West Virginia – Day 2 Summer Immersion Trip

by Audrey Copeland

June 11, 2019

Showing off our female reproductive pipe cleaner artwork
Stacy Norris, RNCMA; Jessica McColley, DO; Audrey Copeland, FNP student

Our second day in West Virginia was just as great as the first! Jean graciously prepared us a delicious home-cooked breakfast, so I was fueled up for a busy day at clinic. This week, I’m rotating at Riverside School Based Health Center, which is part of the Cabin Creek Health System. Cabin Creek Health System is a federally qualified health center that provides high quality comprehensive primary care to residents throughout Kanawha County, WV. My wonderful preceptor is Dr. Jessica McColley, a family medicine DO who completed a fellowship in maternal child health (her background is perfectly aligned with my dual FNP/midwifery focus). As it turns out, Dr. McColley completed her fellowship at the same clinic in Chicago where I completed an AmeriCorps program back in 2012 — we were in the same place at the same time and had never met. What a small world!

During the morning session we saw a wide variety of patients, from well child visits to colposcopies to dental abscesses. In the afternoon, I had the opportunity to participate in a health professional mentorship program for recent high school graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. One provider presented on the liver and hepatitis, and Dr. McColley presented on sexual health. The opening activity consisted of crafting the internal female reproductive organs from pipe cleaners – what fun! We then played a jeopardy game with categories including contraception, let’s talk about sex, and consent. The participants had a great time and we all learned a lot! I really enjoyed the opportunity to observe medical providers engage in community-based activities outside of the clinical setting.

My first two days have been an incredible learning experience. I feel like I’m truly experiencing family medicine here. Many visits have included several family members receiving care from the same provider. I’ve seen patients for the management of chronic conditions, well care, sick visits and family planning. This is my first rotation with a DO, and I have had the opportunity to observe osteopathic manipulation for vertigo and musculoskeletal pain. The support staff have been so kind, helpful, and a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn from the wonderful preceptors and staff here and enjoying the beautiful West Virginia mountains. I also can’t wait for our whitewater rafting trip on Saturday!

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