PMC Welcomes Dandi Richardson

May 14, 2011 | News, Students | By: Jennifer Brull | Tags: ,

Plainville Medical Clinic is delighted to welcome Danielle (Dandi) Richardson to Plainville for her family medicine rotation.  Dandi will be with us until June 17th, working with Dr. Brull.  We asked her to share a little bit about herself.  Please say hello when you see her around Plainville!

Where are you from?
I am from Overland Park, KS.

Why did you come to Plainville?
My family medicine rotation is very important to me because I plan I going into family medicine.  I knew that I would have a great experience if I went to a rural site where I could participate in a full range of family medicine including inpatient care, outpatient care and community outreach.  I chose Plainville to do a rural rotation because I heard that Dr. Brull was very enthusiastic about Family Medicine and a fantastic teacher.

What do you hope to be when you grow up?  Why?
I studied in a small town in Chile during my senior year of high school.  That year changed my life.  I lived with a wonderful family who could not always afford gas or water for their home.  I experienced firsthand how difficult it was for them to access health care.  I returned to Kansas determined to become a doctor to provide health care in developing communities around the word.  Before I went to medical school I was an AmeriCorps volunteer in an underserved, Hispanic community in Colorado.  This experience helped me appreciate the need for help here in the US.  My goal as a physician is to provide care for underserved people in the United States as well as around the world.

What do you like about spending a rotation in Plainville?
I love working with Dr. Brull and everyone else in the family medicine clinic.  Also, everyone in the entire hospital is friendly.  The patients are always happy to let me help with their care.  I am very active in all aspects of family medicine.  In the first week of my rotation, I have already cared for patients in the ER, intubated patients in the OR, sutured a laceration, rounded on patients in the hospital, dictated a discharge summary, done a knee joint steroid injection, removed skin tags, placed a wrist cast, gone to speak at a middle school about being a doctor, and gone to neighboring schools to do sports physicals!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to do anything outside.  I love to hike, camp, garden, swim, play tennis, and dance.  I also love to travel.

What do you hope to learn on your rotation in Plainville besides medicine?
I grew up in the Overland Park/Kansas City area, and don’t have a lot of experience in small town life.  I hope to learn what small town life is all about.  I have already come to appreciate the beauty Plainville has to offer.  Sometimes we drive to other neighboring towns for clinic.  The scenery I see on these drives is breathtaking.  From now on, when someone comes to visit me from out of town, I will take them to see the rolling hills of the Plainville area.