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Release: March 28, 2000
Three Iowa physicians honored by UI medical students as preceptors of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three community-based Iowa physicians have been recognized
for their contributions to medical education by University of Iowa College
of Medicine students.
Ronald Shirk, D.O., of Urbandale; Steven Shirts, M.D., of Des Moines; and
Milton Van Gundy, M.D., of Marshalltown were named "Preceptors of the
Year" for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Each year UI medical students give awards to UI College of Medicine faculty,
administrative staff and medical residents who provide outstanding teaching
and support to the students. The preceptors serve as mentors to third-year
UI medical students during the students' clinical clerkships. The clerkships
emphasize clinical skill development and give students the opportunity to
work closely with the physicians -- taking medical histories, seeing patients
(under the physician's supervision) and working with other health care professionals
in a community-based setting.
Shirk, a clinical lecturer in the UI department of family medicine, received
the Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year award. He graduated from the College
of Osteopathic Medicine and Science in Des Moines in 1973 and completed his
internship at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines in 1974. Shirk has practiced in
the Des Moines area ever since, at Urbandale Family Physicians. He is a member
of the Iowa Medical Society and the Polk County Medical Society. He is a staff
member at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, as well as Iowa Lutheran Hospital
and Mercy Medical Center, all in Des Moines.
Shirts, UI clinical assistant professor in the UI department of obstetrics
and gynecology, received the Off-Campus Preceptor of the Year award. Shirts
received his medical degree at the University of Washington in 1975. He received
medical residency experience in obstetrics and gynecology at R.E. Thomason
General Hospital in El Paso, Texas and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver,
Colo. Beginning in 1983, he was a physician on the obstetrics and gynecology
staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital in West Valley City, Utah for 13 years. Since
1996 he has served as director of the obstetrics and gynecology service at
Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. Shirts was named Broadlawns' Teacher
of the Year for 1997-98.
Van Gundy, a clinical lecturer in the UI department of family medicine,
received the Community-Based Primary Care Preceptor of the Year award. He
received his medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1973. He completed
his family practice residency in Cedar Rapids. Van Gundy is a past president
(1985) of the Iowa Academy of Family Practice as well as a member of the American
Academy of Family Practice and the Iowa Medical Society. He is a McFarland
Clinic emergency medicine physician serving Marshalltown Medical and Surgical
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