Boehr learning the ropes from Rider
by Clarke Davis
Nathan Boehr is getting his first experience in delivering rural family medical care. The medical student is serving a rotation with Dr. James Rider during the month of August.
He is a third-year student at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
“This is the year we take rotations in several areas of medicine to determine what we are most suited for,” he said.
Boehr, 24, a Topeka native, will spend two months each in family practice, surgery, and internal medicine and a month each in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry.
“I think I will choose to be in family practice, but it’s a little early yet to say for sure,” he said.
He said he was getting some valuable experience shadowing Rider, especially in the geriatric field, but he might chose to join another family physician for the month of September.
“I don’t think I’m lazy, but these 12- and 14-hours days have been pretty rough,” Boehr said.
Along with the experiences of serving with a doctor, students are required to continue their studies and pass exams at the end of the month.
“We are supposed to spend a couple of hours a night studying and preparing for these exams, but I’m usually too exhausted,” he said.
Rider has the reputation of a being a workaholic and while Boehr said he was committed to “toughing it out” for a month he knows there are other family doctors not putting in this many hours.
The medical student is a Washburn Rural High School graduate and has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Kansas.
His father, Doug Boehr, has been a Topeka chiropractor for 35 years. Nathan said he thought about chiropractor school first, but his father steered him toward osteopathic medicine. He said it was nearly the same as a medical school but has the added classes in the muscular-skeletal system.
Boehr said practicing medicine in Kansas would have been his first choice but he is committed to do so through scholarships he has received from the Board of Regents. They require him to serve a year for each scholarship in a rural area of the state.
Medical schools like the one Boehr is attending that do not have their own hospitals, have to contract their rotation programs through other medical firms. He is currently working through a new program set up through St. Francis Health Center, which Rider is affiliated with.
Rider practices medicine with Dr. Larry Campbell with clinics in Winchester, Nortonville, Oskaloosa, and Valley Falls.
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