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UI department of family medicine celebrating 'Silver Jubilee'
IOWA CITY, Iowa --The University of Iowa department of family medicine
will celebrate its "Silver Jubilee" anniversary Oct. 16-18 with
activities that include a hayride, western barbecue, banquet and participation
in the Hospice Road Races.
The department will welcome back graduates of the Family Practice Residency
Program, along with former faculty, staff, and members of the medical community
from across the state. They will join with current faculty, staff, university
leadership, and members of the Iowa City/Coralville community in celebrating
The department of family medicine began 25 years ago as a joint residency
training program between the UI and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
"This cooperative relationship continues today and has evolved
into a nationally recognized program for resident education," said
Dr. Gerald J. Jogerst, UI assistant professor and interim head of family
The department of family medicine offers a three-year, fully accredited
residency training program that prepares physicians to provide continuing
and comprehensive personal care to patients and their families. The program
includes education in all areas of family medicine and emphasizes the value
of wellness and preventive medicine.
The department shares its expertise internationally through partnerships
with several nations that advance the establishment of family medicine
training programs for physicians, nurses, social workers and medical students
in Japan, Korea, China and Russia. The international programs provide partners
with a better understanding of cultural differences, particularly how health
care operates within different cultural and economic systems.
In addition to the residency program, the department's predoctoral education
division directs and coordinates medical student courses and activities.
Some 150 family physicians in private practice throughout Iowa volunteer
to take third-year medical students into their offices for three weeks.
This provides a unique opportunity for all medical students to have a one-on-one
relationship with a practicing Iowa family physician. The fact that medical
students consistently rank the course highly reflects favorably on the
family physicians who take the time to teach, Jogerst said.
The UI College of Medicine's commitment to family physician training
is underscored by its receipt of the Gold Award from the American Academy
of Family Physicians for three consecutive years. Only seven medical schools
in the U.S. received the most recent award, which is based on the number
of graduating medical students choosing family medicine as a career.
In July the department's faculty and administrative offices relocated
to the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the
department's primary clinical practice moved to the UI Family Care Center
in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion. "We are pleased with the new accommodations,"
said Sharon Booker, department administrator. "It's very functional
for us and convenient for our patients."
Dr. Dan Fick, family practice medical director, said, "The whole
development of the UI Family Care Center represents a significant institutional
commitment to primary care. Our department is excited about being part
of the UI Family Care Center."
Jogerst said the "Silver Jubilee" is an opportune time for
graduates and former colleagues to reunite. "I think those joining
us for this event will be pleased with the progress of the last 25 years."