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Release: Jan. 8, 2003
UI Carver College of Medicine appoints Solow assistant
dean of student affairs
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has appointed Catherine Solow
as assistant dean of student affairs and curriculum, effective
Jan. 1. Solow has served as director of admissions for the college since 1999
and previously worked in the UI's Office of Admissions and the Tippie College
As assistant dean, Solow will continue to direct medical student admissions
within the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC). She also oversees
development programs, coordinates the Community Health Outreach elective for
first- and second-year medical students, and provides administrative supervision
of the college's global exchange program. Other initiatives Solow has been involved
in recently include identifying off-campus sites where third- and fourth-year
medical students can gain cross-cultural clinical experience, and applying for
funding to support outreach to junior high and high school science students in
"Cathy Solow is a tremendous, energetic and effective student advocate," said
Allyn L. Mark, interim executive dean of medicine. "We are fortunate that
she has accepted the position as assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum."
As one of three assistant deans for student affairs, Solow will work directly
with Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum Kimberly Ephgrave, M.D.
Ephgrave said Solow brings a strong record of achievement and commitment to
her new position.
"In more than three years as director of admissions, Cathy Solow has strengthened
our medical school admissions processes considerably," Ephgrave said. "We
now have a state-of-the-art Web site and a totally electronic, user-friendly
process that allows admissions committee members to sign in and work no matter
where they are in the world. She has also acquired responsibilities and taken
leadership beyond admissions.
"She is such a high energy, dynamic and dedicated person, and I'm thrilled
she has accepted this new assignment with the college."
Solow said she enjoys being involved with students in all stages of their
medical education. "There's often a sense that admissions stops at the front door," she
said, "but I am very interested in ongoing involvement with students and
their development as physicians."
Solow is recognized campus-wide and among her peers at other universities
for her work to promote diversity and cultural competence among medical
students. She said she looks forward to helping create opportunities for
gain clinical experience in socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically
"A lot of what we do in the admissions process is to choose a diverse entering
class," Solow said. "We recognize that contact with a diverse population,
both patients and fellow professionals, is important to students' education."
Solow said she is excited by this new challenge and continuing involvement
with the Carver College of Medicine. "The college is committed to providing an
outstanding medical education, the students are stellar and OSAC is a terrific
team of professionals," she said. "I can't think of a better place
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