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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.