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Release: April 6, 1999
College of Medicine earns award for number of family
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,"
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.