About the Academy Awards
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Each year, the MAFP recognizes members for their hard work and dedication to Minnesota family medicine.

Nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards are now open! We are accepting nominations for all awards through January 26, 2018.


Minnesota Family Physician of the Year

  • Recognizes a family physician member who personifies the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine
  • Nominated by the general public, clinic administrators, MAFP members and nonmember family medicine colleagues
  • Presented at the MVP Celebration during the annual Spring Refresher

The 2017 Family Physician of the Year is Julie Mayers Benson, MD, FAAFP of Staples, MN

Nominate a Family Physician


Family Medicine Resident of the Year

  • Recognizes a third-year resident for contributions to family medicine in his or her community, including teaching, leadership and educational activities
  • Nominated by fellow residents, medical students, educators, residency program directors or other MAFP members
  • Presented at the MVP Celebration during the annual Spring Refresher

The 2017 Resident of the Year is Natalie Gentile, MD of Rochester, MN

Nominate a Resident


Medical Student Leadership Award

  • Recognizes a fourth-year medical student for family medicine activities on a local, community, medical school, state or national level
  • Nominated by fellow students, residents, educator or other MAFP members
  • Presented at the MVP Celebration during the annual Spring Refresher

The 2017 Medical Student Leadership Award goes to Alana Jackson of Grand Rapids, MN

Nominate a Student


Family Medicine Educator of the Year

  • Recognizes an outstanding teacher of family medicine; full-time, part-time and volunteer physicians from academic and clinical settings are eligible
  • Nominated by residents, medical students, fellow teachers or other MAFP members
  • Presented at the MVP Celebration during the annual Spring Refresher

The 2017 Educator of the Year is Renee Crichlow, MD, FAAFP of Minneapolis, MN

Nominate an Educator


Innovation & Research Award

  • Recognizes an individual who has made a major contribution to the development of family medicine research at the state or national level
  • Nominated by MAFP members
  • Presented at the annual Innovation & Research Forum

The 2017 Innovation & Research Award goes to Macaran Baird, MD, MS of St. Paul, MN

Make a Nomination


A sixth award, the MAFP Merit Award, is given occasionally for exceptional service to the MAFP; any MAFP member can nominate another member by emailing kendra@mafp.org with the nominee’s name and reason for nomination.

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