What did you learn during your rural rotation?
My immersion into rural medicine was so much more than I could ever have anticipated. I have grown significantly in my confidence in my primary care skills. I am able to triage patients quickly and be efficient with clinical encounters. I refined my anticipatory guidance during well child checks and had a chance to read broadly about the latest evidence-based practices in primary care. I especially enjoyed seeing a large volume of patients and even having continuity with several parents within the community.
What was the biggest highlight for you?
Perhaps the greatest highlight of my time in Monticello was the privilege of working with Dr. Joe Mahoney. He has been one of my greatest role models in medicine. I admired his wisdom, his humility, and his thoughtfulness. He cares deeply for his patients and families, and it was refreshing to see how a pediatrician immersed within his community can advocate for his patients. I appreciated how frequently he follows up with his patients and his eagerness to practice evidence-based medicine. He also skillfully cultivated a collaborative and enthusiastic learning environment amongst trainees at all levels. His joy for what he does is inspiring.
What does it mean to you to have received support from Minnesota Masonic Charities?
I was struck by how fortunate I am when I realized that my rural rotation in Monticello has been one of my favorite rotations of residency. If this rotation has been so formative for me, I can only imagine what an impact it would have on many more of my resident colleagues. I hope that we can continue to expand resident experiences in rural medicine. I am grateful to have had this opportunity and consider it a great privilege to have been able to practice in Monticello.