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May 26, 2006

Carver College of Medicine's Lantz, Bissell Garner AAMC Recognition

Two administrators in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine achieved recognition recently by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Central Region Group on Student Affairs (GSA). Both are members of the college's Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum.

Jean Lantz, (photo, left) the college's registrar and director of student programs and records, received the regional organization's Outstanding Service Award at its recent spring meeting in Philadelphia. The award, bestowed by her peers at other member institutions, recognizes Lantz's leadership, service and accomplishment in the field of medical student administration.

Lantz currently chairs the GSA's National Committee on Student Records, a body she helped establish in 1998. She previously held the Central Region group's serial leadership positions of vice chair, chair and past chair and has served on several ad hoc committees, edited the group's newsletter for several years and even coordinated silent auctions at regional meetings. In addition, Lantz has played key roles in initiatives at the national level, including creation of the "Handbook for Student Records Administrators" and of the "AAMC Guidelines for Maintaining Active and Permanent Individual Student Records."

Lantz has served the UI Carver College of Medicine in her present capacity since 1999 and as registrar since 1993. She has contributed to numerous programs both within and outside of her formal duties with the college.

Linda Bissell, (photo, right) director of student financial services for the UI Carver College of Medicine, has won election to the AAMC's Central Region Group on Student Affairs four-year progression of top leadership posts. Bissell began her term as vice chair following the group's recent spring meeting in Philadelphia; next year she will serve as chair-elect and in succeeding years as chair and immediate past chair.

As vice chair of the organization, Bissell will assist the chair-elect in planning and organizing next year's spring meeting.

Bissell has been a member of the organization since 1987. She served as an at-large member of the group's steering committee and most recently as central region representative to AAMC's National Committee on Student financial Assistance. She also has presented and served as a panelist on financial aid issues at numerous meetings and AAMC events. Bissell has directed financial services for UI medical students since 1993 and served as interim director of admissions for the college in 1998-99.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Derek Maurer