Rooks County welcomes the return of James Dinkel

July 1, 2014 | News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

James Dinkel, a native of Plainville, is in the midst of a six week program shadowing Dr. Dan Sanchez.  This experience through the Kansas University School of Medicine has offered him a taste of practical medical education and has offered insight on his future plans as a medical provider.

Where are you from?

I grew up here in Plainville.  For college I stayed with small towns and went to Sterling College in Sterling, KS.  I graduated and worked as an IT systems administrator in El Dorado, KS for several years before finishing up required classes for medical school.  I moved to Kansas City, KS 2 years ago to attend KU School of Medicine which is where I currently reside.

Why did you come to Plainville?

I was very excited to get into the rural summer program at KU-SOM.  I’m still considering different specialties, but one thing I do know is I love living in rural Kansas and this gives me an early exposure to what it’s like practicing rural medicine.  I chose Plainville because I grew up here and I could stay with my parents during the program, which also made it easier to spend some time with my wife and kids when the kids stayed here for a week.  I’ve also followed what has been happening with medical care in Plainville and am excited to get an inside look into the progress being made here.

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

I really enjoy obstetrics and working with kids.  But I also like the versatility of Family Medicine and being able to treat all generations of a family.  Since Family Medicine would let me combine several areas of interests, it is definitely high on my list.  I’ve also been interested in General Surgery and the time I’ve been able to spend in the operating room has been very exciting and has reinforced that interest.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

It’s great to see the familiar faces and also to catch up on how things have changed over the years.  I love the small town atmosphere and friendly community of people.  I’ve also gotten a lot of great exposure to patient cases that can be more difficult to get involved in at a larger hospital.  The doctors here are also not only incredibly knowledgeable but very committed to teaching, which is great for the new crop of future doctors to be better trained and better prepared for our future in medicine.  It also translates to also being great for our future patients.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids.  I love playing outside or playing video games with my boys or even playing dolls with my daughter.  Then it’s nice to just sit, relax, and watch a TV show or movie with my wife.

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

So far my education has been all about the academic side of medicine and how things work physiologically.  I hope to be able to take what I’ve learned in the past year at med school and see how it applies to real life people.  I hope to reinforce the concepts I’ve learned and then gain new understanding in why different approaches are taken and when different treatment options work better based on the individual person.  I also feel like I’ve already improved a lot in how comfortable I am with patients, gathering information, and being able to communicate that information effectively to other doctors.  It is also giving me more insight into the specialties I am considering after med school.