CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 23, 1999
UI faculty to participate in family medicine conference
IOWA CITY, Iowa Some 10 University of Iowa
faculty members will travel to Moscow Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 to participate in
a conference entitled "Family Medicine in Russia and the U.S.: Perspectives
on the 21st Century."
The conference will be at the Medicina Clinic in Moscow
and is sponsored by The UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian
Studies (CREEES) with participation from the UI department of family medicine,
the College of Medicine and UI International Programs.
"This conference is a unique opportunity to further
internationalize the scope of the University of Iowa's expertise in international
health care," says Richard Dobyns, M.D., who is coordinating the conference
along with Dr. Sergey Gatsura of Moscow.
Dobyns, associate professor of family medicine, and
Cynda Johnson, M.D., new head of the department of family medicine as of Oct.
1, will both present lectures at the conference.
Other conference presenters include: Steven Clark,
DDS, professor of dentistry; Vicki Hesli, associate professor of political
science; Patrick Lloyd, DDS, associate professor of dentistry; Margaret Mills,
associate professor of Russian; David Rosenthal, associate professor of family
medicine; and David Skorton, M.D., UI Vice President for Research. Conference
participants include William Reisinger, professor of political science, and
Elizabeth Swanson, associate dean of International Programs and professor
of nursing. There will also be a team of presenters from Russia.
Topics to be presented at the conference include:
"The Health Care System in Russia: a View from the People;" "Family Medicine
Training: The American Experience;" "Family Medicine Training: The Russian
Experience;" "Doctor-Patient Communication: Intercultural Concerns;" "Endometrial
Aspiration: A Valuable Office Procedure;" "Model for Teaching Comprehensive
Dental Care at the University of Iowa;" "Contemporary Issues in Periodontal;"
"Organizing the Family Medicine Office;" "Cardiac Imaging, State-of-the-Art"
and "Applications in Clinical Medicine."
This is the sixth year of collaborative efforts to
train UI faculty and residents in international medicine focusing on Russia.
The leaders of the initiative are Steven Hoch, CREEES director and professor
of history, and Gerald Jogerst, current interim head of the department of
"This is the next step in an ongoing relationship
between the University of Iowa department of family medicine, CREEES and our
Russian partners," Dobyns says. "This will give Americans
and Russians an increased awareness of international training
and practices and an opportunity to consider and contrast the cultural context
in which we practice medicine in the U.S. and Russia."
Other benefits of the conference include providing
an opportunity to observe and discuss Russian Family Medicine in its natural
setting and providing an opportunity to form new relationships for future
Dobyns adds that the staff of the department of family
medicine has worked for several years on the strengthening of Russian/American
relationships as a future way to meet the increased demand by medical students
to participate in the international health care arena.
"Our philosophy of 'Training the Trainer' through
providing faculty with first-hand experiences allows us to substantiate the
use of limited funding to reach a multitude of learners," Dobyns says. "This
cost efficient approach allows us to collect information to later be incorporated
into course offerings to University of Iowa students."
Currently, the College of Medicine has no formal course
offerings in international health care. There is a course for post-graduate
students within the College of Public Health as well as an evening lecture
series put on by the Global Health Certificate Program, a program housed in
The interest in Russian health care on the Health
Science campuses at the UI has developed and grown in recent years. The College
of Medicine and the department of family medicine have managed two successive
grants, the first through USAID, and the second as part of the CREEES National
Resource Center (NRC) grant with the Department of Education. In June and
July 1999, one Russian physician and one Russian nurse observed the UI Family
Medicine Program as a direct result of those projects. There is growing interest
among other health care professionals and scholars whose interests include
societal attitudes towards health care, health care delivery services and
accessibility in the Russian Federation.
Upon their return to UI, the faculty members who attended
the conference will serve as instructors for future courses and will be charged
with encouraging and supporting other UI colleagues to develop complementary,
cross-disciplinary approaches to their own curriculum to improve and enhance
UI's student offerings in the area of health care in Russia, Dobyns says.
This use of a multidisciplinary team will serve as
a prototype for eventual curricular innovation and the creation of collaborative
courses emphasizing international health care, he adds.
For more information on the conference or to set up
an interview with one of the participants, contact Robin Paetzold, coordinator
of International Program Development, department of family medicine, at 384-7802.
Margaret Mills, a UI associate professor of Russian, 335-2848, can speak about
the current state of affairs in Russia.