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Release: Nov. 28, 2000
Howell receives distinguished service membership award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- R. Edward Howell, CEO and director of University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics, recently received a distinguished service membership
award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council
of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH).
"Given Mr. Howell's outstanding contributions to academic medicine,
as well as his dedication and service to AAMC and COTH, this is a richly deserved
honor," said Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., president of the AAMC.
"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition," said Howell.
"I believe in the importance of the role of both organizations in the
education of future physicians, the process of conducting groundbreaking medical
research and in providing high-quality health care to patients."
Howell became a member of the AAMC in 1989. He served as chair of COTH from
1994-1995, and as a member of the AAMC's Medicare special action committee
in 1999 and its nominating committee in 1996. Howell's predecessor as director
and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics, John W. Colloton, received a distinguished
service membership award in 1991.
AAMC distinguished service members are persons who have been actively involved
in the affairs of the association as chair of one of its councils or a member
of one of its administrative boards and who have made significant contributions
to committees or task forces of the association. Howell received one of the
two distinguished service memberships that were conferred this year. Individuals
are selected for AAMC distinguished service membership by the AAMC's executive
council, and awards are presented at the association's annual meeting. Only
82 people currently hold distinguished service memberships in the AAMC.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a non-profit association
founded in 1876 to work for reform in medical education. The AAMC now comprises
the 125 accredited U.S. medical schools, the 16 accredited Canadian medical
schools, 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, 91 academic and
professional societies representing nearly 100,000 faculty members, and the
nation's medical students and residents. The 400 COTH member institutions
train about three-quarters of the medical residents in the United States.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.