Post Rock Welcomes Braeden Johnson

September 5, 2012 | Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Post Rock Family Medicine is happy to welcome Braeden Johnson until September 21.  Braeden will be shadowing Dr. Lynn Fisher in a rural rotation for medical school.  We recently took some time to get to know Braeden a bit better.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Leoti, KS, just off the Colorado border and an hour south of Goodland and Colby.  That’s where I graduated high school as well as lived my entire life in the same house.  My parents still live there; my mother teaches third grade and my father manages grain elevators.  My only sibling, my older brother, lives nearby in Dighton, too.

Why did you come to Plainville?

KU requires every fourth year medical student to complete a rural rotation before graduating in the Spring.  Coming to Plainville was an easy choice for me because I wanted to work with Dr. Fisher.  We first met about three years ago, right after I started medical school.  The KAFP connected me with him as a mentor practicing rural Family Medicine, so now was a great opportunity to work and learn from him while I’m at a point in my education where I can also be knowledgeable enough to help as well.

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

I’ve always wanted to be a rural Family Physician, but just recently I’ve discovered how much I love working in the Emergency Department.  The ER provides the right pace of practice for me and lets me be the first eyes to assess a new patient, which satisfies my passion for solid physician-style detective work and adrenaline of performing procedures like laceration repair, lumbar punctures, splinting fractures, chest tubes, etc.  Currently my plan is to still train in Family Medicine, but to seek a fellowship in Emergency Medicine and work full-time as an ER Physician in a town like Salina or Hays.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

Plainville has a fantastic staff and facilities, and the crew here is very used to having students here on clerkship assignments.  That part makes my job much easier since there is less time spent getting myself and those I need to work with up to speed on how a senior rural clerkship works.  The people here have also been extremely helpful, playful, and all around nice.  Perhaps the most important part is that it is only 100 miles from Salina, where my fiancee lives and works.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

Outside of medicine, I enjoy many different things.  I played basketball on scholarship at Bethel College, and I still enjoy playing and watching hoops.  I’m also a diehard Kansas Jayhawk and Kansas City Chiefs fan.  My wife-to-be, Dana, is teaching me to love sailing and fishing, too.  We enjoy taking vacations together during the peaks of winter and summer for a change of scenery for a few days, and we also like to challenge ourselves together by doing things like the Fort Hays Mud Run, which we competed in earlier in September.

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

My biggest goal during my time here is to see and learn how the Post Rock clinic and Rooks County Health Center work differently than my hometown hospital does in Leoti.  I’m not one of the kids from the city who has never lived or worked in a town like Plainville, but that doesn’t mean I know all the “ins and outs.”  The clinic also has the unique designation of a Patient-Centered Medical Home, which I believe will become the new model for primary care offices across the country, so that is exciting to see as well.