Post Rock Welcomes Erin Locke

January 9, 2013 | News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , ,

Erin Locke, a 4th year Medical Student from Kansas University Medical Center has joined the Post Rock team through January 25.  She can be seen in Dr. Brull’s clinic and Doctors Without Delay or even roaming the halls of the Rooks County Health Center as she prepares for her upcoming Residency Program.

Where are you from?

I grew up in WaKeeney, KS, just an hour away from Plainville.  As a member of the MCL I visited Plainville often for sports activities.  My dad was Marlin Locke, who grew up in the Stockton and Natoma area, and I love to hear the stories my patients share with me about my family!  After high school I headed to South Bend, IN, to attend the University of Notre Dame before returning to Kansas for medical school.  I am currently finishing up school in Wichita, and, random fact, I live in the old Wichita High School building.  My apartment used to be the science classroom, which I find very appropriate as science is my favorite subject!

Why did you come to Plainville?

My initial experience with Dr. Brull in Plainville came after my first year of medical school.  It was such a remarkable learning experience that there was no question I would return during my rural rotation in my fourth year of school.  The medical community in Plainville is very strong and proactive with good support from the community.  I consider it to be one of the leading family medicine practices in the state.  I hope someday to work in a similar environment.

What do you hope to be when you’re out of school? Why?

I plan to practice family medicine, and I am currently in the middle of the residency interview season.  Family medicine physicians are required to have a broad knowledge of disease and health across the entire age spectrum, which appeals greatly to me.  In addition, I received a Masters in Public Health from KU while in med school, and I hope to apply the principles of public health and preventive medicine to my practice someday.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

I enjoy the autonomy that is provided in Plainville.  Dr. Brull allows me to see her patients first and decide my own diagnosis and treatment plan before she gently steers me in the right direction.  Fortunately, I am heading in the right direction on my own much more often now than when I was a first year student!  The staff is also very welcoming, and it is a very comfortable and relaxing work environment. 

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

My first few years of medical school did not afford me with much free time; however, I have recently been broadening my horizons.  My interests include traveling, photography, reading, and yoga.  A few months ago I went hiked in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and recently I went skiing for the first time in twelve years.  Believe it or not, it really is like riding a bike!  I used to run competitively, but now I enjoy running in races with a twist, such as the Color Run or the Zombie Run.  Future activities include an international medical rotation and safari in Tanzania, Africa.  Lastly, I am a bit of a cat lady with two fat, loving kitties named Harley and Jasper.  Sometimes it is good to just curl up on the couch with my purring babies.

What do you hope to learn on your rotation in Plainville?

My two main goals for my time in Plainville are efficiency and autonomy.  In a few short months I will be a physician and expected to know what I am doing and why.  This is a great opportunity for me to practice without the pressure.