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University of Iowa News Release

July 1, 2004

Emergency Medicine Residents Begin Training At UI Hospitals And Clinics

The first class of physicians in Iowa's only residency training program in emergency medicine begin their studies today (July 1) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

"We are delighted to welcome the state's first group of emergency medicine residents to their primary training site. This is a critical step in improving emergency care for all the citizens of Iowa," said Eric Dickson, M.D., director of the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics and head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The residents will receive their training primarily in the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics. In addition, each resident will also complete rotations at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved the residency program. The new emergency medicine residency program received provisional approval for a three-year period.

The Emergency Treatment Center and the Trauma Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics serve more than 30,000 patients a year. The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons recently verified the Trauma Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Level I trauma center. St. Luke's treats about 52,500 emergency cases annually.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.