Monthly Archives: December 2016

Student Clinician Spotlight

Our Student Clinician Spotlight this month is Amanda Garfinkel, 3rd Year Medical Student:
img_0060Amanda is volunteering at WCCC as a part of her Primary Care clerkship. As a senior clinician she is responsible for collecting a history and developing a plan to address the acute or chronic needs of her patients and assessing risk and long term prevention strategies. She described WCCC as a unique educational opportunity because it really helped to synthesize all the different things she has learned and apply them in an active and comprehensive way. When asked why she chose to volunteer at WCCC, she noted that she wanted a chance to undertake a service experience and provide resources for these patients. She really enjoyed her time volunteering, and one experience that really stood out to her was seeing a patient that came in for a visit during her first week for a follow up. She developed a good relationship with the patient and the intervention she prescribed made a positive impact. The second time around the patient was very open with her and the modifications she made to the health care plan due to their established relationship. She really appreciated the trust that came with the continuity and the overall emphasis WCCC places on continuity of care.

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Board Member Spotlight

This month’s board member spotlight is Brittany Abel, one of our Patient Services Coordinators:
img_0058“As one of three Patient Services Coordinators for the clinic, I help ensure that our patients get the appointments they need and that the clinic is scheduled each week. Patient Services is one of our patients’ main point of contact with the clinic and we work to make sure our patients receive continuity in their care. It is extremely gratifying to be able to contribute to the clinic’s functioning each week in such a vital way, and to interface with our patients as well as the clinical leadership on a nearly daily basis. When I can lift the weight off of a patient’s shoulders over the phone by helping to resolve a billing issue, fitting them into a booked clinic for urgent concerns or just offering some kind words, I feel like I am able to do just a little good each day. This real-world interaction also helps me put my medical education into perspective: these patients are why I want to be a doctor, and at the end of this long road I will be able to care for them.”