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July 23, 2007

Leonard Honored For Community-Based Medical Education Efforts

Susan Leonard, residency coordinator of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, has been named the first recipient of the Community-Based Coordinator Award from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The award is designed to honor an individual who exhibits dedication and service in support of UI community-based medical education programs. Awardees are selected for their excellent organizational skills, timely and effective communications with university staff, and constructive support of students and residents.

Leonard was honored at a reception on Monday, July 16 at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Leonard, who holds a bachelor's degree in home economics and English from Oregon State University, performs coordinating functions for the UI-affiliated family medicine residency program at Siouxland. She also organizes educational activities for its students.

Roger Tracy, assistant dean of the college and director of its Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs, announced the award.

"To the college she is the voice of the program she represents, a hostess for the weary traveler, the friend to the homesick student," Tracy said. "Housing, meals, curriculum, preceptor assignments, travel arrangements, licensure, communications, conferences, interview schedules, moral support and professional colleagueship are but a few of the matters which fill her days. Everyone who has had the pleasure to work with her will agree that she is an exemplary awardee for this honor."

The Siouxland Medical Education Foundation is one of six UI regional medical education centers located in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo. They are part of Iowa's Statewide Medical Education System, coordinated by the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs. Established in 1974, the system provides community-based clinical education for UI medical, pharmacy and physician assistant students as well as specialty training for resident physicians.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Brandy Huseman