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Release: April 24, 2002

UI Carver College of Medicine to host event for physician-instructors April 30 in Des Moines

They are recognized as experienced clinicians, but a number of Des Moines area physicians also serve as community-based teachers for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, preparing medical students, physician assistant students and medical residents for health care careers.

The UI Carver College of Medicine will hold a recognition dinner and teaching skills workshop for these doctors Tuesday, April 30 at the Hyperion Field Club, 7390 N.W. Beaver Drive, in Johnston. The Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium is co-sponsoring the event.

Des Moines 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 Carver College of Medicine. "Many Des Moines physicians serve as excellent clinical instructors. Thanks to these professionals and other community physicians, we are able to provide the next generation of doctors with a solid understanding of the challenges of community medicine."

The Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium is affiliated with the UI Carver College of Medicine and is one of six UI Regional Medical Education Centers. The consortium's principal function is to serve as the medical education (for medical students and residents) coordinating entity for its Des Moines hospital members. The consortium serves the university by coordinating UI medical education activity, recruiting community-based faculty, co-sponsoring faculty development programs and recommending clinical teachers for appointment to the UI faculty. The UI also has regional affiliates in Cedar Rapids, Mason City, the Quad Cities, Sioux City and Waterloo.

More than 50 area physicians are expected to attend the April 30 event. The teaching skills 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 a 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. Nathan Josephson, M.D., director of the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium, will co-facilitate the session.

The faculty recognition dinner will follow the two-hour workshop. Representatives from the UI Carver College of Medicine, including Dean Robert P. Kelch, M.D., will be on hand to convey their appreciation for the teaching efforts of Des Moines 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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