Post Rock Welcomes Ashley Bloom

September 13, 2012 | News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Medical student Ashley Bloom has joined up with Dr. Brull in completing a rural rotation here with Post Rock Family Medicine.  Ashley will be with us until September 21.  We recently asked her to share a bit about herself with the community:
Where are you from?
I spent half of my childhood in Garden City, then moved to Buhler (outside of Hutch) where I went to middle and high school. I lived in Lawrence for 5 years when I attended KU (Rockchalk!), and I’m now in Kansas City for med school. My family lives in Overland Park now, so it’s safe to say I’m pretty much from all over Kansas.
Why did you come to Plainville?
I have heard incredible things from other medical students about their experiences working with Dr. Brull. I also really wanted to get a real sense of practicing rural medicine, since I plan to practice Family Medicine in an underserved community.
What do you hope to be when you’re out of school? Why?
I plan to be a Family Doctor. I’m extremely interested in Women and Child Health and plan to do additional training in Obstetrics so that I’m comfortable handling both low and high risk OB patients in addition to having a full scope practice. I love the long-term interactions and relationships you develop with patients in Family Medicine, I also like the challenge of the variety in caring for patients of all ages from cradle to grave. Finally, I really value the opportunity to serve my community on a daily basis.

What do you like about spending a rotation in Plainville?
Everyone is so nice! It’s great to be back in a smaller community, and I love the variety of patient care I get to deliver. All of the providers and patients at Post Rock are very welcoming and want to include me in providing medical care, which I consider to be a huge privilege.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
My boyfriend, Jay, and I love to go camping or hiking with our dog, Brinkley. When we’re in town, you’ll find me hanging out eating KC barbecue with my nerdy med school friends. We love checking out some of the sporting, music, or art events going on in Kansas City. I’m currently training for the Kansas City half-marathon on October 20, which means I run a lot! I also enjoy gardening, knitting, and putting all that chemistry from college to work by homebrewing beer. Finally, I am a huge Jayhawks fan–Game Day means getting together with family and friends to cheer them on regardless of the sport!
What do you hope to learn on your rotation in Plainville?
I hope to get better at applying my medical knowledge to real life situations that patients face. It’s easy to think you know something from listening to a lecture or reading it, but it’s a completely different story when you have a patient in front of you who needs your help right away. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the patients and participate in their care. Most importantly, I’m excited to experience all of the different challenges that Family Medicine presents me with each day!