Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Derek Beyer, OB/Gyn recently received the RPAP Specialty Preceptor Achievement Award. The University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) places third year medical students in rural communities for a hands-on educational experience. During the nine-month long program, the students shadow physicians in a variety of specialties. Each year students have the opportunity to nominate their physician preceptors to be recognized for their commitment to the program. Grand Itasca’s 2015-2016 RPAP student, Brent Schotl, nominated Dr. Beyer and he was selected to receive this prestigious honor.
In his nomination letter, RPAP student Brent Schotl said “Dr. Beyer is a model rural physician who is a talented surgeon, a great physician and an active member of the community… All of his patients seem to be at ease with him in the office, the OR, or the delivery room and never leave without having all of their questions answered and a clear plan in place. He is not only a skilled physician, but a very caring individual…Dr. Beyer was an exceptional preceptor who provided me with incredible hospitality, outstanding teaching and made me feel welcome in the community. He is a large part of why I will consider Grand Rapids as a future practice site.”
Dr. Beyer says “I am honored and humbled by this recognition. I have always kept a place in my heart and my pride for the RPAP program having grown up in rural SE MN and practicing my whole career in a small town setting.”
Dr. Beyer is one of two OB/Gyns at Grand Itasca. He offers routine to complex care for women including infertility treatments, normal and high-risk pregnancy care, gynecological and incontinence surgeries and laparoscopic hysterectomies.
Dr. Beyer, OB/Gyn at Grand Itasca is presented the RPAP Specialty Preceptor Achievement Award by Brent Schotl, U of M Medical Student, and Dr. Ray Christensen, Associate Dean for Rural Health, U of M Medical School Duluth