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Phil Ahrens Education Fund

Raised toward our $40,000 Goal
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Project ended on January 31, at 11:55 PM CST
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Phil Ahrens Education Fund

Our Goal

We in the Department of Urology hope through the Phil Ahrens’ Education Fund to raise $40,000 to provide our surgical staff with the opportunity to attend educational conferences for years to come.  This will enable them to advance their knowledge of urologic surgery and refine/hone operating room skills to better prepare them to educate and mentor the next generation of urology faculty, residents or staff.  


About this Fund

Phil Aherns was a beloved and skilled surgical technician in the University of Iowa Department of Urology since 1984. Phil passed away suddenly on September 16. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa and an avid Hawkeye fan. Motivated, astute, and a dedicated employee, Phil’s years of service, technical expertise, urologic knowledge, and calm and supportive demeanor to those he mentored will be greatly missed.


In 2017, Phil was awarded the Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice Award from the University of Iowa’s Graduate Medical Education division.  This award recognizes non-physician health care team members for their outstanding performance in interprofessional education and practice that helps the next generation of physicians.  With your support, Phil Ahren’s dedication to and expertise in his profession will become a tradition.


This fund is being established as a non-endowed account. If it reaches $100,000 it will be converted to an endowed account.


NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.

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The Phil Ahrens Educational Fund would not be possible without the generosity of philanthropic partners like you. Your very generous gift of $200 will enable our surgical and nursing staff to further their knowledge of urologic surgery through continuing medical education opportunities. Thank you!



During his tenure at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, his wealth of knowledge of urologic instrumentation, their operation, patient positioning and troubleshooting were invaluable. He always took the time to teach about different equipment and resources in the operating room.



In 1984, Phil began his career in the Department of Urology as a Surgical Technologist. He devoted 35 years to the department. Phil touched the lives of many residents, faculty, staff and patients.



In 2017, Phil received the Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Practice Award. This award recognizes non-physician health care team members for their outstanding performance in the education of our next generation of physicians.

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