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. Crystal Knight, MD, who works at the Billings Clinic
Student: Makayla Dominguez, a junior who attends the Billings Career Center
Challenges: Not having access to the top medical supplies and not having the ease of access to collaborate with other top doctors around the nation
Benefits: Being able to create meaningful relationships with patients and being able to be plugged into your community
Name: Heidi Halverson, a dental hygienist at Ike Heaphy DDS in Missoula
Student: Bradyn Buchanan, a sophomore from Sentinel High
Challenges: Connecting, there are no dental schools in Missoula, so getting to-date dental technology is harder. I’m sort of jealous of people who are connected because they can take more classes and advance. Also connecting with more dental hygienists who have more education, also collaborating with more dentists and dental hygienists would be cool.
Benefits: Being in a smaller community, you get to know your patients better and have a relationship with then. Your schedule is also more flexible and you’re not as stressed as you would be in big cities. Also, there are two dental instrument companies in Missoula which is rare but cool that all our products are Montana made. Also more opportunities to be more people’s consultant.
Name: Janice McFarland
Student: CJ Manacop, a junior who attends the Billings Career Center
Challenges: Distance for quality care is far, current technology isn’t readily available in a timely manner, and healthcare expertise is if focused on rural communities
Benefits: Less violent issues at hospitals, more connection with patients, and more community support Billings Clinic is the health care
Name: Lacy, a nurse at Fuller Family Medicine
Student: Rylee Hastings from the Billings Career Center
Challenges: It is more difficult for people to get the medical care they need.
Benefits: You get to really know some of your patients.
Rylee hopes to become an ER doctor someday.
Name: Laurie Newton, a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Riverside
Student: Dante Lopez, a senior who attends the Billings Career Center
Challenges: Some challenges of working in a rural community are the income, poverty levels, basic general health care (preventative health, and check-ups) and mental health issues.
Benefits: Some benefits of working in a rural community are helping people get full benefits of what we offer to themselves and their families. Make sure they get into all programs to make there lives better.