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The intent of this recognition award is to make it inclusive of the ideals that Dr. Theilen represented to all of us, which include:
The purpose of the award is to honor Dr. Theilen for the qualities noted above and to annually acknowledge and encourage a clinical faculty member who exhibits similar qualities. We hope the award may stimulate future physicians to emulate Dr. Theilen’s devotion to patient care, teaching and service.
The awardee shall be a faculty member who is an active clinician. The awardee shall not be a department chair or dean. The awardee shall be chosen by a clinical faculty committee (Theilen Award Committee) made up of one member each of the Departments of Medicine, OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Urology, and Nursing. Committee members will be designated by the respective department heads and will not include department heads. The committee will review nominations solicited from the entire clinical faculty. The nominations will be by letter recounting the nominee’s qualifications. At the time of nomination for the award, the nomination remains active for three annual cycles, that is for the initial year and two years following. Each year the nominator is asked if any updates are needed before the nominee is considered by the committee. After the three cycles, a new nomination is required and will remain active for three cycles, as before. The Urology representative shall chair the selection committee.
The Dean’s office will request the names of committee members from the respective departments each year. The Dean’s office will present the award to the recipient at the College of Medicine Faculty Awards Banquet.
The awardee will receive a plaque indicating the name of the award and the recipient’s name. The awardee’s name will also be listed on the Theilen Plaque in the Alumni Auditorium. The awardee will receive a check for $1,000 from the Award fund. The Dr. Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award fund will be maintained in the University of Iowa Foundation under the direction of the Dean of the College of Medicine. The Award Committee will review the amount of the award every three years. There will be no changes in the use of the funds or the intent of the award without the written concurrence of the departments represented in the Theilen Award Committee.
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