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MAFP Honors Kyle Lau with the 2020 Medical Student Leadership Award

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Kyle Lau Minneapolis, February 18, 2020 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Kyle Lau as the recipient of the 2020 Medical Student Leadership Award. This award is presented annually to a fourth-year medical student who demonstrates leadership in family medicine on a local, state and/or national level.

Lau is a medical student at the University of Minnesota and has been described by his nominators as an innovator, a mentor and a leader.

Lisa Regehr, the MAFP director of student, resident and professional education, had this to say: “Kyle has been a strong leader and amazing champion for family medicine. He joined the MAFP his first year of medical school and currently serves as our student director. He has also been a delegate at our House of Delegates and the American Academy of Family Physicians Student Congress, where he led the Minnesota student delegation through the resolution/policy-setting process and supported students who were bringing resolutions to the Congress.”

In 2019, Lau was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and named a Pisacano scholar by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, an honor given to medical students who demonstrate the highest level of leadership, academic achievement, communication skills, character and integrity. He was also selected to participate in the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program, a public health leadership symposium for students, and the Twin Cities Medical Society Dr. Peter Dehnel Public Health Advocacy Fellowship, where he organized a food insecurity workshop for medical students.

Lau has served in numerous leadership positions and on a variety of committees and task forces across his career as a medical student, both locally and nationally. He is currently the MAFP student director and a valued member of our Primary Care Workforce Task Force and Academic Affairs Committee. He has served as vice present of his medical school class and vice present of the University of Minnesota chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He is also an active member of both the sports medicine and family medicine interest groups at the University of Minnesota.

During his third year of medical school, Lau was selected to participate in the University of Minnesota Metropolitan Physicians Associate Program (MetroPAP), a longitudinal, integrated, urban family medicine clerkship. Through that program, his understanding of the challenges lower-income patients experience in maintaining their health deepened and furthered his desire to want to provide full spectrum, community-based family medicine to underserved populations.

Lau’s volunteer service has included mentoring youth in North Minneapolis who are interested in health care careers with The Ladder; caring for high school athletes both on the sidelines and in the training room; facilitating food security opportunities for people who are underserved via Veggie Rx; and more. Lau also created an internship with a state representative and assisted in policy work.

In addition to his leadership roles and volunteer service, Lau has supported several research projects at the University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska and Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. Most recently, he worked on implementing a SmartSet to address pediatric obesity in a family medicine clinic in St. Paul.

Lau will graduate from medical school in May and begin residency in family medicine.


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing more than 3,100 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. The MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages.

About the MAFP Academy Awards: Each year, the MAFP recognizes its members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine via its own Academy Awards. Family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated—by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues—for a variety of awards. The MAFP Board of Directors selects recipients after reviewing nomination letters and credentials. Awards will be formally presented at the MAFP Spring Refresher, to be held March 28 & 29, 2020, at The Depot Minneapolis.

Media contact: Emie Buege, 651-338-1545,

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