Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)

Rural Physician Associate Program and Metropolitan Physician Associate Program Now in its 50th year, the RPAP program has had over 1600 alumni. Cloud).

RPAP was established in 1971 and founded by Dr. Jack Verby, began its mission of training University of Minnesota Medical School students to experience the life of a rural physician and to return to practice in rural Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. MetroPAP was established in 2010 and founded by Dr. Kathleen Brooks. Students have engaged in significant social justice and community hea

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04/03/2024

The family of former RPAP preceptor Dr. Roger MacDonald, who passed away at age 99 last June 2023, would like to invite former colleagues and students to attend a memorial service in Grand Marais, MN on May 18, 2024 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 11:00am. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending and remembering Dr. MacDonald.

Dr. MacDonald was a rural physician from 1948 to 1980, when he became associate director of the RPAP program. In 1972, he became one of the first RPAP preceptors at his practice in Grand Marais. His daughter shared that her father's involvement with the medical school at the end of his career meant the world to him.

You can read our feature on Dr. MacDonald in our newsletter from September 2022: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l4a9b4Iwc8R1VjDGBe7X_IlGFOB93oqZ/view

02/29/2024

RPAP/MetroPAP faculty member Dr. Javad Keyhani recently passed his Addiction Medicine Board Exams and is now an addiction medicine specialist. Congratulations, Dr. Keyhani! We are grateful to have his expertise to complement the addiction medicine training that RPAP and MetroPAP students receive each program year.

02/23/2024

Congratulations to Austen (RPAP, Willmar) and Vineet (MetroPAP, Broadway) on their recent appointments with the AAFP! We are proud of our students' leadership!

Two University of Minnesota medical students were recently appointed to commissions with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Congratulations to Austen Ott and Vineet Raman!

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02/09/2024

This January, three of our RPAP students got to do some traveling up north! They braved the cold to do some ice fishing in Ontario and visit the Northwest Angle, the northernmost point in the contiguous U.S.A.!

Photos from Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)'s post 02/02/2024

We enjoyed seeing some of our accepted RPAP and MetroPAP students on the Twin Cities campus for an informal celebration yesterday! We look forward to gathering the full group soon. Congratulations to all of our incoming RPAP and MetroPAP students for 2024-2025!

Photos from University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus's post 01/30/2024
01/22/2024

Happy Monday! Here's a photo from one of our recent Specialty Faculty Visits in Austin, MN, home of the SPAM Museum!

01/16/2024

Current RPAP student Elizabeth Edlund and RPAP/MetroPAP core faculty Dr. Sandy Stover, MD contributed to this article on "Resources for and barriers to maternity services for racial and ethnic minority patients in rural Minnesota." Congratulations, Elizabeth and Dr. Stover!

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01/11/2024

Our latest newsletter is out! Check out photos from our end-of-year poster session in June and our program orientation in October. Read essays from Birkey and Aelony Scholarship recipients Emilie Mouritsen and Jadin Schiller. Don't miss our conversation with RPAP alum and Emergency Medicine resident Dr. Richard Campbell, MD.

Read the newsletter here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K-4yp3YZIAKppVgWhHsPGoLnYzBeJS-k/view?usp=sharing

Medical Students Experience Lakeview through RPAP 01/02/2024

Happy New Year! We love this article from Lakeview Clinic, Ltd. in Waconia, MN, where RPAP students have been training for more than 50 years. We are so grateful for our partners at Lakeview and for their dedication to our students!

Medical Students Experience Lakeview through RPAP Learn about the Lakeview Clinics long-time involvement with the Rural Physician Associate Program, a program for training U of M medical students.

11/16/2023

Today is ! We are grateful for the dedicated healthcare providers serving rural communities in Minnesota and across the nation! Learn more at powerofrural.org.

Photos from Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)'s post 11/09/2023

On a visit to Staples this week, some of our team got to enjoy a local tradition with our students and preceptors: Lutefisk supper!

11/01/2023

Happy Halloween from our MetroPAP students at Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic!

10/17/2023

We enjoyed meeting with Duluth students today for an RPAP info session! Thanks to everyone who attended!

Obituary for Dr. Leon J. Nesvacil 10/03/2023

Remembering Dr. Leon Nesvacil, who was an early supporter of the St. John's Family Medicine Program and brought residents into his practice. Today, St. John's and Phalen Clinic are one of our MetroPAP sites. We thank Dr. Nesvacil for his dedication to medical education!

Obituary for Dr. Leon J. Nesvacil Nesvacil, Dr. Leon J. age 93, of Hugo, MN and formerly of Waunakee, WI passed away peacefully in Stillwater, MN on Thursday, September 21st, 2023. Preceded in death by his father, John; mother Clara; first wife of 50 years, Ruth Nesvacil; and his second wife of nearly 20 years, June (Romanik) Nesvac...

10/02/2023

This poster by MetroPAP alumni Sydney and Hunter and faculty Dr. Javad Keyhani was presented at the Advances in Learning Health System Sciences Conference at the Union Depot in St. Paul! Congratulations to the team!

09/28/2023

We got to see our incoming RPAP and MetroPAP students on campus this week for our program orientation! Students participated in simulated medical scenarios at the University's M Simulation Center. They head out to their communities this weekend and start at their sites on Monday!

Wishing our new class of students a great start to their RPAP and MetroPAP journeys!

09/14/2023

The team had a great time meeting students at the UMN Medical School Activities Fair yesterday! Chris, an RPAP alum currently in residency, also joined us to chat with students about his RPAP experience!

MAFP Names Kurt Angstman, MD, FAAFP, the 2023 Family Medicine Educator of the Year - Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians 08/31/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Kurt Angstman, MD, FAAFP, for being named the 2023 Family Medicine Educator of the Year! Dr. Angstman has mentored seven RPAP students, in addition to teaching hundreds of medical students and residents throughout his career.

MAFP Names Kurt Angstman, MD, FAAFP, the 2023 Family Medicine Educator of the Year - Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Minneapolis, August 24, 2023 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has named Kurt Angstman, MD, FAAFP, the 2023 Family Medicine Educator of the Year. This award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher of family medicine in Minnesota.

MAFP Honors Miranda Harris with the 2023 Medical Student Leadership Award - Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians 08/30/2023

Congratulations to incoming MetroPAP student Miranda Harris, who received the 2023 Medical Student Leadership Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians!

One nominator wrote: “Miranda is a fierce advocate for the importance of family medicine and community health. Her passion for this shows in her professional endeavors, community involvements and passion projects. When I look at my future as a physician in Minnesota, I hope I can serve people living here the way that Miranda does. She serves as a role model by internalizing patient- and community-centered care through her everyday actions and by instilling these important values in those around her.”

MAFP Honors Miranda Harris with the 2023 Medical Student Leadership Award - Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Minneapolis, August 24, 2023 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Miranda Harris as the recipient of the 2023 Medical Student Leadership Award. This award is presented annually to a medical student who demonstrates leadership in family medicine.

07/31/2023

Check out this article on factors influencing health care professionals' choices to practice in rural MN! RPAP/MetroPAP director Kirby Clark and operations and program development director Liz Sopdie contributed to the article.

"Health care professionals in all 4 fields also indicate that educational programs with a rural focus influenced their decision to practice in a rural area, and the association between educational exposure and rural practice remains even after controlling for rural background."

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Photos from Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)'s post 07/25/2023

Our incoming RPAP and MetroPAP students got the chance to take a break from studying get together for ice cream in the Twin Cities and Duluth!

07/11/2023

Remembering Dr. Roger MacDonald, MD, one of the first RPAP preceptors, who has passed away at the age of 99.

Dr. MacDonald was a rural physician from 1948 to 1980, when he became associate director of the RPAP program. In 1972, he became one of the first RPAP preceptors at his practice in Grand Marais. He wrote two books on his extraordinary experiences as a rural physician in northern Minnesota: A Country Doctor’s Casebook: Tales from the North Woods, and A Country Doctor’s Chronicle: Further Tales from the North Woods.

You can read Dr. MacDonald's obituary with a subscription to the Cook County News Herald: https://www.cookcountynews-herald.com/articles/roger-allen-macdonald/

You can also read our feature on Dr. MacDonald in our newsletter from last September: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l4a9b4Iwc8R1VjDGBe7X_IlGFOB93oqZ/view

Locally grown providers. 07/05/2023

Check out this article on Kris Setterstrom, our recent RPAP graduate who just finished up nine months at Alomere Health in Alexandria! Kris was born and raised in Alexandria and returned for the RPAP program. We love hearing about students' connections to the community!

Locally grown providers. Alomere Health and Alexandria Area High School help Kris Setterstrom become a healthcare provider.

Photos from Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP)'s post 06/27/2023

Our students just wrapped up the program on Friday with our end-of-year Community Health Poster Session, where students presented the projects they worked on in their communities this year. Congratulations to the RPAP and MetroPAP Class of 2023!

06/16/2023

Today is our RPAP and MetroPAP students' last day at their sites! Next week, everyone will come together for our end-of-year activities.

Congratulations to our students on all of your hard work, and a huge thank-you to our sites and preceptors for supporting our students' journeys this year!

Impact Over 3 Years of a Family Medicine-led Addiction Medicine Curriculum for Medical Students 06/05/2023

Check out the article our team just published on the impact of the ECHO Addiction Medicine curriculum, a component of the RPAP and MetroPAP programs! "Compared to classmates in a traditional curriculum, program participants reported significantly higher self-perceived ability managing addiction concerns upon completing this curriculum."

Many thanks to our amazing ECHO team, Dr. Kurt DeVine, Dr. Heather Bell, and Katie Meemken for their incredible work delivering the program to our students!

Impact Over 3 Years of a Family Medicine-led Addiction Medicine Curriculum for Medical Students Background and Objectives: Innovations in medical school training are essential for family physicians to enter practice confident in addressing the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a distance-learning addiction medicine cur...

New Ulm Medical Center receives award 05/30/2023

Congratulations to New Ulm Medical Center on receiving the Workforce Pipeline and Partnerships Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association! The award recognizes the Center's efforts in retaining and recruiting healthcare workers. New Ulm has hosted RPAP students since 1971 and has also trained students through the Rural Medical Scholars Program. We are so grateful for the team at New Ulm Medical Center and for their commitment to our students!

New Ulm Medical Center receives award NEW ULM— The Allina Health New Ulm Medical Center has received an award for work educating local students in healthcare careers. The Workforce pipelines and partnerships award was given by the Minnesota Hospital Association recognizing work done to retain and recruit healthcare workers. New Ulm Me...

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