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Family Physicians Name Long Prairie Doctor as the 2012 Teacher of the Year

Friday, April 27, 2012  
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Paul Van Gorp, M.D., Long Prairie, received the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). Dr. Van Gorp is a family physician at CentraCare - Long Prairie Clinic. He has been a preceptor for the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) for more than 25 years.

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.

Along with RPAP, Dr. Van Gorp teaches students on community preceptorships, as well as residents, physician assistants and nurses on rotations. Dr. Van Gorp was also instrumental in the development of the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support System (CALS) program and continues to teach CALS throughout the state.

Dr. Van Gorp is a former MAFP President, a MAFP Merit Award recipient and he was named the MAFP Family Physician of the Year in 2003.

Those who nominated Dr. Van Gorp describe him as a natural teacher who maintains a calm clinical presence and allows his students to take an active role in decision-making. In one letter, a student wrote "For me he has set the gold standard for the conscientious, educated, skilled and overall physician I hope to be. I can’t express enough gratitude to him for making time in his practice to continue to teach.”

The Teacher of the Year award was presented to him during the MAFP Spring Refresher at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 26, 2012.

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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