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Stevermer Appointed Medical Education Director for MU-AHEC


Fulton family practitioner will lead rural physicians statewide in training medical students

James Stevermer, MD, an associate professor of family and community medicine and medical director of Callaway Physicians, a University Physicians group in Fulton, has been appointed medical education director of the MU Area Health Education Center (MU-AHEC). He assumes his new role on Dec. 1.

Stevermer succeeds Kevin Kane, MD, who was recently named faculty director of curriculum for third- and fourth-year medical students at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

"Dr. Stevermer brings a very strong personal commitment to rural health from many vantage points," said Weldon Webb, associate dean for rural health at the MU School of Medicine. "He grew up in rural Minnesota, and he practices and lives in a rural community. At the same time he is a very involved faculty member at MU who is devoted to academic medicine."

James Stevermer, MD
As medical education director for MU-AHEC, Stevermer will be responsible for the implementation of clinical curricula at seven main AHEC-sponsored training sites throughout the state as well as multiple satellite sites. In addition, he will lead the professional development and recruitment of the rural physicians who serve as community preceptors and be the point person for any curricular questions or professional issues, said Kathleen Quinn, PhD, director of MU-AHEC.

A graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Stevermer completed a family medicine residency and master's degree in public health at MU. He joined MU's faculty in 1998. He regularly serves as a lecturer and small group leader for first- and second-year medical students and has received multiple teaching awards.

Beginning in 1995 with a grant awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, MU-AHEC is now also supported by state and local funds. The center's goal is to improve the supply and distribution of health care providers, particularly primary care providers, in underserved areas of Missouri. AHEC regional offices are located in Rolla, Macon, Poplar Bluff, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Kansas City, and more than 100 rural physicians across the state serve as community preceptors, hosting MU medical students at their practices through AHEC's rural track clerkship program.
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