student to be working at SMH this summer
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is pleased to announce that Spencer Paulson, medical student in the Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program, will be doing his Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) work with Dr. Andy Gilbert this summer. Spencer will work in conjunction with Dr. Gilbert from May 26th through June 19th at both the Cottonwood and Craigmont Medical Clinics. He will be working side-by-side with his preceptor learning the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine and how the regional healthcare system functions in our community. Spencer will also complete a community project while he is working here in Cottonwood.
“Working with the WWAMI program is a win-win situation,” said Kathryn Allen, CVHC/SMHC Medical Staff Services. “We provide a setting for medical students to gain valuable experience and, in exchange, we receive their insights. Hopefully, they will consider returning to the area or at least tell their fellow students about what a wonderful opportunity for family practice our area provides. We are always actively recruiting so we’re prepared to offer a position whenever there is a need.”
The University of Washington School of Medicine thanks the community for their assistance, and it is our hope that when you see Spencer, you will welcome him to this great community, said their press release.
The R/UOP program was created in the summer of 1989 in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) regional medical program. The goal of the program is to connect medical students to rural and underserved communities to give them the experience working in clinical primary care practice. The program is a four-week elective experience and serves over 120 WWAMI students between their first and second years of medical school.
Gretchen Dole, another medical student in the RUOP program will serve a rotation at Clearwater Valley Hospital, Orofino, with Dr. Phillip Petersen from July 27 – August 21. Idaho has one of the lowest physician to patient ratios in the nation.