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Release: July 27, 2000

UI Office of Health Science Relations recognized for award-winning publication

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office of Health Science Relations (HSR) has been recognized nationally for producing a publication detailing the process of medical education and training.

The Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement recently named HSR a recipient of its "Shoestring Award," given for publications produced on a relatively small budget, for "The Road to Becoming a Physician." The publication provides an easy-to-understand description of medical specialties, how physicians prepare for various medical careers, and the different types of physicians and physicians-in-training patients may meet at teaching hospitals and other clinical education sites.

"The Road to Becoming a Physician" was written by Lin Larson and designed by Connie Peterson. Anne Duggan oversaw the project. The publication was produced in June 1999 in conjunction with the Iowa Medical Society to recognize the sesquicentennial of the organized practice of medicine in Iowa, which is being celebrated throughout this year.

"This is an honor that the College and the Iowa Medical Society can take pride in along with the staff of Health Science Relations," said Richard Nelson, M.D., executive dean of the UI College of Medicine. "The goal was to create a brochure that gives the public a clear, yet detailed understanding on the medical education experience. The staff members at Health Science Relations involved in this project did an outstanding job."

Copies of "The Road to Becoming a Physician" are still available. To receive a free copy, contact HSR at (319) 335-8037 or via email at


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