Local doctor honored by state physicians group

She's healed the sick and taught others to do the same.

After two decades of such efforts, Dr. Andre Huffmire has been honored for her work.

"I've always felt like teaching is something we need to do," said Huffmire, who has practiced medicine at Craig's Moffat Family Clinic since 1981.

"I've learned a lot from

my students, so it has been very rewarding."

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians named Huffmire Family Physician of the Year this month.

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians is affiliated

with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Huffmire started her career locally in family medicine in 1981,

arriving from a rural New

Mexico community following her medical internship.

She, along with partners at Moffat Family Clinic, have invited third- and fourth-year medical students from the University of Colorado--Denver Medical School for hands-on experience in Craig.

Between three to six students each year work at the clinic for "family medicine clerkships," while roughly 100 students have been part of the program since 1981, Huffmire

said.

"These students all live in Denver so it shows them what rural medicine is like," she said.

The students request where they want to do their clerkships.

"Her practice is among the most popular sites that medical students request for their six-week family medicine rotation despite its distance from the medical school, which is Denver," according to the physicians academy.

Huffmire cited several reasons for the Craig clinic's popularity.

"It's a well-rounded experience, whereas, in a big city, the work is more general," she said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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