ROME Student Feedback

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“I am auditioning for residency at Eglin AFB right now and this is my first rotation with medical students from other schools. The extra time you spent with us honing our interviewing and exam skills and the hands-on nature of our program seem to be setting me apart from other students. To give an example, I was able to visit with my attending this morning before our colonoscopies and present my comprehensive procedure log. I pointed out that I had not only been trained on a simulator, but had also driven the scope on the way out of 32 c-scopes, completed 2 start to finish, and observed many others. I was allowed to drive out on one scope and do the second start to finish with the exception of her helping me untwist a loop. (The other students have only observed.) I also have more start to finish EGDs than many of the 3rd year residents. I don’t know if this is where I will land for residency, but my rotation has started off well and I have the ROME department and preceptors to thank for that!”-Current Student Doctor YR4

“I think the skills labs that the ROME  faculty set up helped prepare me more than anything for my year three and four rotations. The extra training we received in various suturing techniques, joint injections, central line placement, and virtual colonoscopies was wonderful. Furthermore, I believe my patient interviewing skills were strengthened by participating in the ROME program.”-Current Student Doctor YR4

For those considering rural medicine, I think the best way to explore an interest in rural medicine is obviously to have exposure in the field. Being from a rural community is helpful, because you’re already aware that Dairy Queen may be the only fast food option, and if you’re not there by 9:00 PM you’re out of luck. While rural medicine does differ from metropolitan medicine in some aspects, I think great medicine is great medicine regardless of the location. I would encourage prospective medical students who are not from a rural community to live in a rural area for at least 2 consecutive weeks and experience questionable cell phone service, Friday night football games, and dirt roads. The Rural Scholars program opened my eyes to the full spectrum of medicine that a qualified, competent physician can practice in rural Texas.”-Current Student Doctor YR4

“I chose to participate in the Rural Scholars program for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, I felt the program would better prepare me to practice medicine in the rural setting. I felt that the hands-on procedural training and extra time spent with trained patients would make me a better, more well-rounded physician. The rural third and fourth year rotations were also a significant draw for me. Indeed, the skills labs proved to be beneficial, as I was often able to outperform my peers later in the operating room during my surgical rotations. I also felt more at ease when interviewing patients, because of the extra time I spent during my first two years of medical school with the Rural Scholars program. I believe my experience at the rural training sites is what I have enjoyed the most about the Rural Scholars program. My rotations have taken me to Plainview, Lubbock, Crockett, Stephenville, Dublin, and Nacogdoches. There is no question that the one-on-one training provides a better medical education. I was given much more autonomy, exposure, and hands-on training than my peers were who  were completing rotations in the city. I have performed heart catheterizations and angioplasties, delivered babies, and been first assistant on multiple surgeries – all of which would not have been possible without the Rural Scholars program. I have also developed deeply personal relationships with my attendings not only as teachers and mentors, but as friends that I will forever cherish.” –Current Student Doctor YR4

“A lot of the techniques which we’d practiced in lab were utilized and it was great having some background knowledge of those procedures (especially join injections, pelvic exams and advanced history taking).  I wanted to thank you because it was great to be able to walk into all the year 3 rotations with this extra training – this definitely made me a “standout” among some of the attendings.” -Current Student Doctor YR4

“It will consume time…but if you have any desire at all to serve as a physician in a rural community, in a third world country, or just in a family practice designed to allow you to do more than just refer and do basic outpatient care, then this is the program to commit to. By the time you’re a fourth year students and looking back, you will realize that you’d be completely ill-prepared for the future had you not done ROME. No Metroplex training can adequately prepare you for the role of a rural physician. Thanks for all your hard work [faculty and staff]. I’d say it’s all paid off.” -Current Student Doctor YR4

“I love it that we (ROME students) are a small enough group to be able to become close and even have a pool party and barbecue at Dr. Bowling’s house. That has been one of my favorite memories of medical school.” -Current Student Doctor YR4

“ROME helped me to better understand rural communities and the unique advantages and struggles of rural physicians. The extra training in procedures was highly beneficial…and the one-on-one training was the greatest benefit.” -Current Student Doctor YR4

This page was last modified on June 15, 2015