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Third-year medical students in the University of Minnesota's Rural Physician Associate Program share the results of a community health project in Willmar. From right are Amanda Carlson, Dustin Sperr, Mikal Nelson and Sancia Ferguson, who put together a medical career education module for high school students in Willmar and New London-Spicer. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Medical students share results of local community health projects

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WILLMAR -- Working alongside doctors in Willmar and New London, third-year medical students Amanda Carlson, Sancia Ferguson, Mikal Nelson and Dustin Sperr could see the impact of the rural physician shortage.

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They saw patients waiting longer for appointments. They saw their preceptors working harder to keep up with the double demands of teaching and caring for patients.

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