WRITER: ELIZABETH HAMILTON
CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
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College of Medicine honored again by American Academy of Family Physicians
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Academy of Family Physicians presented
the University of Iowa College of Medicine with another Gold Achievement
Award for its success in producing graduates who chose careers in family
medicine. This is the third Gold Achievement Award the UI has earned in
the last three years.
The academy grants Gold Achievement Awards annually to schools that
place an average of more than 30 percent of their graduates in family medicine
over a three-year period. The UI, with an average of 31.9 percent of graduates
entering family practice residency programs between 1995-1997, is one of
only seven medical schools to win Gold Achievement honors this year. In
all, 46 schools were recognized for their efforts to promote family medicine
"We are very proud of the national reputation the college has achieved
in training physicians who enter family medicine," says Dr. Robert
P. Kelch, dean of the college. "Communities around the state will
certainly benefit from these efforts."
According to Kelch, the college's success is a result of changes in
the medical school curriculum that expose medical students to family medicine
early in their studies.
"Our curriculum offers students several opportunities to learn
about family medicine. Once they find out what family medicine is all about,
many of them decide they would like to pursue a career in that field,"
Drs. Evan W. Kligman, head of the Department of Family Medicine, and
Barcey T. Levy, director of the department's predoctoral program, received
the award on behalf of the UI. They attended a ceremony at the conference
of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine on April 29 in Chicago.
"We are truly delighted to be awarded this honor," Kligman
says. "It reflects on the excellence, not only of our on-campus faculty
but also on the outstanding family physicians around Iowa who serve as
role models for our students."