Medical Education Building

Medical Education Building

Medical Education Building

What You'll Find Here

  • Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education (OCRME)
  • Photographic Service
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Program


500 Newton Road
Formal Name: 
Medical Education Building
Proudfoot, Bird and Rawson, Des Moines, Iowa

In the original incarnation of the Medical Campus, a cluster of one- and two-story buildings provided specialized care in a quasi-domestic setting. Over the years, however, the expansion of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has largely subsumed the functions of those early buildings, and only the Medical Education Building remains today. Though it was developed as a psychiatric hospital and served that function until 1990, the building is now a unit of the UI Carver College of Medicine and houses its teaching laboratory.
Like Westlawn, the Medical Education Building is a red-brick Tudor Revival structure. The choice of style has a less institutional, more baronial, feel, with sandstone ornamentation and touches reminiscent of domestic architecture. The pointed arches at the main entrance, window surrounds, and crenellated parapets (above the bay windows) are all rendered in sandstone. The dormers and tall chimneys on the main section’s roof add to Medical Education’s stately air, while the low flanking wings create a sense of hominess. These wings, really passageways leading to other former wards, also provided patients with abundant cross-ventilation that was considered essential to their treatment.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. Call (319) 335-6707 for current information.

The accessible entrance equipped with a power opener is located on the south side of the building. The building is also accessible via the Health Sciences Campus tunnel system.
There is designated parking for persons with disabilities in the Newton Road Parking Ramp.
An accessible unisex restroom is located in the building lobby just inside the main entrance.
The building elevator is located in the center of the building near the main entrance.