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2017 Resident & Student Awards Announced

Monday, March 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Natalie Gentile, MD, PGY-3, and Alana Jackson, MS4, Are Recipients of 2017 Academy Awards


Resident of the Year

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Natalie Gentile, MD, of Rochester, MN, as the 2017 Family Medicine Resident of the Year.

This award recognizes a third-year resident for contributions to family medicine in his or her community, including teaching, leadership and educational activities. Nominations are submitted by fellow residents, medical students, educators, residency program directors or other family medicine colleagues.

Dr. Gentile practices at the Mayo Family Clinic in Kasson, MN. Her areas of interest are nutrition, obesity and preventive medicine. 

“I became a Family Physician because it allows me the opportunity to engage in my community in many ways, said Dr. Gentile in a personal statement. “Whether through health and wellness interventions in a school, teaching yoga at a local gym or the local healthy living expo, or encouraging our clinic staff to implement healthy changes, I am always finding ways to combine my medical knowledge with my medical interests to better community health.”

Dr. Gentile lives in Rochester with her husband and is a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga instructor.

Medical Student Leadership Award

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Alana Jackson, of Grand Rapids, MN, as the recipient of the 2017 Medical Student Leadership Award.

This award recognizes a fourth-year medical student for family medicine activities on a local, community, medical school, state or national level. Nominations are submitted by fellow medical students, residents, educators or family medicine colleagues.

Alana answers “Why family medicine?”:

“Quite honestly, I chose family medicine because of the amazing nine months I spent as a student in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) in Staples, MN. Growing up on my family’s farm in northern Minnesota, I knew I would return to rural Minnesota to practice medicine. Though I had heard great stories of the rewarding career of rural family physicians, I did not decide on this specialty until I had the opportunity to live it myself. The compassionate, hardworking docs in Staples showed me the beauty of a true full-spectrum practice by providing unparalleled hands-on training. Through countless nights on labor and delivery, neonatal resuscitations, hospice home visits and community health events, I came to see family medicine as the most valuable specialty to people living in rural areas, places that too often lack adequate access to healthcare. I am so excited to become part of the workforce that provides care to the people who need it most.”

Alana will graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School this spring.

Awards Ceremony

Both women will formally receive their awards at the MAFP “MVP Celebration” on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at The Depot Minneapolis.


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