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Release: Aug. 28, 2002

UI Carver College Of Medicine Appoints Mandel Assistant Dean

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has appointed Jess Mandel, M.D., as assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum, effective Sept. 1. Mandel, who joined the UI faculty a year ago, is assistant professor (clinical) of internal medicine and co-director of UI Heart Care's Pulmonary Hypertension Center.

As assistant dean, Mandel will help administer the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum. The office oversees all aspects of undergraduate medical education at Iowa, including curriculum development and administration, admissions, financial aid and student advising.

Mandel received his medical degree from Houston's Baylor College of Medicine and came to the UI from Harvard Medical School, where he was assistant professor. He directed the internal medicine residency training program and the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, Mandel earned recognition for excellence in clinical teaching, mentoring and small group tutoring.

At the UI, Mandel has served as co-director for the second-semester medical curriculum and coordinator of the human organ systems course.

"Jess Mandel is an imaginative, talented, energetic medical educator and a fervent student advocate," said Allyn Mark, M.D., interim executive dean of the Carver College of Medicine. "He will contribute valuably to the continuing renewal of medical education at Iowa."

Kimberly Ephgrave, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and curriculum, said Mandel was chosen from "an outstanding field of candidates for the position." Noting his role in coordinating first-year courses, Ephgrave said Mandel "established a great rapport with the students and with the faculty, and became known for his wit as well as his concern for the students and ability to think on his feet."

"We're looking forward to working with him and seeing even more of his talents put to use for medical student education here at Iowa."

Mandel said the quality of students and teaching at the UI impresses him and he looks forward to playing a bigger role in medical education.

"The energy and the resources devoted to education here are outstanding and second to none," Mandel said. "We have a great group of people interested in education at all levels, and students who are very involved."

Mandel said he shares the college's goals for medical education, which include training students to become skilled physicians and lifelong learners, helping students choose specialties and select appropriate residency training programs, and creating a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on professionalism.

"Knowledge is not a limited resource here," he said. "There's no reason every student can't become a terrific doctor."

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