Jacob Morgan, a native of Stockton, is in his final week shadowing Dr. Loney.
Where are you from?
I am from right here in Stockton, Ks. I graduated from Stockton High School and completed my undergraduate degree at Fort Hays State University. I am currently in my third year of medical school at Kansas University School of Medicine in Kansas City, Ks.
Why did you come to Stockton?
I came to Stockton for several reasons but the main reasons are as follows. First, I have heard nothing but great things about the doctors and staff from my fellow classmates who have also rotated through Stockton. Second, it is nice to be around familiar faces and see how everyone I grew up with is doing these days. Third, I knew my mom would do my laundry!
What do you hope to be when you’re out of school? Why?
Currently, I am thinking about a career in surgery. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and I believe a career in surgery can fulfill that passion while at the same time being able to practice medicine and care for patients. I will add that I have an open mind at this point and may choose a different specialty in the end, but the one aspect of medicine that I definitely prefer is working in the rural setting.
What do you like about shadowing in Stockton?
Everything! The atmosphere that the doctors and staff have created is top notch. I hope that in the future I will be able to model my own practice after the one here in Stockton. So far my favorite aspect of being here in Stockton is the access that I have to the patients and doctors. Being at KU for the past two and half years has me made appreciate the access that I have to the doctors and staff here in Stockton.
Why do you like to do outside of medicine?
I like a variety of activities. I like to exercise when it can fit into my schedule. I also like to tinker on things. My dad has worked as a mechanic before and I’ve been able to pick up a few things from him through the years. I think it would be neat to restore an old hot rod in the future when I have a little more time and money. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family as much as I can.
What do you hope to learn during your rotation in Stockton?
My main goal is to gain experience in diagnosing and managing patients with a wide variety of ailments as well as increasing my clinical exam abilities. At the end of my third year of medical school is the Step 2 test that in comprised of a standardized test as well as a clinical skills exam. It is my hope that my time here in Stockton will help me perform as well as I can on the test as well as aid me in my future practice.