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MU Resident Physician to Receive Excellence in Education Award

Emily Doucette, MD, resident physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, will receive the 2013 American Academy of Family Physicians/Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. The award recognizes second-year family medicine residents for leadership, civic involvement, social commitment, patient care skills and aptitude in family medicine.

Doucette was one of only 12 family medicine resident physicians out of 3,200 in 400 programs in the United States to receive the award. Honorees will receive $1,000, as well as special recognition during the group’s annual meeting to be held in fall 2013 in San Diego, California.

“Emily is one of those residents who brings more to our program than she receives,” said Erika Ringdahl, MD, professor of family and community medicine and director of the MU School of Medicine’s family medicine residency program. “Her residency colleagues and supervisory faculty admire and respect her because of her passion and tireless energy as a family medicine physician.”

Doucette, who received her medical degree from MU in 2011, is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. During medical school, Doucette was a founding student member and was elected first student medical director of the MedZou Community Health Clinic, MU’s student-run, free clinic for uninsured patients.

“Thanks in large part to Emily’s hard work, MedZou has continued to flourish since its opening in 2008,” Ringdahl said. “Because of her commitment to community and service, she has made a difference in the delivery of health care to underserved patients in mid-Missouri. The medical students who work at MedZou gain valuable opportunities to apply their newly acquired health care knowledge and skills.”

Doucette currently serves as a resident physician at MU Health Care and the Family Health Center, a federally qualified community health center in Columbia. As a chief resident in her third year of residency, Doucette plans to eventually work with under- and uninsured patients in inner city St. Louis.