Student Externship Provides Insight for Making Health Primary

“This externship gave me the best clinical learning experience that I have had so far in medical school,” said Adam McMillan, second-year Wayne State University School of Medicine student, of his June 2017 externship experience funded by matching grants from Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan and AAFP Foundation.

Adam’s four weeks at Bellin Health in Iron Mountain were spent discussing patient charts with Peter Schmidt, MD, shadowing him in the exam room, discussing the plan of care after each visit, and being part of the patient follow-up. This, he explained, gave him a greater understanding of diseases, common patient profiles and how to interact compassionately with patients.

“I was happily surprised to be part of many cases of continuity of care with patients who had come in early during my externship and then followed up [with them] later…sometimes twice,” said Adam.

The externship was a win for Dr. Schmidt and his colleagues at Bellin Health, as well. “Adam’s month-long visit to our practice was fun and interesting. We introduced him to the nuts and bolts of daily practice, and he reconnected us to basic science, which is the foundation of what we do every day.”

As a result of the externship, Adam said his pursuit of Family Medicine as a career has been clarified and solidified.

“I look forward to practicing in the field and I’m excited for the future of Family Medicine, for the goal of making health primary through increasing patient-centered primary care,” Adam confirmed.