Dr. Heather: To be able to best take care
of a patient I think you need to understand them in the context of their family
and their social environment. I think family medicine is unique
because you get an opportunity to do that. On the first day of residency and the last
day of residency the potential is there for you to deliver a baby, to admit
a pediatric patient, to help take care of geriatric patients, to see a
wide variety of pathology. I really enjoy the conversation and getting
to know the patient’s family. I get to know them personally. I get to hear
their story. That’s what I love about family medicine, being able to take
care of the whole family. We’re really an integral part of the hospital.
I think that’s what’s unique about St. John’s. On any night we’re on call
we can deliver babies. We cover all codes and respond to all rapid responses.
We admit and take care of pediatric patients and geriatric patients.
It’s busy when we’re on call, but I think that’s where we learn the most.
We get an incredible amount of autonomy, and I think that’s where we really
learn to be good resident physicians. We have a very close working relationship
with our faculty. They get to know us well, and we get to know them. So,
they get to know our learning style and can tailor their teaching to how
we learn best and challenge us in those ways. Dr. Ronneberg is our dedicated hospitalist
at St. John’s and is able to provide that continuity within the hospital. Dr. Ronneberg: Working with residents as closely
as I do within the hospital week to week, month to month, and
having this consistent presence like I have really builds a level of trust
and rapport that I think is different than if I were to rotate weekly
or monthly and have different staff members coming through the hospital.
I get to know residents like Heather very well over the course of their
three year residency. Dr. Heather: For me, specifically, what attracted
me to St. John’s was I had talked to a lot of different alumni and
people who had gone through the program, and they had expressed that they
felt very well prepared. Dr. Bill Roberts: At St. John’s we have a
pretty broad scope of practice. We’re training people to be able to practice
the full range of family medicine. We have no difficulty meeting minimum
requirements for ACGME in OB, adult medicine, ICU, and patient care
here in the clinic. Our volumes are high, and we work pretty hard. We think
that this allows people to enter practice with enough experience to really
feel comfortable when they are on their own. Dr. Heather: I think one unique aspect about
St. John’s is we’ve got an urban underserved clinic in a suburban hospital
which allows for a culturally diverse population which I think
is really a cornerstone for family medicine. I knew that it was going
to give me that training that I needed to be able to go anywhere whether it’s
city or out in the country.