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Release: March 13, 2002

Kienzle elected to Association of American Medical Colleges post

A University of Iowa Health Care physician was recently elected to an important post in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Michael G. Kienzle, M.D., is chief technology officer and an associate director of UI Hospitals and Clinics, and an associate dean for clinical affairs and biomedical communications in the UI College of Medicine. He also will serve as the incoming chair of the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR). Kienzle will assume his new duties at the 2002 GIR meeting in Pasadena, Calif. March 15-18.

Kienzle also has served as the principal investigator for a $13.5 million National Library of Medicine research project supporting the National Laboratory for the Study of Rural Telemedicine.

Kienzle graduated from the UI in 1973 and from the UI College of Medicine in 1977. Kienzle served an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and also completed fellowships there in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, finishing in 1984.

Kienzle's goals as GIR chair include enhancing the knowledge and experience of GIR members, and providing a network of peers with shared interests and responsibilities that will help GIR members become more effective leaders.

"I want GIR members to have more opportunities to learn about emerging trends in technology, business and society," Kienzle said. "Our members should also have a voice in helping set information policy and related areas to, and through, the AAMC."

The purpose of GIR is to provide a forum for individuals in relevant roles of leadership and responsibility to promote excellence in the application and integration of information resources in academic medicine. GIR fosters the development and continued improvement of information resources in AAMC member institutions, the professional development of leaders of information resources in medical schools and teaching hospitals, and policy development and research efforts.

The AAMC is a non-profit association found in 1876. It now comprises 125 accredited U.S. medical schools, 16 accredited Canadian medical schools and 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems. The AAMC's purpose is the improvement of the nation's health through the advancement of medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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