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Medical Student Broadens Skills With PACHS Medical Staff

By Staff | May 30, 2013

MEDICAL STUDENT Amber Houge is performing a 12-week clinical rotation at Palo Alto County Health System. She is one of 55 students who began the clinical portion of their studies to earn the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. --submitted photo

Amber Houge from Estherville is a student working with medical providers at Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS) to fulfill the clinical portion of her studies to earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Amber will be doing three clinical rotations at PACHS, each rotation anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks long. During her first rotation, Amber worked with Jean Eichmeier, Luan Montag, and Doctors Banwart, Veltri and Sporaa. Amber sees patients and accesses their health needs with oversight from the medical providers at PACHS. This clinical experience is an important part in the studies of medical students in many fields.

Commenting on her clinical experience at PACHS, Amber said, ” As a student I have been treated with overwhelming kindness by the providers and staff of PACHS. From the start of my association with PACHS and Mercy Health I have felt welcome and supported. The learning environment is exceptional with patient providers taking time out of their day to help me learn and develop my skills. I am also grateful for the patients allowing me to learn from them and assist with their care. I have been able to be involved in and learn from many patient cases that I would not be able to be involved in a more urban area. I also find that the working atmosphere in the West Bend and Emmetsburg clinics is exceptionally open, welcome, and educational.”

Amber will begin her second rotation at PACHS in May. Palo Alto County Health System assists in the clinical training of physicians, physician assistants, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, and nurses through the year.