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Nov. 13, 2006

Pediatric Patients To Help Educate Medical Students

First-year medical students will receive some important lessons from people with first-hand knowledge of health care - patients who received care at Children's Hospital of Iowa within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Several teenagers with personal experience with pediatric health care will lecture at the UI Roy and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Nov. 15 as members of the Children's Hospital of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The annual presentation is one of the most popular in the "Foundations of Clinical Practice" course for first-year medical students each fall semester.

Presenters are teenagers receiving health care services at Children's Hospital of Iowa. Course instructors say these patients know best the knowledge, skills and abilities that are important attributes of future physicians. By sharing their personal stories and observations, the young people provide valuable insight into the lives of children and their families as they navigate their health care experience.

Kathy Whiteside, YAC co-founder, said, "We continue to learn from our Youth Advisory Council members how best we can improve the care we give to kids. The medical students say this is one of the most informative and powerful lectures they hear. The eager exchange of perspectives during this presentation makes it clear that the medical students value the opinions of these young people."

The YAC members will present their lecture at 10:30 a.m. in Auditorium 3 of Bowen Science Building. For additional information regarding Children's Hospital of Iowa's Youth Advisory Council, please contact Tami Barrett, coordinator of family-centered care, at 319-353-7870 or

Each year, Children's Hospital of Iowa records more than 100,000 clinic visits and some 7,000 inpatient admissions. In addition, numerous pediatric outreach and satellite clinics provide primary and specialty care for children in communities throughout Iowa. A 175-bed "hospital within a hospital," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, UI Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, IA  52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Program: Tami Barrett, 319-353-7870,