ISPP 2015

Career Opportunities in Pharmacy
Rural Medicine

(uptempo guitar music) – Growing up in Bloomfield, that was an excellent place to grow up. It’s a type of place where
people leave their door unlocked and you trust your neighbor, and being a small school
and a small community. The people that you saw at school, and the teachers you would see
on Sunday morning at church. You would see at the grocery store. Everyone knew everyone. Everyone felt safe, and
as a kid growing up. It was just a fantastic place to grow up. You felt free. It was great. (uptempo guitar music) Early on, when I was in the first grade. I wrote an essay that
I wanted to be a doctor or a top gun fighter pilot and a third baseman
playing Atlanta Braves. Two of those didn’t work out but I always felt that being
a physician was something that was achievable if I worked hard enough. In medical school, I
had to make a decision what I wanted to do. I had to apply to residences
and when I got to thinking of all the things I liked about medicine. I liked kids but I also
liked women’s health, and I liked seeing people with diabetes. I thought that was challenging, and so I feel like you’re
a jack of all trades. It’s pretty special. I feel like I get to
come home to my hometown and practice medicine. It gives you a sense of pride. You have people coming up to you or even coming up to my dad
at the bank and being like, hey, I saw your son yesterday, and I’m really happy he’s here. One of the things I think was
very effective about the rural medical education program was
that early on in our training within the first year of our training, they connected us with physician mentors who could teach us clinical
aspects of medicine and bedside manner, and really
serve as role models for us. To become the future
physicians that we wanna be, and getting us out into those communities, and with doctors and just
seeing what family medicine, what rural medicine is about. And then that’s the best thing you can do for someone I think is just
hooking up with a mentor, and let them experience it for themselves. Everyone who has a job wants some purpose and you need a purpose
for what you’re doing. And I would say just
at the end of the day, I honestly feel like
I’m leaving the office and I’ve done good by my community, and that if I wasn’t here that I don’t feel like the patients and the population of
Bloomfield and Greene County would be as healthy. It would be one less
doctor to provide them care and we’re already have a
shortage of physicians. So I think it’s just the
sense that when you go home at the end of the day, you actually feel like you’re doing good. It makes you wanna come
back again the next day and do some more. (uptempo guitar music)

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