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Release: Jan. 3, 2001

UI College of Medicine, Hospital School to host events in honor of Martin L. King, Jr.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine, in collaboration with University Hospital School, will sponsor several events as part of the University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week 2001. All events are open to the public and will be Tuesday,
Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan. 19 as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 16

12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Presentation: "The Impact of Biases and Assumptions on Health Care" by Stacie Walton, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of pediatrics. Peterson Conference Room, E140, General Hospital.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Panel discussion: "My Disability Isn't Me." Three persons with disabilities will discuss their experiences in the health care system and give their perspectives on specific communication skills health care practitioners need when working with special-needs patients. Rembolt Conference Room, First Floor, Hospital School.

4:30 - 6 p.m., Film: "How Difficult Can This Be?" This film on learning disabilities will be followed by a discussion. Rembolt Conference Room, First Floor, Hospital School. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Presentation: "Out on a Limb: Experiences from the Rural Health Care Initiative in Lone Tree" by David Bedell, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of family medicine. Located in the atrium of the Eckstein Medical Research Building.

4:30 - 6 p.m., Film: "Equal Partners: African-American Fathers and Systems of Health Care," followed by discussion. Rembolt Conference Room, First Floor, Hospital School. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Thursday, Jan. 18

12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Experiential Workshop: "Demonstration of Medical Interviewing Techniques When an Interpreter is Used," facilitated by Juan Ruiz, medical assistant in pediatrics. Located in the atrium of the Eckstein Medical Research Building. Cookies and beverage provided.

Friday, Jan. 19

12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Physician panel: "Journeys through Diversity," with Keith Carter, M.D., UI associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences; Chris Okiishi, M.D., second-year resident in psychiatry; and Jean Jew, M.D., UI professor of anatomy and cell biology. Peterson Conference Room, E140 General Hospital. Cookies and beverage provided.

For more information about Martin Luther King, Jr. events sponsored by College of Medicine and University Hospital School, contact Barbara Barlow, program associate, at
(319) 335-8057.

Other UI colleges and offices will also sponsor activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week. For more information online, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~mlk.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the Office of Student Life in advance at (319) 335-3059.

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.