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2012 Chapter Excellence Award

2012 Chapter Excellence Award

Janet A. Schlechte, MD, MACP

Janet A. Schlechte, MD could well be the model from which the ACP Excellence Award was created. Devoted to internal medicine and to the core values for which the ACP advocates, Dr. Schlechte's career embraces the highest academic standards, an unfailing loyalty to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and heartfelt service to her colleagues at the University and around the state and to the citizens of Iowa.

Although a Nebraskan by birth and medical degree, Dr. Schlechte is professionally a native of Iowa and the University of Iowa, arriving in Iowa City in 1975 for residency training in internal medicine. Except for a brief sojourn at the NIH, she has been here ever since. Following residency she completed a fellowship in endocrinology and joined the UI faculty as an assistant professor in 1981. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and to Professor in 1993.

Dr. Schlechte has been active in all levels of the American College of Physicians in Iowa and nationally. Before being elected Governor in 1991 she was vice president and a member of the Council. She served on the ACP Postgraduate Education Committee and participated in ACP Board Review Courses. As Governor of the Iowa Chapter she was instrumental in increasing activities for Associates and developed the Clinical Vignette Competitions, which remain active and popular. In 1998 she became a Master and remains involved in chapter committees and activities.

In 2002, Dr. Schlechte received the Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award. This is regarded as the highest UI College of Medicine award for medical faculty, and is given to those few who have proven themselves to be exceptionally dedicated physicians, unselfish advocates of the College and University, and accomplished, effective mentors. Without hesitation or interruption, Dr. Schlechte has championed these values for over three decades, serving as director of the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Training Program for 16 years (and 400 residents), and as a sought-after clinician providing care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In recent years Dr. Schlechte played a critical role in developing, refining, and overseeing patient admission triage to the UI Hospitals medical service. What this meant in a very real and practical way was that for several years she was on continuous call to help resident and fellow physicians, as well as faculty colleagues and referring physicians. Her personal stamina and commitment to patient care is legendary.

Dr. Schlechte was involved in the implementation and activities of the University of Iowa Women's Health Initiative and for 14 years directed the UI General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), creating a fertile environment in which to advance clinical research. She has carried the University of Iowa banner and good reputation well beyond the institution, serving as president of the national GCRC Program Directors' Association. In l996 she was elected to the Association of American Physicians and in 2010 received the Distinguished Service and Distinguished Educator Awards from the Endocrine Society. She is currently Medical Director for the Continuum of Care Management Department for University Hospitals, and Interim Division Director for the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Throughout her career, Dr. Schlechte has been a productive investigator with over 70 scholarly publications. As a clinical investigator Dr. Schlechte is best known for her work related to prolactinomas and the relationship between hyperprolactinemia and bone loss. Yet, amid the demands of her clinical responsibilities, research work, and administrative duties, she has mentored countless students, residents, fellows and colleagues and, with nearly 300 invited lectures (local, regional, national and international) - she has become the State's acknowledged expert on osteoporosis and bone disease.

Janet is regarded with affection and true admiration by her colleagues, students and patients. Unselfish, unassuming, she is a remarkable individual who has by example elevated our core values of community, integrity, learning, quality, responsibility, and service to a personal calling - a model truly worthy of this award.