Description of Student Experience:
The atmosphere at the Crownpoint clinic is very relaxed and low-stress. The supervisor is extremely flexible in terms of which clinics you attend, and you can easily tailor your schedule towards your own interests (i.e. do more pediatrics clinics or spend more time in the emergency dept if that interests you). Keep in mind that this is not an academic tertiary care center, and thus you will not be exposed to cutting-edge knowledge. However, the experience is quite valuable and there are a few very knowledgeable physicians at the clinic who are happy to teach. You will become extremely comfortable with the basic family medical issues, as there's a large volume of "bread and butter" cases (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc). The patients are exclusively Navajo, which is a beautiful and unique culture to learn about. There is quite a bit of poverty in the area, which adds to the complexity of the cases. Finally, the Four Corners is a phenomenal area to be in if you have any interest in the outdoors. Tons of opportunity for exploring the region. Feel free to contact me for more information.