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Release: Jan. 18, 2002

UI Medical Student Wins Spot In Political Leadership Institute

Kenneth Staley, a third-year medical student at the Univesity of Iowa, is one of just 15 individuals nationwide chosen to participate in the American Medical Student Association's (AMSA) Paul Ambrose Political Leadership Institute, to be held Feb. 1-3 in Reston, Va. Staley is a graduate of West High School and the son of John and Sally Staley of Iowa City.

The leadership institute aims to teach medical students how to effect positive changes in the health care system by working through the political process. Students learn practical political skills such as issue analysis, lobbying, speechwriting and public speaking, and work in small groups with leaders in the field of health policy and activism. The institute is named for Paul Ambrose, former legislative affairs director for AMSA who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Staley, a 1996 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, is enrolled in a dual-degree program at the UI College of Medicine and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. At the conclusion of his studies in 2004, Staley will receive a medical doctorate from the UI and a master's in public policy from Harvard.

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