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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.


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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