WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Nov. 20, 2001
UI program trains physicians in emergency medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One year after its formation, the University of Iowa
Program in Emergency Medicine is fulfilling its mission, focusing on clinical
and teaching aspects to better educate students, which will ultimately better
UI College of Medicine officials received approval from the Board of Regents,
State of Iowa in November 2000 for the establishment of an independent program
in emergency medicine. Officials said this program would best serve the educational
needs of medical students and medical residents if the faculty were part of
an independent program that provided a comprehensive curriculum in emergency
medicine. Emergency medicine faculty members had historically been part of
the UI Department of Surgery.
The program came about because of an increase in the number of patients
treated at the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics and
a heightened student interest in emergency medicine as a career. The program
trains not only students and residents who will be emergency medicine specialists,
but also those who will go into family medicine at small hospitals and clinics
in Iowa and other states. Family physicians typically see the majority of
emergency medical cases at these hospitals and clinics.
The program is offered as a one-month rotation. Students learn how to identify
an emergency case as well as how to stabilize a patient. Currently there is
no emergency medicine residency program at the UI, although one may be formed
in the future.
Despite an increased interest in emergency medicine, Iowa has a shortage
of trained emergency medicine physicians. Andrew Nugent, M.D., UI assistant
professor (clinical) and interim director of the program, said cost is one
"Iowa is a rural state. Many small local hospitals don't have enough
emergency-care cases and can't afford to keep an emergency medicine physician
on staff," Nugent said. "What this program does is help medical
students and residents who will go into family medicine to recognize and effectively
treat emergency cases."
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. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.