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Release: April 4, 2000

Pomrehn honored for leadership in preventive medicine

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Paul Pomrehn, M.D., professor and interim head of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, has been selected to receive a national award for his contributions to preventive medicine education.

Pomrehn received a Special Recognition Award from the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) last week at the organization's annual awards ceremony in Atlanta, Ga. The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals, agencies or organizations that have provided outstanding service to ATPM, its members or to the field of preventive medicine.

"I am delighted that Paul's many years of strong leadership in the field of preventive medicine have been recognized in this national award from ATPM," noted James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the UI College of Public Health. "Paul has excelled as a teacher of preventive medicine and public health in both the UI College of Public Health and the UI College of Medicine and has made a very significant contribution to improved education and training of health professionals nationally."

Pomrehn chairs the college's master of public health (M.P.H.) task force, which designed and implemented the current M.P.H. program. During his tenure as associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI College of Medicine, a curriculum review was undertaken that is now the basis for the design and implementation of the current medical student curriculum.

Pomrehn also headed an ATPM/HRSA task force on teaching prevention in medical education and led the effort for the creation of the July 2000 journal supplement to Academic Medicine. He is a past ATPM board member and has chaired many ATPM committees.

ATPM is a national professional association dedicated to advancing individual and community health promotion and disease prevention in the education of physicians and other health professionals.

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