CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 13, 1999
UI College of Medicine students host Primary Care Week
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa medical, nursing
and physician assistant students, in conjunction with UI Health Care physicians
and staff, will put primary focus on Primary Care Week, Oct. 16 - 22.
In addition to offering health fairs for children
and adults at the Old Capitol Mall Oct. 16 - 17, "Celebrating Primary Care:
Health Professions and Community Partnerships" includes programs Oct. 18 -
22 on the UI campus. The celebration goal is to generate interest in primary
care among health sciences students. Other events will honor primary care
physicians and health professionals who contribute to UI medical or health
Primary care includes family medicine, pediatrics,
internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. As the name suggests, primary
care specialties are the first line of health care for individuals, said Deborah
Lindner, a second-year UI medical student from West Des Moines and one of
the event organizers.
Primary Care Week co-organizers are second-year UI
medical students Tracy Reittinger of Dyersville and Mark Williams of Seattle,
Wash. Lindner and Williams are student representatives to the American Association
of Medical Colleges, which promotes primary care awareness and education.
Reittinger is UI student representative to the American Medical Student Association
(ASMA), which is also providing support for the event.
The AMSA is leading a national effort encouraging
medical schools to devote an entire week to highlighting primary care activities,
Reittinger said. Previously, only one day was set aside to celebrate primary
The on-campus events aimed at students and professionals
Primary Care Panel of Health Care Professionals, 7
p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research
Building (EMRB). Six panelists will discuss opportunities available within
primary care and address misconceptions that might prevent students from entering
the field. Speakers include Charles Driscoll, M.D., a family practitioner
in Iowa City; Leslie Riley, M.D., an internist in Iowa City; Michelle Malloy,
a local pediatric nurse practitioner; and UI Health Care staff Peg Bouska,
physician assistant in family medicine; Sonya Erickson, M.D., associate in
obstetrics and gynecology; and Stacie Walton, M.D., M.P.H., visiting assistant
professor (clinical) of pediatrics.
Rural Family Medicine, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, Seebohm
Conference Room, 283 EMRB. James Cahill, M.D., a family practitioner from
Preston, will talk about his 40 years of experience practicing rural family
medicine. Roger Kilburg, a Preston businessman, will discuss the importance
of small-town physicians and what incentives small towns can offer physicians.
Community Services and Resources within Iowa City,
12:30 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 20, Auditorium I, Bowen Science Building. Local
organizations such as the Free Medical Clinic, Emma Goldman Foundation, Youth
Homes, Inc., ARC of Johnson County, and Bethany Christian Services will discuss
their services and interaction with UI Health Care.
Celebrating Primary Care Dinner: "The Interactions
of a Primary Care Physician," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, Seventh Floor
Dining Room, Roy Carver Pavilion. Robert Anderson, M.D., vice president of
the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will discuss how primary
care generalist physicians interact with subspecialists, community organizations,
nurses, physician assistants and others. Anderson is a pediatrician in Bettendorf.
Geriatrics and Research in Primary Care, 12:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Oct. 21, Auditorium I, Bowen Science Building. Margo Schilling,
M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of internal medicine, will discuss
the importance of primary care research and her experience with geriatric
medicine, which is her specialty.
Managed Care: "What Students and Doctors Need to Know,"
12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, Auditorium I, Bowen Science Building. Richard
LeBlond, M.D., UI professor (clinical) of internal medicine and director of
the American Board of Family Practice, will discuss what students and doctors
need to know about health management organizations and their impact on health
For more information about Primary Care Week events,
call Lindner at 358-1148 or Reittinger at 341-3406.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: This news release references
health fairs for children and adults to be held Oct. 16 - 17 at the Old Capitol
Mall in Iowa City. Please see UI Health News release dated Oct. 13, 1999,
for more information about these public events.)
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