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Release: Oct. 22, 1999
McGowan of Sioux City receives award from Iowa Academy
of Family Physicians
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gerald J. McGowan, M.D., University
of Iowa clinical associate professor of family medicine and medical director
of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, has been named
the 1999 Medical Educator of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians
A 1963 graduate of the UI College of Medicine, McGowan
completed his medical residency at Maricopa County General Hospital in Phoenix
in 1965. He returned to Iowa in 1965 and began his practice in Sioux City.
He has served as medical director of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation
since its inception in 1975.
"I was surprised by the recognition from the
academy," McGowan said. "Actually, the best reward for what I do
is the satisfaction that comes from teaching tomorrows practitioners."
The Siouxland Medical Education Foundation is a nonprofit
corporation governed by a board of medical, hospital and community representatives.
The foundation provides patient care and health sciences education at its
Sioux City Family Practice Center.
The center, a new 34,000-square-foot patient care
and educational facility, opened in September 1998. It is home to one of eight
UI-affiliated family practice residency training sites in the state.
Medical school graduates who complete the three-year
residency typically become certified as family practice specialists. Over
the past 23 years, the Sioux City residency has trained 115 physicians. Many
of these physicians practice in Sioux City or the surrounding area.
In addition to training family practice residents,
the Sioux City Family Practice Center hosts UI medical students in various
stages of their education. First-year medical students can receive their MECO
(Medical Education/Community Orientation) experience there, while third-year
students may participate in family practice preceptorships and community-based
primary care clerkships. Fourth-year medical students also can complete family
practice electives and emergency medicine courses in Sioux City. UI physician
assistant and pharmacy students train at the center, as well.
"Dr. McGowan has been the anchor for our medical
education programming in northwest Iowa for nearly 25 years," said Roger
Tracy, assistant dean and director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education
Programs in the UI College of Medicine. "His involvement in the affairs
of his own medical community make him an effective
medical education leader for the region."
McGowan received the IAFP award at a banquet held
during the academys 51st annual meeting Oct. 21 in Des Moines.