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University of Iowa News Release

April 23, 2004

UI Medical Student Receives National Leadership Award

Shane Hopkins of Iowa City, Iowa, a second-year medical student in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has received the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation's "Excellence in Medicine" Leadership Award.

This award recognizes national leaders that the AMA believes are destined to make a strong impact on the future of medicine. Each year 20 students, 20 residents and fellows and 15 young physicians from around the country receive the awards.

"These are some of the nation's best and brightest young medical leaders," said Duane Cady, M.D., president of the AMA Foundation and an AMA trustee. The award is made possible by a grant from the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.

Award winners have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in non-clinical and community service activities. As part of the award, the recipients participated in a special leadership training program designed to address their needs as future leaders during an AMA advocacy conference in Washington, D.C.

Hopkins is currently conducting research on health literacy in clinical trial enrollment as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow. He also is developing a computer program to help educate low literacy patients in a student-run free health clinic. Hopkins is active in the AMA Medical Student Section as chair of the computers and technology committee, co-president of the UI chapter and regional delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.

The AMA Foundation supports programs in a broad range of health-related areas. For more information, visit its web site at or call 312-464-4218.

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,; Writer: Tiffany Bronk

NOTE TO EDITORS: This release was adapted from a release sent by the AMA Foundation.