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Release: Nov. 13, 2001

UI College of Medicine to host event for physician-instructors Nov. 14 in Cedar Rapids

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- They are recognized as experienced clinicians, but a number of Cedar Rapids area doctors also serve as community-based teachers for the University of Iowa College of Medicine, preparing medical students, physician assistant students and medical residents for health care careers.

The UI College of Medicine plans to offer these doctors a teaching skills workshop and honor them with a recognition dinner Nov. 14 at the Collins Plaza Hotel, 1200 Collins Rd. NE, in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation is co-sponsoring the event.

Cedar Rapids area physicians who volunteer as instructors are key to the college's commitment to provide its students with educational experience in settings that reflect the day-to-day realities of medical practice.

"Physicians in community settings are integral to the success of our medical curriculum," said Roger Tracy, assistant dean and director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs at the UI College of Medicine. "Many Cedar Rapids physicians serve as excellent clinical instructors. Thanks to these professionals and other community physicians, we are able to provide the next generation of doctors a solid understanding of the challenges of community medicine."

The Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation is affiliated with the UI College of Medicine and is one of six UI Regional Medical Education Centers. In that role, the foundation operates a UI-affiliated family practice residency and coordinates medical student education in Cedar Rapids. The UI also has regional affiliates in Des Moines, Mason City, the Quad Cities, Sioux City and Waterloo.

More than 25 area physicians are expected to attend the Nov. 14 event in Cedar Rapids. The faculty development workshop, which begins at 4 p.m., is titled, "One Minute Preceptor." Participants will learn how to sharpen the objectives of clinical teaching, how to use questioning strategies that promote critical thinking and how to effectively comment on the learner's performance. Kristi Ferguson, Ph.D., UI associate professor of community and behavioral health and director of the UI Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education, will lead the workshop. Gordon Baustian, M.D., director of the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation, will co-facilitate the session.

The faculty recognition dinner will follow the two-hour workshop. Representatives from the UI College of Medicine will be on hand to convey their appreciation for the teaching efforts of area physicians.

For more information on the workshop and dinner, contact the UI Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs at (319) 335-8618 or via e-mail at

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