President's Award for Carter's contribution to rural medical practice
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Affiliated Community Medical Centers of Granite Fall family physician Dr. Darrell Carter, M.D. was recently announced as the recipient of the 2014 Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ (MAFP) President’s Award.
The President’s Award is given by the MAFP president to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the specialty of family medicine and the Academy.
Dr. Carter is deserving because he helped lead a grassroots effort to improve rural ER care, which in 1996, became the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Program (CALS).
CALS was under the MAFP umbrella until 2004 when it separated to form its own non-‐profit organization. Since then, close to 7,000 medical professionals have taken the course.
To date, CALS has been taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Iowa, California, Florida, Oklahoma, Canada, Kenya and Haiti.It has also been taught to staff in multiple U.S. Embassies around the world.
“Dr. Carter has worked tirelessly to improve the skills of rural ER providers and the people they serve,” said Daron Gersch, M.D., MAFP Immediate Past President.
The award was presented to Dr. Carter during the MAFP All-‐Member Celebration on Thursday, April 10.
The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students established to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota.
It is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States, with more than 103,000 members.