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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011  
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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) presented Lindsey Chmielewski with the 2011 Medical Student Award for Contributions to Family Medicine. Chmielewski 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 Chmielewski has been enthusiastic in her desire to pursue family medicine and to care for the underserved. They describe her as a person who leads by example and say she has a strong work ethic and maintains the highest integrity in all of her activities.

During medical school, Chmielewski completed the Rural Physician Associate Program while working in Willmar for nine months. There she was involved with a migrant health services research project. She also did an elected research project that studied health care disparities for Latinos as well as a community service project with the Adult Learning Center working with English as a Second Language students.

Chmielewski was presented with her award during the MAFP Spring Refresher on April 14, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel 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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