Cara Crawford-Bartle, MD, receives Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award

Marquette Mich – Dr. Cara Crawford-Bartle of the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, UP Health System – Marquette, was announced as the winner of the Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award by the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).

The criteria outlined by the MAFP for this award includes exemplary patient care, leadership, commitment to the community, contributions to scholarly activity, and dedication to the specialty of Family Medicine.

“In the family medicine clinic, Cara has displayed extraordinary work ethic, empathy and determination to do everything possible to ensure optimal care for her patients,” said Program Director, Brian Waite, MD. “She has gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for the sickest patients, especially those dealing with addiction.”

The prestigious award also highlights Crawford-Bartle’s community impact with the successful implementation of a needle exchange program.

Assistant Director, Patrick Huffer, MD, explains, “Cara is the driving force behind several of the most significant quality improvement projects our clinic/community have seen in recent years. Early during intern year she expressed a passion for learning about and advancing the treatment for patients with substance use disorders. Of her own accord and without any faculty prodding, she approached our county health department leaders and worked with them to pilot a syringe exchange program for patients who use intravenous drugs. The legwork required to get this project off the ground ‑ including attending meetings, applying for grant funding, breaking down barriers of stigma and red tape ‑ cannot be overstated.”

Cara was selected as co-Chief Resident in 2019 and serves on the Inpatient Medicine Committee.  She and her husband Darren have three children ages one to four. Outside of work Cara likes to run, mountain bike, snowboard, downhill ski and most of all, spend time with her kids and husband.

“Cara is a leader in her class,” said Residency Coordinator, Rachel Bush. “She is encouraging to everyone and when she speaks, they listen and respect what she has to say.”

Cara is an alumnus of Northern Michigan University, having received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. She earned her medical degree at Wayne State University, School of Medicine before starting residency at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program.

About Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region
The MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus works in conjunction with the UP Health System-Marquette to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its inception in 1974, 298 medical students and 204 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs. Currently, approximately 30 percent of the students who graduated from MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus and 39 percent of family medicine resident graduates are practicing across the Upper Peninsula Region.

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