Dr. Chris Wood, an UTHSC Professor of Pharmacy and former pharmacy resident at Regional One Health, describes how patients benefit from these rotations. “When we do rounds, a team of students, residents, and interns will visit the patients, usually led by an attending physician or chief resident. We’ll look at the patient’s history, and the attending will ask questions of the group. From the patient’s perspective, it means a lot more face time with a lot more doctors, and it means a lot more opportunity to ask questions.”
Currently, Regional One Health has third-year medical students in six different clerkships: medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, psychiatry, neurology and neonatology. More than 150 residents are at Regional One Health, in every specialty from radiology to psychiatry, as well as many subspecialties. More than 25 clinical electives are offered to students, from anesthesiology to urology. The pharmacy department holds more than 70 rotations each year in all parts of the hospital.
“Regional One Health treats some of the more acute patients in the region, especially in the trauma center, as well as the advanced cases of diseases like diabetes,” says Dr. Nathan Manley, a resident in surgery. “We see at-risk pregnancies here; we see sickle cell. Treating these patients makes us better clinicians. Regional One Health gives us a much more authentic experience in our training.”
Their training and exposure is not limited to only medical procedures, but also includes how to interact with patients and staff. “They see the work ethic they will need to practice as a physician,” says Dr. Susan Brewer, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions for the UTHSC College of Medicine.
Regional One Health also provides an excellent opportunity for emerging physicians to see the most vulnerable of patients – those who need care the most but don’t have insurance. “Because Regional One Health serves everyone, it forces us to face the realities of every patient’s care,” says Dr. Lindsay Eneback, a resident in pediatric medicine. “We may have great new medicines, but if our patient can’t afford to fill the prescriptions, we develop a more feasible treatment plan.”
Dr. Eneback says this reminds them to focus on treating the person, not just the illness. “We learn that more at Regional One Health than anywhere else,” she says.