OAFP Foundation President, Katie Kolonic, DO and Mary Lundy present Rita Aulie with her award. Submitted photo
Rita Aulie was named the 2017 Lundy Award recipient by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians Foundation at the Academy’s Annual Spring Family Medicine Weekend held at Sunriver Resort on April 22. The monetary award and plaque was presented to Rita by OAFP President, Kathryn Kolonic, DO, and the awards’ namesake, Mary Gonzales Lundy.
The Lundy Award was established in 2000 to honor Mary Gonzales Lundy upon her retirement after 21 years of service as Executive Director of the Academy. This fund provides a scholarship to a fourth year OHSU medical students who is entering a family medicine residency. The awardee is chosen by the trustees of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board on the basis of an essay that describes the individual’s top two qualities and how these qualities could be incorporated into their ideal practice, as well as having the candidate describe a situation that personally challenged them and how they overcame this challenge. This year the board was honored to be able to honor two students with this award, Bryan Wu and Rita Aulie.
Rita grew up in Redmond, Oregon and her path to family medicine began early. As she tells us, “Growing up in Redmond, I knew there was a shortage of family doctors. It was pretty clear to me that if rural family medicine doctors are what we need, then that is what I should do.”
Rita graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon with a BS in Biochemistry. Her dedication to community service and leadership has been inherent throughout her years at OHSU: she was a co-leader of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG); the Rural Health Interest Group; the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and she was a Rural Scholar. She was a medical student volunteer at the Southwest Portland Community Health Clinic and the Vancouver New Heights Clinic. Somehow, she also found time to participate in a community orchestra and perform for members of a local assisted living facility. She was the student liaison for the 2016 Japan Primary Care Conference in Tokyo, showing students how to start an FMIG program. As an Oregon First student, Rita has spent this past year at Cascades East Family Medicine Residency Program in Klamath Falls, where she will begin her residency this summer.
Upon receiving this award, Rita stated, “I’m so grateful for the support the OAFP Foundation has provided me throughout medical school and for the honor of the Lundy Award. I am looking forward to being able to pay it forward to a future generation of medical students some day!”