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Imperial native Shannon Liewer is attending UNMC to train for a career as a PA. She is currently on rotation at CCCH and clinics. (Johnson Publications photo)

Imperial native on rotation at Chase County Community Hospital, clinics

    Shannon Liewer is a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) working toward becoming a physician’s assistant (PA).
    She is in her second year of medical school completing a regimen of 13 rotations in different specialty areas.
    Liewer started her rotation at CCCH two weeks ago in family medicine. She will finish her rotation in December before continuing on with her training.
    “My area of interest is pediatrics. I love the little people,” Liewer said.
    She will complete her schooling and expects to graduate in December 2019.
    “I think I will want to get a position in a rural area rather than a larger city. It feels more like home to me,” she said.
    She went on to say that UNMC encourages PA students to return to rural areas.
    “People in smaller towns are so kind, and it feels homey—I can get to know people better,” said Liewer.
    She has been assigned to shadow Jodi Spady, PA, while here.
    “She’s been great. The whole staff has been very receptive of having me here,” she said.
    A PA goes to school for less time than the traditional medical student, but a PA’s schooling is faster with no breaks, Liewer said.

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