I have had two great internships in Friona though OC. The previous one was so amazing and it reassured me that I wanted to dedicate my life helping others in the medical field. I spent my hours in the ER learning behind CNAs, nurses, PAs, and physicians in various types of cases that came in. I had trouble imagining how my last internship at PMC’s ER and medical facility could be topped. Little did I know that my summer internship at Friona’s Rural Health Clinic would be the greatest internship experience yet!
This summer’s internship far surpassed every expectation I had of it and provided a deeper understanding, appreciation, and insight into the medical field. The greatest blessing was being able to work behind and get to know more about Dr. Felipe Jubay. Dr. Jubay has been my primary care physician since I was two months old and was the man who sparked my interest in the medical field. He has worked 40+ years in ER and in various cities/rural communities. Dr. Jubay specialized in internal medicine and has a ton of experience to bring to the table. He is also well recognized and distinguished in this area as a physician but also as great instructor for upcoming residents and for medical students. So learning behind him this summer has been by far the greatest experience I have had in the medical field, yet it did not come without any challenges.
Throughout the summer I learned a ton about patient care, chronic diseases, medications, treatments, referrals, and about what the day to day life of a physician is all about. In learning that day to day role of a physician, many challenges were presented in my internship including: getting to know about NextGen (our technical medical system), understanding and SPELLING weird medical terminology, being presented with various symptoms and trying to find the root of them all, being quizzed and asked to make my own diagnosis on a patient, being quizzed on what a patient’s labs showed a physician, being quizzed on what medications to give, learning the specifics for different providers, and having to use critical analysis of all I have learned throughout all my internships to provide a higher quality of patient care. I’m honored to have been able to use what I have learned in the academic settings and be able to use that knowledge in the clinical aspects.
As well as being honored to be able to use what I have learned, I was also honored that my supervisors and the staff placed so much faith in my abilities. My supervisor was always there to help me and point me in the right direction if I had any questions. The staff was so helpful in teaching me medical techniques, in how to give injections, and in learning various roles in rural healthcare. I am so thankful to have had them and to have had the OC staff! The OC staff was always there when I needed questions answered and to remind me of what else needed to be done! Thank you OC for this amazing internship, a great experience, and for helping the Lord open doors for my life! Although I am sad that this internship has come to an end, I am so ready for what is next! I cannot wait to be able to use what I have learned here and continue onward in my journey of becoming a future M.D.! Love y’all!