Angela Brennan, M.D., honored with Koefoot Award

by Ellen Jeffries, UNMC Department of Family Medicine | May 18, 2018

Image with caption: From left, UNMC Department of Family Medicine Medical Education Director Mindy Lacey, M.D.; Geoffrey Talmon, M.D.; Gretchen Vondrak, Nick Vondrak, Suzanne Hansen, Gretchen Hansen, Everett Hansen, Brad Hansen, Angela Brennan, M.D., department chair Michael Sitorius, M.D., and department vice chair Jeff Harrison, M.D.

From left, UNMC Department of Family Medicine Medical Education Director Mindy Lacey, M.D.; Geoffrey Talmon, M.D.; Gretchen Vondrak, Nick Vondrak, Suzanne Hansen, Gretchen Hansen, Everett Hansen, Brad Hansen, Angela Brennan, M.D., department chair Michael Sitorius, M.D., and department vice chair Jeff Harrison, M.D.

Passionate. Inspiring. Committed.

About the award

The Marion D. and Theodore H. Koefoot, Jr., M.D. Outstanding Preceptor in Rural Family Medicine Award was created in 2005 in memory of Dr. Theodore Koefoot, who was a charter preceptor for UNMC's rural family medicine preceptorship. The award is granted to a rural Nebraska family physician who provides outstanding teaching and mentoring of medical students during their family medicine rural preceptorship and serves as an outstanding community physician.

The award was established through a gift made to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Dr. Koefoot's wife, Marion, and his family, Gretchen and Nick Vondrak, Sarah and Gary Gernhart, Stephanie and Nicholas Vondrak, and Suzanne and Brad Hansen.

This is how students described St. Paul family physician and UNMC graduate Angela Brennan, M.D., while completing their third-year family medicine clerkship in a rural community.

"Dr. Brennan is a shining example of what a UNMC-trained, rural doctor ought to be in terms of a clinician, teacher, mentor, and community role model," said Sean Flor, a third-year medical student at UNMC who spent eight weeks with Dr. Brennan.

It is the examples set through teaching, mentorship, and as a community role model that earned Dr. Brennan the Marion D. and Theodore H. Koefoot, Jr., M.D. Outstanding Preceptor in Rural Family Medicine Award at the annual family medicine banquet on May 3.

Marion and Dr. Koefoot's daughter, Gretchen Vondrak, her husband, Nick, and granddaughter Suzanne Hansen and her husband, Brad, attended to recognize the importance of family medicine and acknowledge the influence of a preceptor's family to the medical student experience.

The highlight of the evening included a testimony from nominator and third-year medical student Derek Hutchins, who spent his rotation with Dr. Brennan.

"I feel grateful to have spent my family medicine rotation in St. Paul, and lucky that I got to learn from someone who fully embraces and lives up to the diverse skill-set of doctors in this specialty."

Several medical students were also honored at the annual banquet.

  • Hannah Baldridge received the James L. Leahy Award, given to an outstanding senior medical student who will enter the Family Medicine House Officer program at UNMC.
  • Cole Marolf received the Fay Smith Award given to a graduating UNMC medical student who has completed a family medicine clerkship and who will be entering a family medicine residency program.

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