Angela Pace at Post Rock

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

WP_20140415_001Angela Pace has spent the last 6 weeks working side by side with Dr. Brull and a number of the other Post Rock providers.  A student at Kansas University Medical School in Kansas City, she has enjoyed her time in both Plainville and Stockton.

Where are you from?
I was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but grew up around Emporia, KS. When I was 16 my family moved back to Stillwater, where I graduated high school. Then I moved to Norman, OK for undergrad and the first part of a Masters of Public Health. Kansas City has been my home for 3 years now while I am in medical school, and I really enjoy living there.

Why did you come to Plainville?

Plainville came highly recommended! Everyone, from our professors to students from the classes above us, had nothing but wonderful things to say about rural rotations and Plainville in particular. I started looking into where I wanted to go, and when I came across Dr. Brull’s profile on the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians website, I knew I would really enjoy working with her.

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

A family medicine doctor! Before my family medicine rotation, I was growing worried that I wouldn’t find a specialty that fit me. Obstetrics and Gynecology was interesting, but I did not want to be limited in the scope of my practice. Family medicine is perfect because it allows me to see such a wide variety of patients and have real relationships with patients that lead to better health outcomes, which is the whole reason I went into medicine in the first place!

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?
I love the community aspect. Dr. Brull really knows all of her patients, and she is so successful because she builds on her relationships to encourage patients to live healthy lifestyles. She has challenged me to make myself a better student doctor on a daily basis, and to think more critically about patient care.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Painting and yoga are my stress-relievers. I go back to Oklahoma to visit family when I get a chance, and love to travel.

What do you hope to learn during your rotation in Plainville?
I hope to improve my communication with both patients and providers. Learning medicine involves learning a whole new language, and it takes practice to develop the skills that allow you to communicate effectively. Plainville has been the most helpful in this regard. I am improving every day, and I have the wonderful patient population to thank for that!