On June 2, Pawnee's Richard Jackson, MD, was recognized by the UNMC Department of Family Medicine as the 2021 recipient of the Marion D. and Theodore H. Koefoot, Jr., MD, Outstanding Preceptor in Rural Family Medicine Award.
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. Dr. Jackson was nominated by students who, over the years, have completed medical student rotations with him in Pawnee City.
The Koefoot Award was created in 2005 in memory of Theodore Koefoot, MD. He was a charter preceptor for UNMC's rural family medicine preceptorship. The award was established through a gift made to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Dr. Koefoot's wife, Marion, and his daughter Gretchen Vondrak.
Joseph Rohr, MD, PhD, chief resident in the UNMC Department of Pathology, completed a clerkship with Dr. Jackson at the Pawnee County Rural Health Clinic in 2017.
He called Dr. Jackson "a wonderful teacher, who gave me the ability to make my own mistakes the first time, then taught me how to not make them again; a wonderful conversationalist about the world, history, politics and life in and outside of medicine; a fount of knowledge on the physical and mental aspects of running, wisdom that I still employ to this day."
Congratulations Rick. Get to see pictures of you and Barb. Thanks for you countless years of teaching - I was one of the earliest to benefit! Best wishes, Jim O'Dell