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Reader Opinion: Thanks from Duluth

We want to thank the excellent family physicians and their colleagues in Brainerd and Crosslake who graciously and effectively served as teachers for medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus over the past yea...

We want to thank the excellent family physicians and their colleagues in Brainerd and Crosslake who graciously and effectively served as teachers for medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth campus over the past year. Dr. Nate Laposky and Dr. Sara Lokstad were the primary mentors for Laura McDowell and Alana Jackson the past two years.

During this time, Dr. Laposky and Dr. Lokstad have hosted our students for five separate weeklong visits. Each visit has been vital to our students' education, giving them hands-on experience and exposing them to the joys and challenges of working in rural medicine.

We send a special thank you to all of the patients that met with our students. You've helped to educate our students. In order to best train the next generation of young physicians for Brainerd, Crosslake and the surrounding countryside, a partnership with you is crucial. These partnerships show our young professionals that your community has exceptional care and is an excellent place to live and work.

The University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth is renowned for its success in training physicians who select family medicine as their medical specialty. In total, 48 percent of Duluth alumni have chosen this as their specialty, compared to only 9 percent nationally. Almost half, 44 percent, of our medical school graduates who begin their training in Duluth elect to practice in smaller communities. This is 11 times the national average, where approximately 4 percent enter small town practice.

Thank you from all of us at the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Our students are your students, and our successes will be yours as well. We look forward to our continued partnership and having many of our students practice in the Brainerd and Crosslake area in the future.

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Dr. Ray Christensen, M.D.

Associate Dean for Rural Health

Associate Director for Rural Physician Associate Program

Dr. James G. Boulger, Ph.D.

Director of Family Medicine Preceptorship Programs and Center for Rural Mental Health Studies

Dr. Emily Onello, M.D.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Duluth

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