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Release: Jan. 8, 2003

UI Carver College of Medicine appoints Solow assistant dean of student affairs

The 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 of Business.

As assistant dean, Solow will continue to direct medical student admissions within the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC). She also oversees OSAC staff 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 Iowa.

"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 students to gain clinical experience in socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved areas.

"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 to work."

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