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Release: March 19, 2001
(Editors: This news release is adapted from a Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation news release distributed in December.)
College of Medicine receives award to train physician-scientists
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
has awarded a four-year, $625,000 grant to the University of Iowa College
of Medicine to establish a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program.
The UI medical school was one of only seven academic medical centers nationwide
selected last December to offer the program, which will award selected medical
students stipends of $20,000 and health insurance coverage to take one year
off from school to receive hands-on clinical research training.
A key component of the program is the opportunity
for students to work with outstanding physician-scientists who have agreed
to serve as mentors. Students from any medical school in the United States
will be eligible to apply for a 12-month fellowship at one of the seven schools.
At least 35 fellows will be supported each year, for a total of 140 fellows
during the four-year program. The first fellows will be recruited in early
2001 to start fellowships later this year. The UI will host at least five
students for the 2001-02 academic year.
In addition to the UI College of Medicine, the following
six schools were selected to offer the fellowships: Columbia University College
of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School, University of California
at San Francisco Medical School, University of North Carolina Medical School,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, and Washington
University Medical School.
"Despite increasing funding and unparalleled opportunities
for biomedical research, there is increasing alarm about a decline in the
number and morale of physicians pursuing careers in medical research," said
Allyn Mark, M.D., Roy J. Carver Professor of Internal Medicine and associate
dean for research and graduate programs in the UI College of Medicine. "The
Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship provides a novel opportunity for medical
students to engage early in training for a combined career in medicine and
"This award to the University of Iowa reflects the
national stature of our faculty physician-scientists and the growing recognition
that the UI is one of the national leaders in training physician-scientists
in addition to training primary care physicians," added Mark, who is program
leader for the UI. Brad Doebbeling, M.D., UI associate professor of internal
medicine and epidemiology, and Peggy Nopoulos, M.D., UI associate professor
of psychiatry, serve as co-program leaders.
Joan E. Spero, president of the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation, said that statistics indicate a decline in the number of young
physician-scientists interested in pursuing clinical research.
"We are pleased to sponsor a program that addresses
this decline by combining financial and institutional resources to encourage
talented medical students to explore careers in clinical research," she said.
Since its inception in 1998, the primary focus of
the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Medical Research Program has been to
support clinical research. For more information on the program, visit http://ddcf.aibs.org.
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.