After spending four weeks here, today marks the last day of my rural rotation. Through it all, I have seen patients with six different family physicians, done rounds with them in long-term care, and spent time with them at the hospital. It has been a month filled with experiences, stories, and memories.
Rural medicine truly is something different. It has given me a new lens through which to see how medicine can be practiced. The continuity of care, the increased responsibilities, and the increased competency needed to practice have all been demonstrated by the doctors I have come in contact with. They have wowed me with their versatility and their mastery of the art of medicine.
A lot of that comes from the environment they work in. Rural medicine is a demanding area, one where resources are limited and the dependence of a community bears down heavily on the health care profession. After all, family physicians are the point of first contact. With those kinds of pressures, one naturally grows into the role.
The past month has been a unique opportunity to see family medicine practiced in a more holistic way. It has been a privilege to work with these doctors who are as passionate about this form of medicine as they are dedicated to their craft. They have inspired me to do better and think bigger. This rural rotation is an experience that I shall carry with me for the rest of my career.
Now, it is time to say a long good bye as I depart this community for the metropolis, where new experiences await.