Post Rock Welcomes Tate Gilchrist!

September 11, 2020 | Students | By: Jodie Ostmeyer

My name is Tate Gilchrist, I am a fourth year medical student from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Kansas City. I am working with Dr. Brull, Dr. Maciaszek and Dr. Beth Oller for my family medicine rotation.

Where are you from?
I grew up in Leawood, Kansas, but my grandparents have lived in Hays my whole life so I have spent a fair amount of time in Hays throughout my lifetime.

Why did you come to Plainville?
During our 4th year of medical school, we get the opportunity to do a rural rotation. I started out by looking for sites near Hays so that I would be closer to my grandparents. Plainville piqued my interest because of clinic and hospital-based learning opportunities.

What do you hope to be when you are out of school?
I am hoping to be an Anesthesiologist after finishing residency. I like anesthesia because it involves an in-depth knowledge of heart and lung physiology as well as how certain medications interact with the body. You must be constantly thinking and alert because things can change so quickly. I like the acuity of the specialty and the diversity of patients you get to work with. In one day you could be doing anesthesia for a colonoscopy, then on the cardiology floor doing an echocardiogram and then to the obstetrics department to place an epidural for a laboring patient. Every day is different, and you never know what can happen.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Outside of school and the hospital, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. I enjoy indoor rock climbing, cycling and knitting (my grandma taught me).

What do you hope to learn from your rotation in Plainville?
I hope to gain hands-on experience and learn as much as I can about what it is like to be a doctor in rural Kansas. I hope to get a refresher on my primary care skills since it has been awhile since I was in the clinic.