Med student visits clinic, hospital
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Omaha resident Elisabeth Tracey is rounding out her first year of medical school with a rotation at Chase County Clinic and Chase County Community Hospital.
Tracey, who is a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, began observing at the clinic Monday. She will be in Imperial until May 30.
First year med students spend most of the year in the classroom, with a three-week rotation at the end of the year.
She was assigned to Imperial, Tracey said, but appreciates the chance to see a rural practice with a wider variety of patients and problems.
Tracey, 25, said she began thinking of medicine as a vocation during high school.
“I was pretty much pre-med all along. I wanted something that helped people and was intellectually stimulating, with something new every day,” she explained.
Tracey graduated from Westside High School in 2007. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and international studies with a French minor.
She enjoys languages, international relations and political science as a counterpoint to science.
Before beginning med school, Tracey took a year to teach English at Jules Haag high school in Besancon, France. The school focuses on technology and sciences.
She taught conversation, grammar and American culture, and really enjoyed traveling to other European countries.
Besides traveling, Tracey likes baking and reading in whatever free time she can find.
Her parents and four siblings live in Omaha.