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Dr. Kole Awarded RPAP Preceptor of The Year

11/18/2014
Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. John A. Kole, General Surgeon, was recently awarded the RPAP Achievement Award. The University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program, or RPAP, coordinates residency rotations across the state for medical students interested in establishing their medical practice in rural settings. This was the first time the RPAP Achievement Award was given to a non-Family Medicine attending physician. Dr. Kole has worked with RPAP students for 20 years, sometimes with two students at a time. Students routinely rate his teaching as excellent to outstanding.
 

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. John A. Kole, General Surgeon, was recently awarded the RPAP Achievement Award. The University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program, or RPAP, coordinates residency rotations across the state for medical students interested in establishing their medical practice in rural settings. This was the first time the RPAP Achievement Award was given to a non-Family Medicine attending physician. Dr. Kole has worked with RPAP students for 20 years, sometimes with two students at a time. Students routinely rate his teaching as excellent to outstanding.

In his nomination letter, RPAP students Blake Collison and Melody Sheppard, said “Dr. Kole’s reputation as an instructor preceded him. We were told by previous Grand Rapids RPAP students about their surgical experience and how engaging it was. Working with him (Kole) lived up to the hype…Though a passion for teaching seems to be a theme among the attending physicians at Grand Itasca, Dr. Kole goes above and beyond even the extraordinary norm set by his colleagues.” According to Dr. Susan Romanik, Family Medicine physician at Grand Itasca, who also had Dr. Kole as a preceptor for her residency rotations, “Kole has always been a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and approachable preceptor. This award is well deserved.”

Kole says “I am very honored to be recognized for my work as an RPAP surgical preceptor. It is very important to pass along not only knowledge, but also the passion and satisfaction of rural practice, to the next generation of doctors. I have been involved as a preceptor for 20 years and students have always thanked me for my efforts, but it is rare to be honored for your time, effort and quality of service. I have always valued teaching, as medical teaching goes back to the Hippocratic Oath, and am deeply humbled to be honored as a teacher.”

Kole is one of four general surgeons at Grand Itasca, making the surgical group one of the largest general surgery groups in the region. The general surgery team at Grand Itasca possesses a collective wealth of surgical experience stemming from their diverse training and backgrounds at major medical centers around the country. Together they perform on average 2,000 cases per year in general surgery and endoscopy. Procedures include but are not limited to colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, hernia repair, laparoscopic gallbladder and appendectomy, breast surgery including cancer care, pacemaker generator changes and abdominal procedures, such as colon repair.


Dr. Kole (far right) is pictured at the RPAP Award Banquet with other award recipients and Dr.
Kathleen Brooks, RPAP Director (far left), Dr. Mark Rosenberg, U of MN Medical School Vice Dean
for Medical Education (second from left).

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