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Family Physicians Name Minneapolis Doctor as 2015 Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, April 21, 2015  
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Michael Wootten, Minneapolis, received the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). 

The Teacher of the Year Award was first handed out in 1973.  It is given to an outstanding teacher of family medicine in either an academic or practice setting.  Candidates are nominated by students and colleagues. Nominators are asked to describe the candidate’s special teaching qualities and his or her impact on students and/or residents.

Dr. Wootten is the program director for the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program.  He is also an assistant professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Nominators say Dr. Wootten has built an open environment of learning that allows resident physicians ot individualize their learning plan to better prepare them for careers within family medicine.

They go on to say he is the greatest kind of teacher because he practices and inspires education in all that he does.  He encourages independence, tailors sessions to real-life cases, and gives meaningful feedback to help each resident improve continuously.

The Teacher of the Year award was presented to him during the MAFP Spring Refresher at The Depot Minneapolis, on April 16, 2015.

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 115,900 members.

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