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Regents approve renaming three UI College of Medicine departments

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa College of Medicine departments have been renamed. The Iowa State Board of Regents unanimously approved the changes during its Feb. 19-20 meeting in Iowa City.

The department of anatomy was changed to the department of anatomy and cell biology to more accurately reflect its strategic mission in education and research.

The department of family practice is now the department of family medicine. Because family medicine is the name now recognized as describing the academic discipline which underlies the specialty, the name change more accurately reflects the broader missions of the department.

An expanded emphasis on enhanced research and educational missions into basic mechanisms of vision prompted the department of ophthalmology to change its name to the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences.