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May 20, 2008

Bybee, Gurney honored for humanism in medicine

An adjunct faculty member and a student from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine received 2008 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awards from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Jerald Bybee, M.D., an adjunct clinical assistant professor and a family physician in Maquoketa, Iowa, was selected as this year's faculty recipient of the award, and UI Carver College of Medicine fourth-year student Craig Gurney received the student award. They received the awards at the Gold Humanism Honor Society breakfast May 16.

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

Since 1998, the UI Carver College of Medicine has been one of a number of medical schools nationwide that participate in this program. Each school presents the award to one faculty member and one graduating student.

Bybee received a medical degree from the UI in 1978. He has garnered respect from UI medical students by his compassion, generosity and excellence in humanism and leadership. Several times each year he offers to host a third-year medical student for a one-month rotation at his clinic, which gives students the opportunity to work alongside him in a real-world clinical setting. Bybee even offers lodging for students at his home.

Nomination letters for the award from students cited Bybee as an excellent role model for patient care and education and stressed his dedication to patients and students.

Gurney was recognized for the respect and compassion he has demonstrated as a medical student. Nomination letters noted that Gurney's kindness and gentle demeanor enable him to develop a trusting relationship with patients, an attribute his fellow students admire. Gurney is co-president of Club Med, the college's internal medicine interest group. Also a member of the geriatric interest group, Gurney has spent time volunteering at the Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City.

A native of Orem, Utah, Gurney will begin a medical residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Stacie Carpenter