Family Physicians Name Minneapolis Doctors as 2015 Residents of the Year
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Betsy Gilbertson, M.D., and Cora Walsh, M.D., Minneapolis, received the 2015 Resident of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). The award recognizes a third-year resident for significant contributions to family medicine in the community, including teaching, leadership and educational activities. Candidates are typically nominated by teachers and/or colleagues. In this case, the two residents were nominated together and are sharing the award.
Both Dr. Gilbertson and Dr. Walsh are finishing their training with the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Nominators say both have embraced the responsibility of being chief residents and are excellent role models for the discipline.
Drs. Gilbertson and Walsh are credited for creating a group pre-natal program where they took equal responsibility in the conceptual modeling, planning and implementation. Subsequently, the jointly applied for a grant to operationalize the project, which involved multiple disciplines. Nominators say the two have also been instrumental in the effective workings of Community Health and Advocacy Talks (CHAT), outreach activities at homeless shelters, and a progressive mentorship activity for inner city youth.
Both Dr. Gilbertson and Dr. Walsh will be joining North Memorial Camden Clinic after residency to practice full-spectrum family medicine. The Resident of the Year Award was presented to them on April 16, 2015, during the MAFP Spring Refresher at The Depot Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students established to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States, with more than 115,900 members.