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2016 NAFP/F Scholarship Recipients

Charles Ashby Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Ashby to new NAFP family physicians practicing in Nebraska. Dr. Ashby was a 60 year charter member of the NAFP, serving as president in 1964. He was active in state and local affairs, medical societies, community and public service. He was dedicated to being a family physician, deeply committed to caring for his patients until the day he died. This scholarship is intended to assist new family physicians as they begin their practice in Nebraska. The recipients of this year’s awards are Dr. Nathan Krug, MD of Central City, NE and Dr. Brian Jundt, MD of O’Neill, NE.

Dr. Jundt is a Nebraska native and grew up in Creighton, NE. He has been able to complete all of his medical training in Nebraska starting with the RHOP program at Wayne State College and then Medical School and Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Throughout residency, Dr. Jundt focused on Rural Practice, and began working in O’Neill, NE right after graduating in August of 2015. When the Creighton practice lost their physician, he offered to provide care there as well on an outreach basis, on his days off! As a leader of the sports medicine team in O’Neill and Creighton, his goal is to become the concussion expert for Northeast Nebraska and plans to attend the conference in Arizona with the ImPACT concussion specialists.

Dr. Krug is also a Nebraska native from Central City, NE. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He then moved back to Central City, NE to become one of 4 family physicians at the only medical clinic in the county. Having grown up in Central City, he knew of the urgent need for better sports medicine services and so he completed a one-year fellowship in primary care sports medicine in order to better serve his community! Dr. Krug plans to continue the expansion of a sports medicine outreach program, especially to all of the high schools in the county.

Donald J. Larson Resident Scholarship:
The NAFP Foundation established the Donald J. Larson, MD, Scholarship in memory of Dr. Larson in 2008. Don was a valued member and was president of the Nebraska Academy in 1978. He was an acclaimed teacher of family medicine graduate education and served as program director of the Lincoln Family Practice Residency Program. This scholarship is presented annually to a family medicine resident who is interested in family medicine in rural practice. The recipient of the 2016 Donald J. Larson Resident Scholarship is Dr. Josue Gutierrez.

Josue is a resident at the Lincoln Medical Education Program and will be graduating this year. After which, he will be starting as a Rural Family Physician in Crete, NE. He greatly looks forward to practicing in a rural community with the opportunity to provide a full spectrum of care, and providing comprehensive, quality care for every patient, every time. He also looks forward to being a mentor for future medical students and residents to reignite the fire for family medicine.

Haiti Mission Scholarship:
The Haiti Mission scholarship is given to a resident or student who is interested in participating in a medical mission trip to Haiti. Dr. Joe Miller has been very instrumental in the development and support of this scholarship program and he has participated in many trips to Haiti over the past few years. This year the recipient of this scholarship is Dr. Jennifer Harney who is a resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Harney has planned to go into Rural Family Medicine as a career for the community, continuity of care, and scope of practice. She stated in her application that family physicians have the chance to build relationships and friendships with their patients, and “what a privilege it is to be able to develop that level of trust and longevity.” Throughout medical school, she has been able to study abroad in both Europe and Nicaragua. She looks forward to the opportunity to experience how different medicine is around the world, and hopes to make Medical Mission Trips a regular part of her practice.

Medical Mission Grant:
Dr. Kathleen Bliese Walk, a trustee on the NAFP Foundation Board, was instrumental in establishing the Medical Mission Scholarship in 2002 to help defray expenses for medical students participating in medical mission trips as part of their medical educational experience. This year we are awarding this grant to Derek Shafer, M4 who is a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Derek is very interested in the significant need for family physicians throughout the world. As he is going through his 4th year of medical school, he is eager to gain more experience and knowledge in this area, as well as fill the need for these types of positions. He plans to participate in the “Lifeline Christian Mission” trip to Haiti in May. This trip includes two parts: house building and health care. During the healthcare piece, the team will be working in a Family Medicine clinic that serves approx. 25,000 patients per year.

2016 William A. DeRoin Scholarship:
The DeRoin Memorial scholarship is presented each year in memory of Dr. William A. DeRoin. Bill was president of the Nebraska Academy in 1979-1980. He had been very active in the Academy and particularly in helping to form and work with the student family practice clubs. Dr. DeRoin passed away in 1980 and the DeRoin scholarship was created in his memory. It is presented annually to a Nebraska medical student attending either Creighton University or the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The 2016 scholarship goes to Hannah Baldridge who is from North Platte, NE and a M2 medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Family Medicine immediately caught her interest when she began medical school, and she was involved in the UNMC’s Family Medicine Interest Group right away. During her time in medical school she has been able to work with and learn from both Dr. Ashley Falk and Dr. Douglas Inciarte, both of whom she has gained valuable insight into the world of Family Medicine and the important relationships they build with their patients. Hannah also had the great opportunity to be the NAFP’s first Rural Summer Student Externship participant last summer, and was able to experience family medicine in 3 rural locations. She plans to return to work in rural Nebraska after graduation and is excited to explore all of the aspects of this career.