Med student likes small town practice
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The new University of Nebraska Medical Center student at the Chase County Clinic and Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) is Kathryn (Katie) Score of Elgin. She began familiarizing herself with the clinic Tuesday, and will work with Dr. Jonathan Richman through May 2.
The 25-year old graduated from Elgin Public Schools and then Chadron State College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology.
She was enrolled in the RHOP program while at Chadron, in which a scholarship is given to those students who show an interest in practicing medicine in a rural area.
She is a third year med student at the Medical Center. During the spring semester juniors work with health professionals across Nebraska as part of their health care education.
The UNMC Rural Health Education Network is a program developed to help address the shortage of health professionals in rural Nebraska.
Score has already seen practice in Omaha in ob/gyn, internal medicine and pediatrics.
She chose to do a rotation in Imperial because she likes the small town atmosphere and because the previous med student at the clinic, Grant Turner, had been so enthusiastic about the area.
When Score was a girl she and her brother were chopping Russian thistles on the family farm. Her brother chopped his hand open, and “I thought it was the coolest thing,” Score remembered—not the cut but the treatment.
Score is in the Air Force National Guard, in the 155th Unit of Lincoln.
She joined in 2005. “It was understood that at age 18 I would join,” she explained, as her family has a military background.
Her late father, a farmer, was an Army helicopter pilot. Her two brothers are both Army pilots and one is an attorney, as well.
Her mother is a retired kindergarten teacher, and her sister-in-law is a kindergarten teacher.
When Score joined the National Guard she was a flight medic. Since she entered medical school, she was commissioned as a manager of medical supplies and logistics.
She’s had short deployments to Guam and around the states and is familiar with many Air Force bases.
Score hopes to sharpen her skills while at Chase County Clinic and CCCH. She also doesn’t “know much about billing and the administrative aspect” of medicine.
Since she’s in the military she will be going into family practice, she said. Score enjoys the “wide spectrum” it provides.
The med student enjoys running and being outdoors, reading, travel and something med students don’t get much of—sleep.