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Beloved OB/GYN Teacher Honored With Endowed Chair
Published June 2004
Clarence McLain, MD, who emphasized both the art and science of
medicine in his pioneering role in OB/GYN education, is to be honored
with an endowed chair in his name.
Over $1 million has already been contributed to the new Clarence R.
McLain Chair in OB/GYN for Medical Student Education, including a
significant pledge from Dr. McLain himself.
Dr. McLain joined UC College of Medicine in 1967 as an assistant
professor and director of Medical Student Education in the Department
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which qualifies him as the longest
serving OB/GYN clerkship director in the nation. Appreciative students
have nominated Dr. McLain for three College of Medicine Gold Apple
Awards, for the best instructor during the clinical years, and six
Silver Apples, as one of the top three instructors. His many other
honors include the College of Medicine's highest award, the Daniel
Drake Award for Distinguished Service, a Lifetime Achievement Award,
UC's first-ever President of the University Quality Service Award and a
Distinguished Teaching professorship.
As a physician, Dr. McLain specializes in diabetes in pregnancy,
infertility and severe Rh isoimmunization. He has received national
recognition for his pioneering research in amniography, a method for
obstetrical diagnosis, and for the study of fetal physiology and fetal
response to distress.
Equally important, Dr. McLain is renowned for his commitment to
ensuring that students enter medicine not only with the requisite
medical knowledge and skills, but also with the appropriate compassion.
He has shared his insights with students both at the college and in his
office with his private patients. He was also influential in extending
the third-year clerkship, a period of preceptored practical experience,
from six to eight weeks so he could better teach practice in the
Bestowing the Drake award, then College of Medicine Dean John Hutton,
MD, observed, "We believe your dedication to teaching and the care of
patients is exemplary and something every student, resident and
physician should emulate. You are simply a wonderful role model, and we
have been blessed to have you for so many years."
For more information or to contribute to the Clarence R. McLain Chair
in OB/GYN for Medical Student Education endowment, call Mike Zenz at