Post Rock Welcomes Megan

November 10, 2012 | Alerts, News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , ,

Post Rock is happy to welcome Megan Dingwall until November 16.  She is currently working with Dr. Brull on a rural clinic rotation and will be shadowing her as she works with patients in this time.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Wichita, KS.  I spent my college years in Texas, but am happy to be back in Kansas!  I am currently doing my 3rd and 4th years at KU Med-Wichita. 

Why did you come to Plainville?

All 4th year medical students at KU do a one month rural rotation.  I have heard so many great things about Dr. Brull and I wanted to spend my rural month learning from her.  I also wanted to get the experience of working in a small community to better understand the way a rural physician practices medicine and what unique challenges they face that are not seen in a larger city.

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

I am planning on doing residency in Internal Medicine.  I hope to be a hospitalist, which is a doctor who works only in a hospital managing inpatients.  Medical school showed me how much I enjoy managing acute illnesses in the hospital and being a hospitalist will allow me to make this a part of my job every day.  Because of my future career goals, I am especially looking forward to working in RCHC and helping to manage Dr. Brull’s inpatients.

What do you like about spending a rotation in Plainville?

I have loved getting to know all the great people who work here at Post Rock and RCHC.  Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful as I get used to how things are done here.  I enjoy meeting all the patients who are so friendly and love how everyone knows everyone-just what I was expecting from a small town.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

Most of my free time outside of medicine is spent with friends and family, who I do not get to see nearly as often as I would like.  I also enjoy playing tennis on the weekends when I am not busy with med school.  I have played my whole life and currently play weekly when I am in Wichita.  I also enjoy reading (currently reading The Confession by John Grisham and just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks).  In the summer, I spend as much time as possible at the lake with my family (Table Rock Lake in Missouri is our favorite).

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

I hope to improve my clinical skills in all the settings I will work with Dr. Brull–clinic, ER, hospital.  She has great relationships with all her patients and I also hope to learn some of her communication skills during this month.  I have already seen her give patients bad news, but she does so in a way that is full of compassion and understanding.  I think this is going to be a great month full of lots of learning opportunities and new experiences.