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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.

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UI College of Medicine educates, honors Des Moines area affiliated physicians

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 ago.

"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 consortium.

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 of Medicine.

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.