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Rotation Reflections

The other day I received my mid-rotation e-mail from my clinical coordinator--time to reflect as this rotation is now over half way done. I can't believe that it's gone by so quickly. Honestly, it's been a wonderful first rotation and I know that it will be hard to top. The learning environment has been great (despite some occasional blips in the comm lines), I've been given a lot of freedom rather quickly, and both my preceptors have been very encouraging of my progress, even to the point of making some broad hints about my coming back to practice for them--and getting broader as the rotation winds to close. I'm going to miss this first rotation. The staff has been amazing and welcoming and I've started to feel like part of the family. Yes, this is a poor area and very depressed economically. I know that working in a place like this I won't make the mega-moolah, but it really doesn't feel that important anymore, despite the education loans looming in the distance. There are patients who are excited to see a new face, they know their providers and Dr. Wood has seen the progression from little kids as they grow up and graduate from high school and college. It's a community and I know that that will be difficult if not impossible to gain in a more urban setting. Yes, I realize that with the deeper relationship with my patients and the greater familiarity, keeping work separate from home life, and making myself a haven away from my patients for my family will be something I'll struggle with. It's the double-edged sword of living and working in a small community--getting stopped at the grocery store, having the occasional person stop on your doorstep. These are stories that Dr. Wood has told me of his patients. And yet, as hard as that will be to gently shoo them away to see me in the office, to keep my Eden for the Rohe family and be a care-provider for my own home first, I think that it would be a wonderfully rewarding and humbling way to practice, to be so an integral part of my community and a trusted individual in one of the most sacred and personal areas of a person's life. Like Uncle Ben in the Spider Man series always said "with great power comes great responsibility."

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