University of Minnesota Sweeps MAFP 2020 Academy Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- February 27, 2020 – University of Minnesota Medical School alumni, faculty, a resident and a student swept the award categories in the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) 2020 Academy Awards.

Each year, family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues for a variety of awards presented by the MAFP, the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota. This year, all five awardees have a tie to the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the U of M Medical School. The awards and awardees for 2020 are: 

  • Family Physician of the Year: Julie Anderson, MD 
  • Educator of the Year: Andrew Slattengren, DO
  • Resident of the Year: Ebiere Okah, MD
  • Medical Student Leadership Award: Kyle Lau 
  • Innovation & Research Award: William Roberts, MD, MS

Julie Anderson, MD, is a graduate of the Family Medicine and Community Health residency program. The Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes her as being a family physician who personifies the highest ideals of family medicine: compassionate, comprehensive patient care and involvement in the community. Since graduating from the U of M, Anderson has started her own clinic to provide personalized, patient-focused care.

Andrew Slattengren, DO, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Medical School and serves as the associate program director and director of Osteopathic Education for the U of M North Memorial Family Medicine Residency. The Educator of the Year Award recognizes him as being an outstanding teacher of family medicine in Minnesota. Slattengren has a reputation of being approachable, intentional and patient with his family medicine residents. 

Ebiere Okah, MD, is a third-year resident in the U of M North Memorial Family Medicine Residency. She received the Resident of the Year Award for her outstanding contributions to the specialty through community involvement, leadership and educational activities. Okah has been described by her nominators as a passionate, dedicated and fierce role model. 

Kyle Lau is a student at the Medical School. He received the Medical Student Leadership Award for his work in family medicine on a local, state and national level as an innovator, a mentor and a leader. Previous recognitions for Lau include induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and being named a Pisacano scholar by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, an honor given to students who demonstrate the highest level of leadership, academic achievement, communication skills, character and integrity.

William Roberts, MD, MS, is a family physician, professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and accomplished researcher in sports medicine at the Medical School. He received the Innovation & Research Award for his major contribution to the development of family medicine research at the state and national level. Roberts is regarded as a thought-leader in marathon medicine, and his research on marathon injury and heat-exercise injury prevention and management is considered seminal to the field.

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