Post Rock Family Medicine Welcomes Brianna Leyden

June 20, 2017 | Students | By: Jodie Ostmeyer

My name is Brianna Leyden and I’m a second-year medical student at the University of Kansas in Kansas City.  I am participating in the STORM program (Summer Teaching Option of Rural Medicine) until close to the end of July with Dr. Beth Oller and Dr. Jen Brull in Plainville and Stockton.

Where are you from?
I would say my hometown is Shawnee, KS, but as both of my parents were in the military, I was born in South Korea and have lived in Maryland, Georgia, and North Dakota as well.

Why did you come to Plainville?
The primary reason is that the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians runs a mentorship program, Faces in Family Medicine, through which I was paired with Dr. Oller.  In our emails, she seemed so passionate about rural medicine and this area, in particular. The second reason is that my best friend’s family farm is up in Stockton so I’ve heard a lot about how great this part of the state is!

What do you hope to be when you’re out of school? Why?
I’m early on in my medical training, but currently I’m leaning towards pursing family medicine or pediatrics. I definitely want to work in a practice where I can form long-lasting relationships with my patients.

What do you like about shadowing in Plainville?
I like being exposed to so many different doctors and practitioners and seeing the relationships they’ve formed in the community, as well as their different strengths in patient interactions, specialties, and treatments. I think family medicine out here includes so many procedures and diagnoses that you would never get to see and/or do out in Kansas City.  Finally, I so appreciate the kindness from the staff and patients I’ve already gotten to talk to and can’t wait to meet more!

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
I grew up with a mom with a doctorate in music, so I appreciate all things music-related: concerts, playing instruments, singing, and Disney karaoke. I was also a competitive dancer for years and a dance minor during my undergrad so you can frequently find me dancing! I also love traveling, reading, and game nights with my friends and family.

What do you hope to learn from your rotation in Plainville?
I hope to gain hands-on clinical skills experience in things I normally wouldn’t get to see until third or fourth year. I also hope to compare rural and urban family medicine to help me make decisions about where I would like to practice in the future.