Friday, October 24, 2014

Ottawa Family Physicians serving as classroom

By The Herald Staff | 4/16/2014

The rural preceptorship program required by the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City is bringing a student to Ottawa Family Physicians.

Dr. John Gollier, a physician at the practice, 1418 S. Main St., Suite 5, is teaching hands-on clinical training to Derek Low, a fourth-year medical student, a press release from the University of Kansas School of Medicine said.

The rural preceptorship program required by the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City is bringing a student to Ottawa Family Physicians.

Dr. John Gollier, a physician at the practice, 1418 S. Main St., Suite 5, is teaching hands-on clinical training to Derek Low, a fourth-year medical student, a press release from the University of Kansas School of Medicine said.

Low is at Ottawa Family Physicians for four weeks this month as part of the School of Medicine’s rural preceptorship program, the release said.

The program allows senior medical students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learned in medical school, the release said.

The setting introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of practicing primary care medicine in a rural community, Dr. Michael Kennedy, associate dean for rural health and director of the rural preceptorship program, said in the release.

Rural Preceptorship Program began training students in 1951 to ensure Kansas-trained physicians were prepared to serve the state’s substantial rural population, according to the release. Gollier is a volunteer clinical assistant professor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and the program relies on the preceptors to host KU medical students, the release said.

“Regardless of their ultimate career choice, we hope our students gain an appreciation of how a primary care physician practicing in a rural setting balances their professional and personal responsibilities in a way that serves their community as a whole,” Kennedy said in the release. “Rural physicians like Dr. Gollier provide a unique training experience for these students due to the broad scope of practice, the need to make medical decisions independently and one-on-one training with a practicing physician.”

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