Jennifer Baalman with Post Rock Family Medicine

August 22, 2013 | News, Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , ,

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Jennifer Baalman has spent each of the last 4 weeks shadowing Dr. Loney and Dr. Brull in Stockton and Plainville.  She is currently a student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised on a dairy farm just outside of Colwich, Kansas. I lived in Atchison for 4 years while I completed my undergrad at Benedictine College. After that, I moved to Kansas City and started medical school at KU. I’m currently in my 4th (and last!) year of medical school.

Why did you come to Plainville?

During our 4th year, we are given the opportunity to follow a rural physician for a month. Dr. Loney was my KAFP mentor during my first two years, so I was happy when I found out that I could complete my rural month in Plainville/Stockton. I hope to practice medicine in a small town someday, so I’m excited to be here!

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

Family Medicine. As I tried out other specialties during my third year rotations, I found that I loved almost every field. Family medicine allows me to work with the full spectrum of diseases that patients develop, and I love that about it. I’m also drawn to family medicine by the relationships built between patients and their physicians. That relationship is so important and I want to end up in a specialty where it’s emphasized and valued.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

One of my favorite things about shadowing in Stockton/Plainville is that everyone seems to know each other! The doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals I’ve worked with so far know each of their patients and genuinely care about every aspect of their health. I truly appreciate that the patients I’ve seen thus far have been so willing to allow me to participate in their healthcare. Also, Plainville also has a small town charm that I love.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

I like camping, hiking, fishing, running, and pretty much anything that puts me outdoors. When I’m home, I love helping my family out on the farm (especially during harvest!). I’m also an avid fan of college basketball (Rock Chalk!!!) and football. Most of all, I love to be with friends and family.

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

Hmmm…where to start? One of the things I’ve noticed about medicine, is that if you don’t use the knowledge you have about various diseases and conditions, you lose it. I’m hoping that shadowing in Plainville refreshes some of that knowledge and solidifies things I haven’t yet forgotten. Of equal importance, I’m hoping to better learn how to build those relationships of trust between physicians and patients.