David C. Eitrheim, MD Rural Resident Memorial Scholarship
The David C. Eitrheim, MD Rural Resident Memorial Scholarship will award $10,000 annually to a first year resident in a Wisconsin residency program who demonstrates an interest and commitment to rural family medicine. The purpose of the award is to help offset expenses incurred with rural rotations and to fund attendance at an AAFP Annual Meeting.
WAFP Past-President, Dr. David C. Eitrheim completed his undergraduate training at Augsburg College and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine in 1983. A 1986 graduate of Sioux Falls Family Practice residency program, he practiced for five months in Cameroon, Africa before joining the practice at Red Cedar Clinic in Menomonie, WI. He lived in Menomonie with his wife since 1987 where they raised two children. His accomplishments over the course of his career have always been patient-focused. Dr. Eitrheim initiated innovative patient care into his practice by changing processes and focusing on building a team-based care system that empowered his clinic staff and encouraged patient involvement in their own care. Dr. Eitrheim says being a family doctor in a small town is "continuous care of your friends and neighbors." " My care (for my patients) is more than just a moral obligation, it is a desire to help friends and their families have a better life," he says. Dr. Eitrheim also established one of the first rural training tracks in Wisconsin.
The creation of this scholarship honors the gifts that Dave C. Eitrheim, MD has contributed to family medicine, and establishes an ongoing legacy of rural family medicine physician engagement and leadership in Wisconsin.
In January of each year the WAFP-Foundation will accept applicants from each Wisconsin Family Medicine Residency Training program and Rural Training Track. Applicants will be required to complete an application form and submit a personal statement indicating their interest in rural family medicine and their intent to stay in Wisconsin to practice. The application will also require a letter of reference from the residency director or faculty member.
Criteria to be considered includes the following:
- Current and future WI rural training experience and exposure
- Applicant must be a first-year resident in good academic standing in a WI Family Medicine Residency Program or Rural Training Track
- Must be a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians/Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
- Candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to rural family medicine
Thank you for honoring Dr. Eitrheim with your support
of rural family medicine and the WAFP-Foundation.