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Release: Oct. 22, 1999

McGowan of Sioux City receives award from Iowa Academy of Family Physicians

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gerald J. McGowan, M.D., University of Iowa clinical associate professor of family medicine and medical director of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, has been named the 1999 Medical Educator of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP).

A 1963 graduate of the UI College of Medicine, McGowan completed his medical residency at Maricopa County General Hospital in Phoenix in 1965. He returned to Iowa in 1965 and began his practice in Sioux City. He has served as medical director of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation since its inception in 1975.

"I was surprised by the recognition from the academy," McGowan said. "Actually, the best reward for what I do is the satisfaction that comes from teaching tomorrow’s practitioners."

The Siouxland Medical Education Foundation is a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of medical, hospital and community representatives. The foundation provides patient care and health sciences education at its Sioux City Family Practice Center.

The center, a new 34,000-square-foot patient care and educational facility, opened in September 1998. It is home to one of eight UI-affiliated family practice residency training sites in the state.

Medical school graduates who complete the three-year residency typically become certified as family practice specialists. Over the past 23 years, the Sioux City residency has trained 115 physicians. Many of these physicians practice in Sioux City or the surrounding area.

In addition to training family practice residents, the Sioux City Family Practice Center hosts UI medical students in various stages of their education. First-year medical students can receive their MECO (Medical Education/Community Orientation) experience there, while third-year students may participate in family practice preceptorships and community-based primary care clerkships. Fourth-year medical students also can complete family practice electives and emergency medicine courses in Sioux City. UI physician assistant and pharmacy students train at the center, as well.

"Dr. McGowan has been the anchor for our medical education programming in northwest Iowa for nearly 25 years," said Roger Tracy, assistant dean and director of the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs in the UI College of Medicine. "His involvement in the affairs of his own medical community make him an effective medical education leader for the region."

McGowan received the IAFP award at a banquet held during the academy’s 51st annual meeting Oct. 21 in Des Moines.