Newby, General Pediatrics, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Dan Pelzer, General Pediatrics, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Shawki Qasim, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor University, College of Medicine, Houston
  • Kate Robb, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Katie Shearer, General Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Baiba Steinbrekera, Neonatology-Perinatal Medicine, Sanford Medical Center, Sanford, Sioux Falls, S.D.

2014 Graduates

  • Katie Behunin, General Pediatrics, Draper, Utah
  • Michael Colburn, Adolescent Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Steven Haasken, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Essentia Health, St. Mary’s, Duluth, Minn.
  • Lyndsay Harshman, Pediatric Nephrology Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Erin Howe, General Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Alexandra Iannone, Pediatric Neurology Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ugochi Ogu, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Medicine, University of Tennessee, Memphis
  • Rupa Pallavala, General Pediatrics, Indianapolis
  • Julie Stecher, General Pediatrics, Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Ali Suliman, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Medicine, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis
  • Anita Unnithan, Pediatric Medicine, Springfield, Mo.
  • Jon Willes, Pediatric Cardiology Medicine, Marshfield Children's Hospital, Marshfield, Wisc.
  • Robin Williams, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Masaki Yamada, PPediatric Infectious Disease Medicine, National Center for Childhood Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Graduates

  • Brady A'Hearn, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ashraf Baeshu, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Rockford, Ill.
  • Letrice Blair, General Pediatrics, Albany, Ore.
  • Leslie Greenlee, General Pediatrics, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Suneeti Gupta, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta
  • Hasan Hashem, Hematology/Oncology & BMT Medicine, King Hussein Cancer Foundation & Center, Amman, Jordan
  • Mina Kim, General Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Sonya Kirmani, Pediatric Cardiology Medicine, Duke Children’s Hospital, Durham, N.C.
  • Krupa Mysore, Pediatric Gastroenterology Medicine, Baylor University, College of Medicine, Houston
  • Ashley Sandeen, Critical Care Medicine, Sanford Children’s Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Jennifer Thompson, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis

Chief Residents

The Chief Residents' role includes facilitation of Resident Report, Inpatient Direct Observation, preparing schedules for rotation, conference, retreat, emergency coverage, medical student education, and recruitment, and serving on various committees representing residency interests.

Caroline Densmore, portrait

Caroline Densmore, MD

Chief Resident
peds-chief@uiowa.edu


Karissa Soltys, portrait

Karissa Soltys, MD

Chief Resident
peds-chief@uiowa.edu

Residency Leaders

Amy Stier, Program Director

Amy Stier, MD, MME
Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
amy-stier@uiowa.edu

Eyad Hanna, Associate Program Director

Eyad Hanna, MD, MME
Associate Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
eyad-hanna@uiowa.edu

Glenda Rabe, Associate Program Director

Glenda Rabe, MD, MME
Associate Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
glenda-rabe@uiowa.edu

Erin Howe, Associate Program Director

Erin Howe, MD
Associate Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
erin-howe@uiowa.edu

Jolynn Hora

Jolynn Leyden-Schevers
Program Coordinator
peds-res@uiowa.edu

Chair and Department Executive Officer

Alexander G. Bassuk, MD, PhD
Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. We are proud to showcase our extraordinary clinical care, dedication to the education of students and young physicians, and our world-class research programs.

Our comprehensive medical, surgical, and nursing services span the full spectrum of pediatric care. The consistently high rankings we receive on national and international benchmarks attest to the exceptional quality of care we provide. With more than 127,000 annual outpatient visits and more than 10,000 admissions to the 165 beds at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, we draw patients regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our commitment to family-centered care and our outstanding facilities have been praised for their innovative and patient-friendly design.

We are dedicated to excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows, as reflected by a competency-based curriculum that is designed to provide practitioners with comprehensive knowledge and outstanding skills. The clinical and research efforts of trainees are closely mentored and nurtured. Our graduates move on to successful careers in clinical practice and academic pediatrics.

From genomics to cancer biology, from clinical trials to outcomes research, the department consistently ranks among the top National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Pediatric Departments nationally. Our faculty and staff are engaged in cutting edge basic science and patient-oriented research in our unwavering quest to improve the health and well-being of all children.

Department of Pediatrics Faculty

The Department of Pediatrics has a faculty of more than 120 professionals whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans the entire discipline of pediatric medicine.

Please select a link below to view faculty clinical and research profiles.

Faculty Listed Alphabetically 

Faculty by Division

Faculty Research Profiles

Contact Us

ERAS logoIf you are interested in applying to the Pediatric Residency Program, applications are accepted only through ERAS. Please include your USMLE scores, Dean's letter, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

To reach us:

Jolynn Leyden-Schevers
Pediatric Residency Coordinator
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics - 2015-26 BT
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-3462
Fax: 319-356-4855
Email: peds-res@uiowa.edu