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April 3, 2007

Writing and Art of Medicine Conference Offered April 24-25

Physicians, health sciences students and professionals, poets and writers, and the general public are invited to register for "The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine," a two-day conference that will be held April 24-25 at the University of Iowa.

In addition, individuals may sign up by April 17 to attend several single events (listed below).

The UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, the college's Writing Program, and the University of Iowa Press are hosting the event.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by Ethan Canin, M.D., M.F.A; Maggie Conroy, M.F.A.; Rachel Hadas, Ph.D.; and David Watts, M.D. Session presentations and readings by more than 40 presenters from New Mexico to Maine will cover topics such as creative writing in medical education and writing throughout one's career; the role of creative writing in patient care; and skill-building for writing, editing and publishing creative work.

Complete program and registration information is available online at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/osac/examinedlife/index.htm.

Registered participants may attend all keynotes and sessions. The registration fee includes all meals and the April 24 evening reception.

Individuals who wish to attend any of the single events listed below are requested to RSVP to Margaret LeMay-Lewis at 319-335-8051 or margaret-lemay-lewis@uiowa.edu by Tuesday, April 17.

Individual events that may be attended separately are:

-- Maggie Conroy keynote presentation, "Sailing into Iowa: A Dramatic Reading," 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the atrium of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI health sciences campus. Free. Lunch will be available for purchase at the door.

-- Rachel Hadas keynote reading, "Notes from the Kingdom of Illness," and reception. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Tickets $10, available at the door.

-- Ethan Canin keynote presentation, "Oxidation of Squalene by Squalene Epoxidase to Form 2,3-Oxidosqualene, or, How I Left Medicine for Writing," 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the atrium of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI health sciences campus. Free. Lunch will be available for purchase at the door.

"The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine" is generously co-sponsored by Iowa State Bank & Trust, Payette, the UI Carver College of Medicine, and UI Hospitals and Clinics.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660, becky-soglin@uiowa.edu.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Margaret LeMay-Lewis, 319-335-8051, margaret-lemay-lewis@uiowa.edu.