CONTACT: JENNIFER CRONIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-9917
EDITORS: The following news release concerns Iowa community physicians
affiliated with the University of Iowa College of Medicine. For names of
physicians in your area who work with medical students and residents, contact
Jennifer Cronin at the UI Office of Health Science Relations, (319) 335-9917.
UI College of Medicine educates, honors Des Moines area affiliated
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Many Des Moines area physicians have responded to
an important call by volunteering to serve as University of Iowa College
of Medicine community-based teachers, preparing new and future doctors
and other health care professionals for the fields they are about to enter.
The UI College of Medicine, in cooperation with the Des Moines Area
Medical Education Consortium, plans to help these community physicians
become even better instructors and thank them for their service by holding
a teaching skills workshop and an appreciation dinner Nov. 19 in Des Moines.
The volunteer doctors are key to the College of Medicine's commitment
to provide students with more experience in community-based settings. The
physicians, serving as clinical instructors, give medical students, physician
assistants and resident physicians exposure to the day-to-day realities
of medical practice. To give teaching support to the community faculty
and to recognize them for their contributions, the College of Medicine
began holding events like the one scheduled for Des Moines about a year
"Thanks to the teaching contributions of community physicians,
we can continue to provide Iowa with new generations of doctors who understand
the challenges of community medicine," said Roger Tracy, assistant
dean and director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs
at the UI College of Medicine.
The Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium coordinates medical
student and graduate medical education programs for participating Des Moines
hospitals and physicians.
Nearly 90 Des Moines area physicians are planning to attend the Nov.
19 event. The afternoon begins with a teaching skills workshop focused
on "Evaluation and Feedback," designed to help clinical teachers
evaluate trainee performance and give helpful comments about that performance.
"The faculty development efforts of the College of Medicine provide
important learning resources for our clinical faculty in the Des Moines
area," said Dr. Nathan Josephson, director of the medical education
The Nov. 19 event concludes with a dinner at which time participating
doctors will receive appreciation and recognition from representatives
of the College of Medicine. All community-based faculty also will receive
certificates of appreciation from Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the UI College
In addition to the Des Moines area consortium, the UI College of Medicine
works through five other affiliated regional medical education centers
and their participating community physicians. The other organizations are
based in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo.