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May 26, 2005

UI Physician, Student Honored For Humanism In Medicine

A faculty member and a recent graduate from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine were awarded the 2005 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Bradley J. Hindman, M.D., UI professor of anesthesia, was selected as this year's faculty recipient of the award, and recent UI Carver College of Medicine graduate Marie Moeller, M.D., received the student award. Both were honored and received $1,000 awards at the college's Gold Humanism Honor Society breakfast May 13.

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award was established to recognize and honor faculty members and students who demonstrate the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in their interactions with patients. This award is funded by the Gold Foundation to promote the compassionate and humanistic care of patients as a key component of medical education.

The UI Carver College of Medicine has participated in this program since 1998 and is one of a growing number of medical schools taking part in this program. Each school presents the award to one faculty member and one graduating student. 

Hindman has been a member of the UI faculty since 1988. His research focuses on perioperative central nervous system injury. He also is involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows and nurse anesthetist students. Hindman is known for his commitment to teaching, and he has been nominated as Teacher of the Year by the anesthesia residents and student nurse anesthetists nine times, winning the award three times. He also is highly regarded for his devotion to his patients and patient care, making him an outstanding role model to medical students, residents and fellow faculty.

A graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, Hindman completed an internship in medicine at the Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore., and a residency and advanced clinical anesthesia (cardiac and vascular) fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital-Harvard Medical School. He was a member of the faculty there from 1986 to 1988 before coming to the UI. 

Moeller, the student recipient of the award, was an active member of her medical school class. She was involved in establishing and participating in mentoring groups for her fellow medical students, and she organized several family practice procedure nights at the college. She also coordinated student registration for the American Academy of Family Practice National Conference for medical students and residents. Moeller played a key role in the establishment of the Mobile Clinic, the UI student-run traveling health clinic for medically underserved people in Johnson and surrounding counties.

She received praise from faculty members for her clinical skills, her work ethic and her compassion for patients. She is the first graduate of the new medically underserved service track program of the UI Department of Family Medicine. Moeller will begin her medical residency training in family medicine at Siouxland Medical Educational Foundation in Sioux City, Iowa.

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