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UI will host primary care conference

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Health care practitioners, educators and policy makers will gather on the University of Iowa campus on April 16-17 for a conference, "Redefining Education in Primary Care: Teaming Communities, Practitioners and Educators."

The purpose of the conference, according to organizer Elizabeth Swanson, UI associate vice president for health professions education and associate professor of nursing, is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion on the impact of rapid recent changes in health care services delivery.

"As health care has changed, so have the relationships between the people involved in delivering health care," Swanson says. "This conference will address that reality. It will also explore how educators can teach in ways that encourage people to work as part of health care teams."

The conference will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union. The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Roger J. Bulger, president of the American Association of Academic Health Centers. Bulger's talk is entitled, "The Name of the Game is Mercy."

UI President Mary Sue Coleman will give the welcome and opening remarks. Other speakers will represent a variety of health care disciplines from across the country.

The final presentation of the conference will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. David J. Skorton, UI vice president for research and special assistant to the president for the Health Sciences Center; Dr. David C. Johnsen, dean of the UI College of Dentistry; Dr. Richard P. Nelson, executive associate dean of the UI College of Medicine; Dr. Melanie C. Dreher, dean of the UI College of Nursing; and Dr. Gilbert S. Banker, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy.

The conference is sponsored by the UI Health Sciences Center and the UI Integrated Health Professions Education Program in cooperation with the Association of Academic Health Centers. Continuing education credit is available in medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

For more information about the conference, call Beverly Prostine, (319) 335-3220.