Post Rock Welcomes Chris Miller

July 7, 2012 | Students, Uncategorized | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , ,

Post Rock was happy to have Chris Miller join us for the last couple of weeks. Chris spent time with Post Rock shadowing Dr. Sanchez after having recently graduated from Northwestern University.  Chris is currently applying to medical schools.

Where are you from?

My dad is a retired Air Force surgeon, so we moved around a lot when I was a kid.  Eventually we settled in Colorado Springs for my middle school and high school life.  I went to college near Chicago, and after this summer I plan on returning to Colorado Springs.

Why did you come to Plainville?

A few years ago, my dad set up a practice in Hays.  He had been in contact with Dr. Sanchez and he put me in touch.  I had just finished up undergrad and I was eager to shadow doctors and gain a better understanding of medical practice.  I am interested in family and community health and this provided the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about it.  Currently I’m working on medical school applications and my experience in Plainville has reinforced my desire to be a doctor.

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

Well, first I have to get into school!  If that ever happens, I’m still not sure what I’d like to specialize in.  However, my experiences over the past few weeks have certainly helped me lean towards family medicine.  I really like the strong relationship between health providers and the community in Plainville, and I think it is important for doctors to get to know their patients.  I also like how family medicine practitioners get to work in different areas of medicine.  In undergrad, I studied global health and I would love to do some international health work in the future.  I think family medicine would be very suited to that.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

I have really enjoyed the people – patients and staff – that I’ve gotten to meet.  The patients are all very welcoming and the staff has been willing to let me follow them around for two weeks.  I’ve also loved the opportunity to see a little bit of everything here.  I’ve gotten to watch surgeries, stress tests, emergency room procedures, check-ups, scopes, and even a birth!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

I like spending time with my family and friends.  I love to go camping, go hiking, and find new adventures.  I try to play basketball, but the only thing I have going for me is my height.  I’m also a huge Denver Nuggets fan.

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

I hope to learn about building patient-provider relationships.  Early on in my shadowing, I was able to see the important role that Rooks County Health Center plays in the community, and I think it comes down to the strong relationships between health providers and the people they serve.