New RPAP medical student

Cory Bushmann, RPAP medical student

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome Cory Buschmann, a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School who is participating in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP).

Through the RPAP program, a third-year medical student lives in a rural community for nine months and participates in rotations of hospital and clinic care of patients under the supervision of local physicians. In October, Buschmann began an 8-week rotation with Dr. Donald Hughes, Riverwood Family Practice physician who acts as the primary mentor and trainer for resident physicians and medical students at Riverwood.

In the months ahead, Buschmann will also learn about obstetrics and gynecology care with Drs. Michael and Rachel Cady, OB/GYN specialists and surgeons, and spend time observing surgical care from local surgeons. He will see patients in clinic, hospital, emergency room, nursing homes, hospice and within the community.

A native of Chanhassen, a suburb of Minneapolis, Buschmann completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.  He enjoys traveling and studied abroad in Costa Rica for five months while an undergrad student.

“The first couple years of medical school I enjoyed participating in the Family Medicine Interest Group, volunteering at the student-run free clinic, and leading a diabetes support and education group,” Buschmann says. “What I like about the RPAP program is the intensive, one-on-one training and the opportunity to get a lot of hands-on, direct patient care experience.”

 Fresh from medical school where the latest medical trends and research are shared in the classroom, Buschmann feels he can add value to rural patient care by applying this knowledge of new medical advances, such as the effectiveness of ACE inhibitors—a group of drugs used primarily to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. With a special interest in adolescent health, he will be pursuing a project on adolescent sexual health and vaccines as part of his RPAP experience.

Buschmann will be living in Aitkin and working at Riverwood through the end of June.  Outside of work, he enjoys playing hockey, running and biking, and basketball.

 Media contact: Arlene Wheaton, Riverwood Healthcare, (218) 927-5589, awheaton@riverwoodhealthcare.org

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