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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Medical student mentor returns to Rolla

  • Barnett joins Mercy Clinic
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  • A chemist known for mentoring medical students in rural Missouri is returning to his roots.
    Mark Barnett, M.D., Ph.D., has joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Rolla.
    “I’ve been interested in medicine for a very long time,” said the eastern Missouri native.
    He attended Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) to earn his undergraduate and graduate degrees, and then taught as assistant professor of chemistry at Northern State University in South Dakota for three years.
    “After that, I went out to the Boston area where I worked as chief chemist for a company that was the first in the nation to make equipment and ink for printing on wire and cable, such as that found in the telecommunications and automotive industries,” he said.
    Dr. Barnett’s interest in medicine only intensified during his time on the East Coast.
    “I was able to take a few courses and catch up on my pre-requisites. I wanted to go back and contribute to the community where I felt most at home,” Barnett said.
    So he received his medical education and completed his residency in the department of family and community medicine with the University of Missouri–Columbia. He’s now board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
    Dr. Barnett has been involved with the Mid-Missouri Area Health Education Center, an organization that recruits students who are interested in serving in primary care for underserved counties.
    “As a UMR graduate, I was invited to teach one of the academies for high school students looking to get into the field. At the same time, it actually helped me prepare for medical school myself,” he said.
    “As a med student, I worked closely with Dr. Huss and Dr. Felts at Mercy. I knew it’s where I wanted to be. It’s a model clinic with state-of-the-art facilities and a great layout. I’m looking forward to practicing here.”
    In his free time, Dr. Barnett focuses on his fitness, whether it’s walking or weightlifting.
    “I’m an avid health nut,” he said. “I also love cooking, reading, and catching up on journals on the weekend. I’m also an aspiring novice at the cello; it’s a struggle to find time to practice, but I’m actively seeking a cello instructor.”

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