In mid-September, I began my six weeks of family medicine. For my first week, I spent time at a community hospital on inpatient family medicine. Our hours were set to be 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM plus a half-day on Saturday morning. Family Medicine seemed very similar to Internal Medicine in this setting. I think one of my favorite parts of this week, in addition to seeing my patients, of course, was having access to the physician lounge. Free breakfast and lunch—did I mention the soft serve? Needless to say, it was a good thing I was only there for a week, or so my waistline says.
Then, I spent one week at a university clinic. I had an absolutely delightful experience with my attending and wish I had more time with her. She is a full-time physician, full-time mom, and quite the role model and advocate for medical students. She serves on Board of Trustees and past president of Central Medical Society and serves as current Vice Chair of Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Medical Association. I can imagine she holds many other titles and accomplishments, but I want to highlight the fact that she is an all-around incredible person. She taught me so many things—life lessons, clinical knowledge, confidence, and so much more. I’m forever grateful for my week of learning with Dr. Bryan—I look forward to working alongside her advocating for our patients!
I spent my last four weeks away with my preceptor, Dr. Rebekah Moulder. This was hands down one of the best months I could have ever imagined. I’m convinced I had the best preceptor EVER. She is caring, kind, brilliant, and she taught me more than you could know. She is also a full-time physician, full-time mom, and an incredible role model for young, budding physicians. Where do I even begin with the impact she and her patients made on me? Her patience, genuine attitude, and positive outlook make her one of the most personable and talented physicians in primary care. Dr. Moulder and her patients taught me what it means to care for others with compassion. They taught me how to treat the person, not just the disease.
Overall, I couldn’t have had a more pleasant rotation experience. I’m forever grateful for my experience with Dr. Bryan and Dr. Moulder. Their encouragement and investment in me speak to the types of physicians they are, and I strive to be that one day.