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Sept. 10, 2004

Levy Named Medical Educator Of The Year By IAFP

Barcey Levy, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor of family medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, was named the 2004 Iowa Medical Educator of the Year. The presentation was made during the 2004 Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) annual CME Forum and Installation Banquet Aug. 19 in Des Moines.

Levy was selected for this honor by the Iowa chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for her contributions to the medical education of family physicians in Iowa. The IAFP encourages each Iowa family medicine residency to submit a nomination for the award, and nominees are submitted by students, practicing physicians and educators.

Levy received her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She received her medical degree and completed her residency in family medicine at the UI. Her research interests include women's health, osteoporosis prevention, preventive health care, colon cancer screening and medical education.

In addition to her clinical and research activities, Levy currently serves as associate director of predoctoral education in the Department of Family Medicine, assisting fellow faculty member Jill Endres, M.D., the program's director, with all aspects of the department's predoctoral education program. Levy was director of the program from 1994-2003. During this time, the UI Carver College of Medicine received three Bronze, three Silver and three Gold Achievement Awards from the AAFP for efforts resulting in a three-year average of at least 20 percent, 25 percent and 30 percent students, respectively, entering the specialty of family medicine. Only a handful of schools nationally receive this recognition.

Levy noted in her acceptance speech that although her Medical Educator of Year award is an individual honor, many people made it possible, among them the roughly 140 family physicians throughout Iowa who serve as preceptors for the program. She also lauded the efforts of the predoctoral education program staff she has worked with over the past several years, including Pam Hoogerwerf, Lois Albrecht and Mary Merchant.

The IAFP is a statewide professional association, founded in 1948, with more than 1,800 members. The organization is comprised of more than 90 percent of Iowa's doctors who specialize in family medicine, the medical specialty that is concerned with the total health care of the individual and family. Family physicians are trained in many areas of medicine, including pediatrics, geriatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and community medicine, which gives them the capability to treat more than 85 percent of all illnesses. The IAFP is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, headquartered in Leawood, Kan.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.