Family medicine resident earns recognition for healthy efforts

Matthew Nelson
Dr. Matthew Nelson

A doctor enrolled in the family medicine residency program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction has received national recognition for his efforts.

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Foundation have named Dr. Matthew Nelson as their 2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Family Medicine. 

The award is the first for a resident in Colorado.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to win this recognition,” Nelson said. “I’m so fortunate to be in a field that I love surrounded by health care professionals who strive everyday to make a difference in their patients’ lives. The family medicine residency program has been a perfect fit for me as I prepare for a lifetime of service and fun in rural medicine.”

The Outstanding Resident of the Year Award recognizes the top residents in postdoctoral training programs across the United States. Award recipients demonstrate a combination of clinical promise, leadership and commitment to osteopathic patient-centered care.

Many of the award recipients have gone on to become national and world leaders in health care and research.

“It’s an outstanding testament to Dr. Nelson’s dedication, determination and commitment to medicine, and it’s a tremendous honor for our program to have a resident to receive an honor of this magnitude,” said Dr. Sherman Straw, medical director of St. Mary’s family medicine.

“He is the best of the best, and I have no doubt he will be an integral leader in the future of health care,” Straw added.

Nelson is a third-year resident at St. Mary’s Medical Center with an honors track in obstetrics. He’s a leader in community outreach with a commitment to addressing the health care needs of underserved populations.

Nelson attributes his interests in part to his experiences working with the Navajo nation as an anthropology graduate student.

Nelson graduated from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in 2015, where he also received a masters in public health degree.