Post Rock Family Medicine Welcomes Lilly Varner

February 15, 2016 | Students | By: Naomi Wyatt

Lilly Varner is a fourth year medical student at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Kansas City; she is here for 4 weeks following Dr. Brull.

Where are you from?
I grew up on a sheep farm in the country outside of Overbrook, KS, which is smaller than Plainville!  I completed my undergraduate degree at Washburn University in Topeka – Go Bods!  Now, I live in the Kansas City area while I’m in medical school.

Why did you come to Plainville?
I have friends and classmates who have had wonderful experiences here.  A few of them had worked with Dr. Brull in particular, and she came very highly recommended!  When the time came to sign up for rural rotations, Plainville was my first choice!

What do you hope to be when you’re out of school? Why?
I hope to be a family medicine physician!  I enjoyed all of my rotations during my third year, and my family medicine rotation really solidified my choice.  I like talking to people and listening to their stories.  I like the variety of patients seen in primary care, and I enjoy taking care of chronic conditions.  Most of all, I like building relationships with patients and the community that allow us to work together to improve health.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?
Everyone, staff and patients alike, has been warm and welcoming!  The physicians and staff are helpful and eager to teach.  I enjoy the community emphasis – it is very apparent that everyone here truly cares and will do what it takes to help patients’ health improve.  I learn best by doing, and Dr. Brull has granted me the freedom and guidance to do and learn as much as I can, which has been great!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I love to travel!  I have a list a mile long of places I want to see.  I also like photography.  If I hadn’t gone to medical school, I think I’d like to be a traveling photographer for National Geographic, or something similar.  I also love reading, spending time with my parents, and going on adventures with my friends.  On lazy days off, I like watching movies with my cat!

What do you hope to learn from your rotation in Plainville?
I hope to learn more about diagnosis and management of both chronic and acute conditions in outpatient and emergency settings.  I’d like to brush up on my clinical skills and work on critical thinking and communicating as a member of a team to gain the best outcome for patients.