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Release: June 23, 1999

UI names new director, co-director of Medical Scientist Training Program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pamela Geyer, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Iowa, has been named the new director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Michael Welsh, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and physiology and biophysics, will become the new co-director of the program.

The change in leadership will take place in August when current director Gary Koretzky, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and physiology and biophysics, steps down.

Geyer, a faculty member since 1989, has served as co-director of the MSTP since 1997.

"She is a nationally recognized scientist with high scientific standards and experience in graduate research training," said Allyn Mark, M.D., UI College of Medicine associate dean for research and graduate programs. "With Gary Koretzky, Pam helped revitalize the MSTP. She has a strong and energetic commitment to the program."

Welsh, a physician-scientist himself, has been on the faculty since 1981. He has had extensive experience training MSTP students. He has been an increasingly prominent advocate nationally for the future of physician-scientists in this country.

"Mike is highly regarded as a clinician and teacher, and he is a truly extraordinary role model for physician-scientists," Mark said.

The MSTP trains physician-scientists who can use their knowledge of medicine, as well as their research talents, to make major contributions to biomedical science and health care. The MSTP weaves clinical medicine and basic science research together throughout the seven- to eight-year training period. At the end, students graduate with doctoral and medical degrees.