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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  
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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) presented Ben Pederson with the 2012 Medical Student Award for Contributions to Family Medicine. Pederson is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School who is focusing on community health and global medicine.

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 Pederson is an intensely committed, socially conscious medical student who has pursued excellence in every activity he engages in. He was one of two students selected to be involved in the pilot year of the MetroPAP program that is run at North Memorial’s residency site, and he is one of the co-founders of the Interprofessional Street Outreach Program or iSTOP which provides opportunities for medical students to care for the homeless.

Pederson also co-founded the "Just Health Network,” a charitable non-profit committed to supporting small-scale, community-based initiatives around the world aimed at improving health through providing grants and supporting peer-to-peer partnerships.

Pederson was not able to receive his award in person during the MAFP annual meeting as he was in Kenya working as a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar.

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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