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Release: Nov. 17, 2000

Howell appointed chair of accreditation council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- R. Edward Howell, CEO and director of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently accepted the position of chair of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

"Ed Howell is a strong supporter of graduate medical education," said David Leach, M.D., executive director of ACGME. "I am pleased that he has agreed to serve as our chair. His expertise and leadership in this arena are invaluable."

The council is responsible for accrediting all post-medical doctorate education in the U.S. Its members review post-graduate continuing medical education programs offered to people who have received their doctorate of medicine degrees.

"The opportunity to chair the council is very gratifying," said Howell. "I look forward to fulfilling the responsibilities of the position and helping ensure that our nation's physicians continue to receive the finest continuing education programs available anywhere."

Jim Bently of the American Hospital Association (AHA) added, "Throughout his career,
Ed Howell has distinguished himself as a hospital administrator and an educator. He is ideally suited to meet the demands of this position."

Howell's term as chair of the ACGME will run for one year.

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