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Release: April 6, 1999

College of Medicine earns award for number of family practice graduates

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine has earned a Silver Achievement Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in Seattle April 30.

The award honors the college's efforts in producing graduates who enter the specialty of family practice. For the years 1996, 1997 and 1998, the college has a three-year average of 28.8 percent of medical students choosing to enter an accredited family practice residency program upon graduation.

Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine, was very pleased with the announcement and its ramifications. "We accept this award with great pride. This is wonderful recognition for our students, the department of family medicine, the Statewide Family Practice Training Program, and the commitment the college has made to meet the health care needs of Iowans," he said.

Achievement awards are given to programs with three-year averages higher than 20 percent. Each year the award is based on the preceding three-year average. This prevents schools from being recognized if they have one very good year but do not have a consistent record of producing graduates interested in family practice. Gold awards are given for an average higher than 30 percent, silver from 25-29.9 percent, and bronze from 20-24.9 percent.

Barcey T. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., UI assistant professor of family medicine, will be present at the ceremony to accept the award. She is the director of predoctoral education for the department of family medicine.

"The UI and the College of Medicine are very grateful for the excellent teaching provided by family physician preceptors across Iowa who help teach both the required family medicine preceptorship and the primary care clerkship to third-year medical students. Their support and enthusiasm make this recognition possible," Levy said.