Rachel Kennally spends the summer at Post Rock

July 14, 2014 | Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , ,

WP_20140707_002Rachel Kennally’s six weeks at Post Rock is quickly coming to a close.  Since June 9, Rachel has spent her days and evenings shadowing Dr. Brull in Plainville and picking the brains of the other PRFM providers.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Sabetha, KS, a small town in the NE part of the state. I graduated from Sabetha High and moved to Manhattan, KS where I attended K-State for my undergraduate studies- Go Cats! I currently live in Prairie Village and attend medical school in Kansas City.

Why did you come to Plainville?

Last fall I was assigned Dr. Brull as a mentor through the Faces in Family Medicine Program at KU. I knew from the beginning of the year that I wanted to participate in the Summer Rural Research Program and that I wanted to go somewhere that I did not know well. After corresponding with Dr. Brull and hearing about how Plainville is a great place for students to learn, I decided that Plainville would be the perfect place to spend my six weeks.

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

My main interest right now is in Primary Care, specifically Family Medicine. Most of my exposure to medicine has been with Family Physicians and I have always been drawn to the idea of caring for all aspects of a patient throughout their life. I also admire the rapport Primary Care physicians have with their patients and their immense knowledge of the human body and diseases that affect it.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

Coming from a small town and then living in a larger city has allowed me to appreciate small towns and the people in them. Everyone in Plainville and at Post Rock Family Medicine has been so welcoming! I have truly enjoyed working with all the staff members and every patient I have interacted with has been kind and open to helping me learn about Family Medicine.

Why do you like to do outside of medicine?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy running, swimming and I am slightly addicted to Netflix! In the fall, attending/watching K-State and Chiefs football games is something I look forward to every weekend.

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

I have only been through one year of medical school and most of what we spend our time on is considered “book work.” The majority of my first year was spent going to lecture and learning about medicine while staring at my computer. We had the occasional clinical experience but this summer I hope to grow in my knowledge of caring for patients. I hope to learn a great deal about caring for all ages of patients in multiple settings while in Plainville.