Nominate your family physician for state award

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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians wants you to tell us why your family physician should be named 2013 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to a doctor who specializes in family medicine. This doctor should represent the highest ideals of the specialty. Dr. Andrew Burgdorf of Buffalo, Minn., was honored in 2012. Nominations will be accepted in writing through Jan. 4. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com.

Nominators should describe the candidate’s outstanding  personal and professional qualities and community involvement. Oftentimes, a person or group in the community will lead the effort encouraging dozens of patients and colleagues to write on behalf of a particular family physician. Family physicians who have been nominated in previous years, but who have not received the award, may be nominated again.

Nomination letters may be sent to the MAFP office, located at 600 S. Hwy. 169, Suite 1680, St. Louis Park, MN 55426 or emailed to kthorson@mafp.org. Questions may be directed to 1-800-999-8198.

All letters/emails will be carefully read and considered by a task force of family physicians who will select up to four finalists. The MAFP Board of Directors will choose one physician to receive the 2013 Family Physician of the Year Award, which will be presented to the recipient in April.

Please note: Nominees must be members of the MAFP. While a majority of family doctors in the state are members, feel free to call or email if you would like  to check on your physician’s membership status before submitting a letter. To read about the award online, visit www.mafp.org/awfamphysician.asp.

The MAFP 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.

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