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Release: Oct. 13, 1999

UI College of Medicine students host Primary Care Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa medical, nursing and physician assistant students, in conjunction with UI Health Care physicians and staff, will put primary focus on Primary Care Week, Oct. 16 - 22.

In addition to offering health fairs for children and adults at the Old Capitol Mall Oct. 16 - 17, "Celebrating Primary Care: Health Professions and Community Partnerships" includes programs Oct. 18 - 22 on the UI campus. The celebration goal is to generate interest in primary care among health sciences students. Other events will honor primary care physicians and health professionals who contribute to UI medical or health care education.

Primary care includes family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. As the name suggests, primary care specialties are the first line of health care for individuals, said Deborah Lindner, a second-year UI medical student from West Des Moines and one of the event organizers.

Primary Care Week co-organizers are second-year UI medical students Tracy Reittinger of Dyersville and Mark Williams of Seattle, Wash. Lindner and Williams are student representatives to the American Association of Medical Colleges, which promotes primary care awareness and education. Reittinger is UI student representative to the American Medical Student Association (ASMA), which is also providing support for the event.

The AMSA is leading a national effort encouraging medical schools to devote an entire week to highlighting primary care activities, Reittinger said. Previously, only one day was set aside to celebrate primary care.

The on-campus events aimed at students and professionals include:

Primary Care Panel of Health Care Professionals, 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB). Six panelists will discuss opportunities available within primary care and address misconceptions that might prevent students from entering the field. Speakers include Charles Driscoll, M.D., a family practitioner in Iowa City; Leslie Riley, M.D., an internist in Iowa City; Michelle Malloy, a local pediatric nurse practitioner; and UI Health Care staff Peg Bouska, physician assistant in family medicine; Sonya Erickson, M.D., associate in obstetrics and gynecology; and Stacie Walton, M.D., M.P.H., visiting assistant professor (clinical) of pediatrics.

Rural Family Medicine, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, Seebohm Conference Room, 283 EMRB. James Cahill, M.D., a family practitioner from Preston, will talk about his 40 years of experience practicing rural family medicine. Roger Kilburg, a Preston businessman, will discuss the importance of small-town physicians and what incentives small towns can offer physicians.

Community Services and Resources within Iowa City, 12:30 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 20, Auditorium I, Bowen Science Building. Local organizations such as the Free Medical Clinic, Emma Goldman Foundation, Youth Homes, Inc., ARC of Johnson County, and Bethany Christian Services will discuss their services and interaction with UI Health Care.

Celebrating Primary Care Dinner: "The Interactions of a Primary Care Physician," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, Seventh Floor Dining Room, Roy Carver Pavilion. Robert Anderson, M.D., vice president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will discuss how primary care generalist physicians interact with subspecialists, community organizations, nurses, physician assistants and others. Anderson is a pediatrician in Bettendorf.

Geriatrics and Research in Primary Care, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, Auditorium I, Bowen Science Building. Margo Schilling, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of internal medicine, will discuss the importance of primary care research and her experience with geriatric medicine, which is her specialty.

Managed Care: "What Students and Doctors Need to Know," 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, Auditorium I, Bowen Science Building. Richard LeBlond, M.D., UI professor (clinical) of internal medicine and director of the American Board of Family Practice, will discuss what students and doctors need to know about health management organizations and their impact on health care.

For more information about Primary Care Week events, call Lindner at 358-1148 or Reittinger at 341-3406.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: This news release references health fairs for children and adults to be held Oct. 16 - 17 at the Old Capitol Mall in Iowa City. Please see UI Health News release dated Oct. 13, 1999, for more information about these public events.)


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