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Release: April 20, 2000

College of Medicine honored for number of family practice graduates

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Academy of Family Physicians has awarded the University of Iowa College of Medicine with a Silver Achievement Award. The award will be presented May 5 at the annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The award honors the college's efforts in producing graduates who enter the specialty of family practice. For the years 1997, 1998 and 1999, the college has a three-year average of 26.7 percent of medical students choosing to enter an accredited family practice residency upon graduation.

Achievement awards are given to programs with three-year averages higher than 20 percent. Each year the award is based on the preceding three-year average, preventing schools from being recognized if they have one very good year but not a consistent record of producing graduates interested in family practice. Gold awards are given for an average higher than 30 percent, silver from 25-29.9 percent, and bronze from 20-24.9 percent.

Barcey T. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of family practice, and Cynda Ann Johnson, M.D., professor and head of the UI department of family medicine, will be present at the ceremony to receive the award.

"We accept this award with great pride," Johnson said. "This is wonderful recognition for our students and the department, and it reflects on the excellence of our faculty and the commitment the college has made to meet the health care needs of Iowans."