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Release: Aug. 11, 2000

Josephson appointed director of UI's Medical Education Program in Des Moines

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nathan Josephson, M.D., has been appointed director of the University of Iowa Medical Education Program in Des Moines. The program, designed to help UI medical students gain hands-on learning through clerkship experiences in the community, has been in existence for a decade.

According to Josephson, the program has grown tremendously in the past few years, fueled by the increasing emphasis the UI College of Medicine has placed on a generalist education. The newly created directorship is designed to help provide learning and administrative support in response to the expansion of clinical clerkship opportunities for undergraduates in the Des Moines area.

"Our ultimate goal is to provide a campus here in Des Moines in which UI medical students can choose from a wide range of community-based educational experiences," Josephson said.

In addition to his new position, Josephson will continue his role as executive director of the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium, Inc. The consortium has not only developed educational resources for students, but also provides housing for students while they are on the six-to 12-week clinical clerkships. In addition to supporting UI medical students, the consortium supports and facilitates educational activities at the graduate medical education level for medical and surgical residents sponsored by Des Moines hospitals, and for the UI Hospitals and Clinics' residents who rotate through Des Moines for a community-based experience.

Josephson, a 1976 graduate of the UI College of Medicine, has been teaching internal medicine to residents and students since 1977 and is currently clinical professor of internal medicine at the UI. The consortium office is located at 1415 Woodland Avenue, Suite 130 in Des Moines.


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