Riverwood welcomes new RPAP student

Dan McGuire, RPAP Student at Riverwood

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to welcome Dan McGuire, 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, McGuire began seeing patients with Dr. Don 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, McGuire will also learn about obstetrics and gynecology care 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 Grand Rapids, Minn., McGuire completed his undergraduate studies at the Concordia College in Moorhead, earning a bachelor of science degree in biology.

“My mother is a nurse practitioner so I learned about a medical career growing up,” McGuire said. “I developed an interest in the sciences in high school and decided on a career in the medical field early on in college. As a physician, I want to use my skills to make a difference and improve health for others.”

Dan McGuire will live in the Aitkin area and work at Riverwood through the end of June 2019. He lives with his wife, Andie, who also grew up in Grand Rapids, and recently began working as a registered nurse at Riverwood.

McGuire likes the small town, community feeling of Aitkin County and the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including excellent hunting and fishing, two of his favorite hobbies.