Post Rock Welcomes Gillian Johnston

January 17, 2014 | Students | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

20140116_131857Gillian Johnston is a third year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and will be shadowing Dr. Brull and some of the other Post Rock Family Medicine Providers over the next six weeks.

Where are you from?

I was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent the majority of my life growing up in Overland Park, Kansas. I lived in Lawrence, Kansas for 4 years while I attended the University of Kansas and completed my undergraduate degree in Cell Biology. After that, I moved to Kansas City where I started medical school at the University of Kansas School Of Medicine. I am currently in my third year of medical school. One more year to go!

Why did you come to Plainville?

Dr. Brull was my KAFP mentor during the first two years of medical school. She taught me all that the field of family medicine has to offer and why she loves it, so when I had the option to work with her during my family medicine rotation, I jumped at the chance! I also wanted to work in a rural town because I knew that I would get more hands-on experience and see the true meaning of community and continuity of care.

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

At this point, I am undecided. However, I am highly considering family medicine as my field of interest after medical school. I have enjoyed all of my rotations so far, and family medicine allows you to look at all the organ systems and integrate them into the entire view of the patient’s physical and emotional well-being. I am also drawn to family medicine because of the ability to form long lasting relationships with your patients. I am hoping my experience here in Plainville will solidify my decision towards family medicine!

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?

I enjoy seeing the collaborative effort of everyone here at Post Rock Family Medicine. Every member of the staff works as a team, is always willing to help, and genuinely cares about the health of every patient. Dr. Brull is an excellent teacher and I am learning so much!  All of her patients are always willing to let me participate in their visit, and I really appreciate that! Having the opportunity to actively engage in their healthcare is a privilege and truly helps me build my skill set and be a better physician after I graduate!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?

I love to sing! I am a member of an a cappella choir of medical students called “Doctors’ Notes” who sing for inpatients in the hospital, as well as various campus and alumni events. I enjoy being outdoors (hiking, running, biking) and traveling. More than anything, I love spending time with my family, friends, and boyfriend!

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

I hope to improve my clinical skills and integrate what I have learned from books and classes to the direct care of patients here in Plainville. I am excited to learn how to manage the health of patients as a whole person, as opposed to just discrete organ systems. Lastly, I look forward to learning by example, how to establish patient trust and rapport in a field where continuity of care is so highly valued.