Clearly, we aren’t from the Midwest. In fact, I didn’t step foot in Iowa until moving day. Whether you’re from the Midwest or far away and whether University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) was your partner’s first or last choice (which of course may be different from your preferences), I am confident you will love this community during your time here.
Welcome from all of us!
Iowa Medical Partners (IMP) is for partners, male and female, of residents and fellows at UIHC. You can be as involved as you’d like. Our closed Facebook group for members is a wonderful sounding board for advice. There are also tons of events. Some are during the day and geared more for stay-at-home parents, others are adult-only at night and some are for the whole family on weekends.
As I look back on the summer of 2016 when we moved to Iowa City, I am so thankful for IMP. I was just entering my second trimester with a 2.5-year-old in tow and was transitioning to staying at home. IMP play dates got me out of the house, introduced me to people and allowed me to explore the area. It helped me to feel grounded and connected. This new group also was a wonderful support system when I had complications with my pregnancy/birth far from family. I could not have anticipated all of this on Match Day...I was clinging to reassurances from my husband that Iowa City would be a great fit for us.
My family lives in University Heights, an area near UIHC, but many friends live on the east part of Iowa City, in Coralville and North Liberty. Some own but many rent. I realize that this does not narrow things down but know that we have been where you are and can answer specific questions you may have. If you are buying, the market is hot. Houses in desirable areas and at good price points sell in days.
The move to Iowa City (or staying!) may be about your partner, but there is so much for everyone here. Let us know who you are and if you have any questions!
A few more helpful links from our website:
Need a realtor?
Housing Listings through IMP
Basics about Iowa City / moving
And of course, join IMP! (Here’s the Facebook page once you do)