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Med student starts stint at St. Joseph's

A University of Minnesota Medical School student has started a nine-month training experience at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Clinic. David Matson, a third-year medical student, started his nine-month stint through the Rural Physician Associate P...

A University of Minnesota Medical School student has started a nine-month training experience at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Clinic.

David Matson, a third-year medical student, started his nine-month stint through the Rural Physician Associate Program with Dr. Mark Gray on Oct. 12. Matson is the 29th student to be hosted by St. Joseph's Clinic.

The Rural Physician Associate Program was established in 1971 with the goal to return primary care physicians to rural Minnesota. Since the beginning, there have been more than 1,400 third-year medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School-Twin Cities and Duluth campuses that have participated in the program and have gone on to practice in a variety of specialties with the majority going into primary care.

There are sixteen former RPAP students currently in practice at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Clinic in Brainerd.

While on RPAP, students evaluate and treat patients in the clinic, hospital, emergency room and nursing home; assist in surgery; consult with other health care professionals; serve as a resource to the community; and participate in educational activities during the year.

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Matson was born and raised in Mankato. He graduated in 2012 from St. Olaf College in Northfield with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

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