We are ecstatic to have received so many submissions for our Celebrating Montana Healthcare Careers: National Rural Health Day Contest this year. We would like to recognize the students who participated in this contest, and the healthcare workers they interviewed. Each week we will post five submissions. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Name: Dr. Shaub, DDS who works for Dr. Dorrow and Dr. Shaub Dentistry
Student: Vanessa Bonner, a sophomore at West High and at the Career Center.
Challenges: It is hard for people who live way out of town to schedule when to come back to the office, especially when he needs them back at a certain time. Another challenge is that not everyone has dental insurance, so paying then becomes a problem.
Benefits: He replied that he gets to know his patients better and he is able to create a relationship with them. He also said that it is easier to be part of a rural community while working in the medical field because he feels as though people treat him more as an equal.
Name: Adam Ostby, an orthodontist in Billings at Heights Orthodontics
Student: Ashley Hand, a junior who attends the Billings Career Center
Challenges: The challenges of working in a rural community are hunting season, time for sports, harvest, and having to be engaged in what families are doing.
Benefits: The benefits of working in a rural community are the quality of people we are exposed to and who come to our practice and how patients handle their lifestyles.
Name: Chad Kay, who works as a physical therapist at Northern Rockies Physical Therapy.
Student: Julio Carpio, who attends Sentinel High.
Challenges: Mostly the limit of patients. In a place as small as Missoula, patients are sometimes not as plentiful.
Benefits: The advantages are really getting to know his patients because it’s a smaller community. With a lower amount of patients, bonds grow which help the process.
Name: Jena R., RN at St. Vincent Healthcare
Student: Caitlyn Graves, who attends the Billings Career Center
Challenges: We will at times get complex cases and not have the technology to treat these specific cases and will have to send them out to more advanced hospitals.
Benefits: We get a variety of people to treat so it makes the job interesting.
Name: Beatrice Harper, CNA at Billings Clinic/TCU
Student: Cailey Hibl, an 11th grader who attends the Billings Career Center
Challenges: One challenge is getting to the patients.
Benefits: One benefit is that you get to know the patients and their families on a more personal level.