BVU has unique academic and professional development opportunities that allow you to explore, prepare for, and enter a career in the health professions, including paid internships to selected students who have an interest in practicing rural medicine.
Each year, at least three pre-med students are selected for the URMED program, in which they intern at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake and three other area hospitals over the course of January interim. Each participating student receives a $3,000 stipend to help defray expenses associated with applying to medical school. The program also provides professional enrichment opportunities for pre-professional students interested in physical therapy, radiology, optometry, and pharmacy careers in rural settings.
The URDI program is a January interim internship during which participating pre-dentistry students spend three weeks at the clinics of Storm Lake dentists. The program offers a $3,000 stipend to help defray expenses associated with applying to dental school.
Two Buena Vista University alumni - Dr. James D. Alstott and Dr. Kyle J. Glienke - received their medical degrees from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in May. Through their years at BVU and in medical school, they have formed a lasting friendship. Read more...