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Namedroppers: Tyler Gress

• Tyler Donald Gress has been accepted to the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth for the Fall of 2010. Tyler is the son of Glenn and Lori Gress of Dilworth and the grandson of Char Schloeder of Wadena.

Tyler graduated from Wadena-Deer Creek High School in 2006 and graduated cum laude from Concordia College-Moorhead in 2009 with a degree in biology/chemistry. Gress chose the Medical School Duluth based on the potential opportunity to participate in the Rural Physician Associate Program. RPAP is a unique opportunity in clinical training wherein third-year medical students live and train for nine months in non-metropolitan communities under the supervision of preceptors who are family practice physicians. These preceptors mentor students in the professional and personal aspects of being a physician. RPAP students learn clinical medicine, procedures, community health, and the business of medicine. They experience the full spectrum of rural medical care as they follow patients and their families through a disease process or pregnancy. Students see patients in clinic, hospital, emergency room, nursing homes, hospice, at home, and in the community. Each student is the only student in a community and therefore has a greater opportunity to get hands-on experience in a variety of procedures and specialties.

Over the past several years, Dr. Tim Schmitt and Dr. Matt Yelle of Wadena Medical Center provided Tyler with the influence and mentoring to attend medical school.