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Release: Feb. 23, 2000
UI Obstetrics and Gynecology Department recognized for research excellence
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
has been recognized for research excellence by the editorial board of the
journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. The department received a $5,000 Department
Research Initiative (DRI) award based on outstanding manuscripts published
in the journal by two teams of UI investigators during the 1999 calendar year.
The journal recently established the DRI award out of concern about the
possible negative effects of health care reform on biomedical research. A
total of four institutions received recognition this year. However, the UI
was the only institution to have two manuscripts recognized. The award will
be used for future research in obstetrics and gynecology at the UI.
The research involved investigators who were or are currently members of
the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Randomized double-masked
comparison of oxytocin dosage in induction and augmentation of labor"
was published by David C. Merrill, M.D., former assistant professor, and Frank
J. Zlatnik, M.D., professor. "Sonohysterography in premenopausal women
with and without abnormal bleeding" was published by Mia Clevenger-Hoeft,
M.D., a former resident in the department; Craig H. Syrop, M.D., professor;
Dale W. Stovall, M.D., former associate professor; and Brad J. Van Voorhis,
M.D., associate professor. Jennifer R. Niebyl, M.D., is professor and head
of the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The editorial committee judged the manuscripts on originality; importance
to specialty; laboratory, clinical and statistical methodology; narrative
and graphic presentation of data; and writing style.
Obstetrics and Gynecology is published by the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists, a national organization representing 40,000 physicians
who provide health care for women.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.