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Help Select the 2016 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year

Tuesday, September 22, 2015  
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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is seeking nominations from patients to help select the 2016 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year.  If you feel that your family physician stands out in your community/clinic, cares for patients in an extraordinary way and deserves to be recognized for a job well done, please send a letter to tell us about your special family doctor. 

The Family Physician of the Year Award is presented annually to a doctor who specializes in Family Medicine.  This doctor should represent the highest ideals of the specialty.  Dr. Thomas Bracken of Onamia, MN, was honored in 2015.

Nominations will be accepted in writing through January 25, 2016.  Nominators should write a letter describing how the candidate has made a difference in the lives of their patients.  The letter should also explain the candidate’s outstanding personal and professional qualities and community involvement.  Often times a person or group in a community will lead an effort encouraging multiple patients and colleagues to write on behalf of a particular family physician who they feel is doing exceptional work. 

Nomination letters can be emailed to or mailed to the MAFP office at 600 S. Highway 169, Suite #1680, St. Louis Park, MN, 55426.  Questions should be directed to the MAFP office at (952) 542-0130 or (800) 999-8198 or visit us online at

All letters/emails will be carefully read and considered by a task force of family physicians who will select up to four finalists.  The MAFP Board of Directors will choose one physician to receive the 2016 Family Physician of the Year Award.  The award will be presented to the recipient in April.  Finalists will be listed on the MAFP website in March.

Please note:  Nominees must be members of the MAFP.  While a majority of family physicians in the state are members, please feel free to call or email if you would like to check on your physician’s membership status before submitting a letter.  


The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized 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 103,000 members.

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