Health Care Careers Contest Winners!

We are ecstatic to have received so many submissions for our 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. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

Submission by Ellise Nienaber

Dentist

Healthcare professional:
Daniel Shaub, DDS
Profession:
Dentist
Student Attended:
Billings Career Center
Grade level:
11
The career path Ellise is most interested in:

Homicide Detective

What are the challenges of working in a rural community?
Because Montana is so large, access to care is a big challenge for patients. Many of our patients may drive an hour or more and some even drive 4-5 hours. Some procedures require follow appointments in the weeks following. This can be a factor in whether patients decide to even have some needed treatment completed.

What are some benefits of working in a rural community?
I think the biggest benefit of serving in a rural community are the people. Smaller communities in general seem to be closer to one another. I get to provide care for a lot of patients but most of those patients become friends through the years. When I’m out in the community it’s exciting to see patients in a more social setting than the office. It’s very rewarding to take care of people you know personally.

 

Submission by Kelsey Meier

Derm

Healthcare professional:
Kerrie Emerick
Profession:
Dermatopathologist
Student Attended:
Billings Career Center
Grade level:
11
The career path Kelsey is most interested in:

Not entirely sure, but definitely something in the medical field.

What are the challenges of working in a rural community?

I would consider Miles City more of a rural community than Billings and they face many challenges.  They have no sub-specialties, there is not as much diversity as in Billings.  It is difficult keeping up a good medical staff as some people do not like a rural medical workplace and they decide to leave.  There is no specialized equipment like an MI scan, for example, someone has to go to Billings for an MI scan.  There is limited labs so tests must be sent to Billings to get results.  More drug abuse is present in a rural community, therefore the drug abusers can be difficult patients when they come in.  Old-time ranchers don’t seek medical help until the last-minute, making them harder to treat.  Working in a rural community, you are working with half of the resources of a usual hospital.  There are no sub-specialty surgeries, so patients must go out of state for those surgeries.

What are the benefits of working in a rural community?

The community is more tight-knit, you may run into your physician at the grocery store or they are the coach to your kid’s football team for example.  Physicians are friends to the people they are treating and it is beneficial to both the patients and physician.

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