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University of Minnesota Medical Student Receives Award for Contributions to Family Medicine

Wednesday, April 24, 2013  
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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) presented Caitlin Hill with the 2013 Medical Student Award for Contributions to Family Medicine. Hill is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

The Medical Student Award recognizes a medical student for family medicine activities on a local, community, medical school, state or national level. Candidates are nominated by teachers and/or fellow students.

Nominators say the characteristics that distinguish Hill are here leadership skills, her aptitude and her community service. Hill has consistently held leadership roles in the Family Medicine Interest Group and in the MAFP. She recently served as the student director on the MAFP Board of Directors, was a student representative on the MAFP Academic Affairs Committee, and played a national role as a Minnesota student representative at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Student and Resident National Conference.

Hill worked in Long Prairie during her third-year of medical school as part of the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP). While there, she created the project H.E.A.L. Preventive Health Clinic. The clinic is held once a month and focuses on serving the Amish population of Todd County.

One nominator wrote "Caitlin is one of those persons who very quietly and with great sincerity see opportunities to help someone else and then she acts upon that opportunity with her desire to make the world a better place in some way.”

The award was presented to Hill on April 18, 2013, during the MAFP Spring Refresher at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.

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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