While attending The American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP), Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans, Jim Boulger, Ph.D., Distinguished University Teaching Professor, in the Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health, Medical School, Duluth Campus, received an honorary membership to AAFP for his outstanding contributions to the family medicine pipeline.

"More than 2,000 students have started medical school on the Duluth Campus, and almost half of them have selected family medicine as their specialty – a truly remarkable record," Dr. Boulger told the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). “To the small extent that I can represent all the efforts of everyone in Duluth, as well as all the fantastic alumni. I will humbly and proudly accept membership in the AAFP."

For nearly five decades, Dr. Boulger has played a key role in the development of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, and its mission to educate medical students who will go on to practice family medicine in rural Minnesota and American Indian communities. The success of this program is a testament to Dr. Boulger’s lifelong passion for training future family physicians.

Dr. Boulger was inducted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, LA.