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Release: May 14, 2002

UI medical students honor physicians who teach

Two physicians have been honored for their teaching abilities by University of Iowa medical students who are members of the Alpha of Iowa Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), a national medical honor society. The awards were made at a ceremony held April 24 in Iowa City.

Douglas Workman, M.D., a family practice physician at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, was awarded the AOA 2002 Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award for helping educate and train UI medical students. Scott Vogelgesang, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, was recognized for his teaching and facilitating skills by being elected as the UI's 2002 AOA Faculty Initiate, which confers lifetime AOA membership.

Workman holds an undergraduate degree and a medical degree in family practice from the UI. He completed a residency in family practice at Mercy-St. Lukes Family Practice Residency Program in Davenport and currently serves as assistant program director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Broadlawns.

Vogelgesang earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a medical degree from the University of South Dakota. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to serving as an instructor and facilitator for many medical student courses, Vogelgesang is program director of the UI Internal Medicine Residency Program and program director of the UI Rheumatology Fellowship.

Geoff Norman, Ph.D., assistant dean of education research and professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistcs at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, was guest speaker at the UI awards ceremony. Norman is an expert on how medical students learn and other aspects of physician education and clinical reasoning.

Founded in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha promotes scholarship and research in medical schools and encourages a high standard of character and conduct among medical students and medical school graduates. In recognition of high attainment in medical science, practice and related fields, the society elects outstanding medical students, alumni and faculty members to its ranks. AOA has 105 chapters at medical schools throughout the United States and Canada. The UI chapter was established in 1920.


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