Dr. Wendling is a rural family physician in Northern Michigan and a professor and director of the Rural Health Curriculum for Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She has received many awards including MSU-CHM’s Outstanding Curriculum Contribution Award in 2019, The Arnold P. Gold Humanism Award for MSU-CHM in 2015, MSU-CHM’s Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty award in 2012, the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2004, and the American Academy of Family Physician’s Pfizer Teacher Development Award in 2000. Dr. Wendling has been on the editorial board for the Family Medicine journal for over ten years, including serving as editor of the Dedicated Issue on Rural Health, and currently serves as an assistant editor for the journal. She is a founding associate editor for Peer Reviewed Innovations in Medical Education Research (PRIMER), a journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Wendling lectures on rural medicine and regularly precepts students in her rural practice. She has presented and published widely on supporting the rural and primary care health workforce, and is a speaker and course director for The Center for Medical Education’s National Family Medicine Board Review Course. In 2018, Dr. Wendling was named the Michigan Rural Health Professional of the Year by the Michigan Center for Rural Health, and in 2020 was the National Rural Health Association’s Outstanding Educator of the Year.
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