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Paynesville Press - March 6, 2002

Dr. Strate become joins adjunct staff at U

Larry Strate, M.D., of Paynesville, has been appointed an adjunct instructor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Adjunct faculty members teach medical students and residents during classes and rotations at area hospitals and clinics.

Dr. Strate is a member of the Paynesville Medical Group that is associated with the Paynesville Area Health Care System (PAHCS). He has clinic hours at the Paynesville Area Medical Clinic and the Watkins Area Medical Clinic.

Dr. Strate is currently serving as the primary preceptor for Katie Sutter, a third-year medical student spending nine months at PAHCS through the Rural Physician Associate Program. PAHCS has participated in RPAP since 1998.

“Our community-based clinical faculty members play a critical role in educating future physicians,” said Dr. Alfred Michael, dean of the medical school. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Strate to our faculty and I am deeply appreciative that he has elected to pass his superb medical skills to our students.”

Medical students and residents work with community physicians to gain practical experience in specialities including medicine, psychiarty, obstetrics, gynecology, heurology, pediatrics, surgery, and family practice. Students observe and interview patients, discuss patient's specific health concerns, and make diagnoses and propose treatments under the supervision of community physicians.

Physicians are appointed to the adjunct faculty based on clinical expertise, instructional skills, and motivation. They must be recommended by a selection committee.

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