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Mayo Medical Student Receives Award for Contributions to Family Medicine

Thursday, April 17, 2014  
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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) presented Christine Spampinato with the 2014 Medical Student Award for Contributions to Family Medicine.  Spampinato is a fourth-year medical student at the Mayo 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.

At a local level, nominators say Christine served as one of the student leaders of the Family Medicine Interest Group.  On a regional and national level, she served as the MAFP Student Director and was a student representative at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference.  She has presented on Family Medicine topics  at various other conferences and has participated in two international health experiences.  She has also authored peer-reviewed publications on student international health electives, professionalism, faith and the spiritual needs of hospitalized patients.

One nominator wrote about Christine’s amazing energy level saying she has served as  a mentor in three youth groups, founded a chapter of the student section of the Catholic Medical Association, finished her first marathon and completed training to become a reserve officer in the United States Air Force.

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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