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May 13, 2003

UI Medical Student, Physician Receive Humanism Awards

A faculty member and a graduating student in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine have been honored for their dedication to patients and the medical community. David Bedell, M.D., UI assistant professor of family medicine and director of the Lone Tree Family Practice Clinic, received the college's Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award. Lara Wittine, a fourth-year medical student from Dubuque, received the Student Humanism in Medicine Award.

The UI Carver College of Medicine began making the awards in 1998. Most medical schools in the United States participate in the award program, which is supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Each school presents two $1,000 awards, one to a faculty member and one to a graduating senior who are "humanistic role models" and demonstrate the highest standards of compassion and sensitivity in interacting with patients and their colleagues. Bedell and Wittine will be honored at the college's commencement ceremonies on May 16.

Bedell has been a UI faculty member since 1994 and director of the Lone Tree Family Practice Clinic since 1995. Because the clinic serves many Spanish-speaking patients, Bedell, the clinic's two physician assistants, and receptionist all speak Spanish. Bedell also makes home visits to the clinic's elderly and hospice clients. In addition, he teaches and supervises family medicine residents, medical students and nurse practitioner students. Before coming to the UI, Bedell served for eight years as a volunteer physician in El Salvador. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed residency training in family medicine at Providence Hospital in Seattle. Bedell also completed a diploma course in tropical medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in England and a fellowship in family medicine at the UI.

Wittine, an alumna of Luther College, will begin a residency in June in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Wittine has instructed first-year medical students in physician exam skills and has been a tutor since her second year to help other medical students master essential information in the areas of anatomy, neuroscience, pathology, EKG and foundations of clinical practice. In addition, she served on research and curriculum planning committees. She also has visited area schools to teach children about health and health careers. Wittine is current president of the Iowa Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: Photos of Bedell are available for downloading at and An electronic photo of Wittine is available by sending an e-mail request to