Post Rock Welcomes Katie Thiesen

January 29, 2013 | Alerts, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , ,

Post Rock is happy to welcome Katie Thiesen to its Plainville home until February 22.  She will be shadowing with Dr. Brull and some of the other providers as she completes her clinical rotations with a rural practice.  Katie is a Physicians Assistant student at Wichita State.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Henderson, Nebraska, a small town (even smaller than Plainville) an hour west of Lincoln, Nebraska. After high school, I attended college in Lincoln at Nebraska Wesleyan University then started Physician Assistant School in Kansas at Wichita State University.

Why did you come to Plainville?

I am here as part of my clinical rotations for PA school. Coming from a small town I knew that rural communities provide some of the most meaningful experiences. This has proven to be true so far in my other rotations. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Plainville and I am so excited to learn from Dr. Brull!

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

I would like to practice as a family medicine PA in a rural community. Family practice providers have the opportunity to see a variety of patients including women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, and others. I would like to be the best provider that I can be and I know that rural communities will allow me experiences to become more confident in my abilities.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

I enjoy all the opportunities that come with working in a small community: a variety of diagnoses, small procedures in the clinic, hospital and nursing home rounds, working in the emergency room and labor and delivery, and the opportunity to see patients on my own to hone my skills of proper history taking and physical exam. All these opportunities will make me a better provider in the future.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

I like to spend time with my family and friends. In the summers, I enjoy camping and fishing with my dad. One of my favorite things to do is bake with my grandma; her specialty is cinnamon rolls.

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

I hope to gain confidence in my ability to form a differential diagnosis and become a better teacher in order to educate patients about their health.