In August, third year medical student, Jens Johnson, spent eight weeks in his hometown of Chadron, Nebraska for his rural community Family Medicine rotation.
Jens spent time at Chadron Medical Clinic and Chadron Community Hospital and shared some of his experiences and appreciation for his hometown.
- What was the most rewarding part of your rural rotation?
The most rewarding part about a rural rotation is the ability to practice the skills and knowledge that I have spent the last two years learning about. All of the doctors that I had the pleasure to work with let me participate in procedures, deliveries, complicated cases, ER cases, difficult patients, etc. Without any other students or residents there, I was able to participate in the patient care more than I ever thought possible for a third year medical student. This experience is something that cannot be gained anywhere else.
- What is the most valuable thing you learned during your time in Chadron?
It’s difficult to narrow this question down to a single topic. If I had to pick one, I would say a newfound respect for the rural primary care health professional. The ability to manage complicated patients, emergency situations, and a demanding clinic schedule without consistent specialist or state-of-the-art technological assistance impressed me more than I can convey in this question. The sheer amount of knowledge and experience needed to practice in an area like that is challenging. Every doctor I worked with was decisive and well informed. They showed me that I needed to stay current on information, stay confident, and still be someone that can be relied on.
- How has your perspective about medicine changed?
As a student that is interested in nearly every medical field and practice, being able to see how rural hospitals and rural practitioners function completely peaked my interest in Family Medicine. I went into this rotation with some major questions about what field I wanted to eventually fall in to. I had the vast majority of these questions answered in a very positive way. Unless another rotation absolutely blows me away, I’m confident that I will become a family physician in a rural area.
- How has your perspective about Family Medicine changed?
As I said above, I would need a fairly convincing rotation to change my mind about going into Family Medicine. I loved nearly everything about the field in a rural setting.
- Final thoughts?
And student that has even the slightest interest in Family Medicine should go to Chadron for their rotation. The doctors there let me be as involved as I wanted to be (which was as much as possible). Even if the student has interests in other fields such as ER, OB, or surgery, the amount of experience that I gleaned from these areas is tough to match. I absolutely loved it.
Medical student, Alexis Erbst and Dr. Ryan Banks
Ryan Banks, MD, is an University of Nebraska Medicine Center medical school graduate and an alum of the Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Banks now serves as a provider and rural preceptor for UNMC students in O’Neill, Nebraska for Avera Medical Group. Dr. Banks served as a preceptor in November 2015 for third year student Alexis Erbst and shares why his experience as a preceptor has been so rewarding.
As a medical student, what do you remember most about your rural rotation?
I was able to get a lot of experience on my rural rotation with clinical work, ER and OB. I enjoyed working with all the physicians and got to see how to practice medicine from multiple views.
Why did you become a preceptor?
I think precepting is a great way to give back to those who taught me; plus I think you can learn a lot from the medical students. It can be challenging but always is rewarding. I think it reflects positively on your clinic and the patients always enjoy seeing the medical student.
What skills do you enjoy teaching?
I enjoying teaching the “hands-on” skills such as OB, endoscopies, joint injections and taking care of skin lesions.
What advice would you give to others considering precepting?
I think precepting has been a rewarding experience. I enjoy inspiring students whether they are going to go into family practice or not. I think you are never too old to learn, and it has kept me sharp throughout the years.
Family Medicine house officer II, Jamil Neme, MD, was named February’s Resident of the Month.
Dr. Neme has done an exceptional job representing the Family Medicine program. He willingly did many coffee tours, lunches, and dinner for resident candidates and recently participated in a panel for religion in healthcare – specifically speaking about care of the Muslim patient.
Congratulations and thank you, Dr. Neme!
The third edition of Taylor’s Differential Diagnosis Manual: Symptoms and Signs in the Time-Limited Encounter has recently been published in Japanese.
The English language version was edited by Family Medicine faculty members, Paul Paulman, MD; Audrey Paulman, MD, MMM; Jeffrey Harrison, MD; and Kimberly Jarzynka, MD. Several other Family Medicine faculty members contributed to the book.
This is the first version available in Japanese.
Fourth year medical student, Christina Nguyen moved to the United States from Vietnam when she was twelve years old. She returned to Vietnam this month to complete FMED 761, a global health elective.
Christina will complete a rotation at the Institute for Community Health Research-Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Hue City, Vietnam. The rotation will explore the health care system in Vietnam, traditional alternative medicine in Vietnam, and a small project.
The project will focus on assessing the level of awareness and understanding of Vietnamese parents and elementary school teachers about ADHD.