When Bill Thompson was a senior medical student, he took a six-week rural preceptorship working with Dr. Jan deVries, a family doctor in Boswell, Pennsylvania. Bill remembers that this experience “really showed me what a rural family doctor does for the first time. Before that, I had only seen patients in the hospital, or a family practice center. So it was different being in a rural area and seeing patients in the office. I remember going with Jan to the hospital one night to deliver a baby. And we went to the Lions Club one evening, so it gave me an idea what it meant to be a part of the community and take care of rural patients. I could tell the relationship he had with his patients and with other doctors, and that seemed to be a special kind of thing. And that was attractive to me.”So, in 1990, after completing his residency, Bill Thompson returned to join Jan deVries in the Medical Associates of Boswell. There, in addition to practicing family medicine, he too now serves as a teaching preceptor for senior medical students, continuing the cycle and carrying on the tradition of practicing doctors teaching—and serving as role models—for the next generation of physicians.
KeywordsFamily Practice Family Doctor Rural Family Senior Medical Student Practice Family Medicine
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