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Alumni Interview

Lawrence Schaeferle, M.D.



Please highlight your major career achievements, awards, discoveries, etc.

Being able to take time and travel throughout the world and visit army hospitals and medical institutions in most of the European countries including the Mediterranean area, and North and Central Africa.

Is there a teacher, mentor or UI Carver College of Medicine faculty member who has helped shape your education?

Dr. MacEwen (12MD, 15MS), head of the anatomy department, was a big influence on me, and also one of my favorite memories of medical school.  Just before Thanksgiving our first year of school he called me into his office and advised me to drop out of medical school and save my parents some money.  I was more afraid of disappointing my father than afraid of the professor.  For our final oral exam in Anatomy we could choose our professor, and I chose MacEwen in a make or break situation.  The first question he asked me was on a bone that I had not studied or seen, and he asked me what it was.  My answer was, “I don’t know!”.  With a smile, tossed out another bone and said, “Maybe you can tell from this one.”  Printed on the side was “promontory”, which I answered.  He smiled and said, “That’s right.” And gave me a B in the course for the semester.

What kind of professional opportunities or advantages has your University of Iowa medical training provided?

The University of Iowa provided me with an excellent education.

What are some of your outside interests?

Reading, swimming, traveling and music.   I’m also involved in community service through the Commercial Club, on the school board and also by serving as library president.

What one piece of advice would you give to today's medical students?

When in practice and making rounds in the hospital, please act and dress appropriately as a physician, not to be mistaken as a janitor.


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