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Witthoeft selected for prestigious clerkship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Laura Raid Witthoeft, a third-year student in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, is the winner of the 1997 Oxford Clerkship. Witthoeft, a native of Denmark, Iowa, plans to complete the eight-week clerkship studying at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England during January and February 1998.

"I am excited to see what medicine is like in a different country," Witthoeft says. "It will be interesting to see the differences and problems of medicine in another modern country, as well as how some things are handled better there compared with our system."

Besides studying in England, the clerkship includes a $2,500 award. "The Oxford Clerkship is the single most prestigious award that can be bestowed on a student within the College of Medicine," says Dr. Peter Densen, associate dean of the College of Medicine.

This clerkship was started in 1966 through the initial efforts of Dr. Lewis January, UI professor emeritus of internal medicine and former president of the American Heart Association.

Witthoeft, who plans to specialize in primary care medicine, received her bachelor's degree in biology from the UI.