Well, for those of you that know me, you should be aware that most of my days are spent as a rural family physician. I am proud of this. It is all that I ever wanted to do. I remember my Mom asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up (she was a critical care RN and my Dad and paternal GF were veterinarians) and she thought I would be a nurse like her. I replied, “no mom, you take orders, I want to give them.”
Even at that young age, all I wanted to do was be a country doc in my home town. Even now my county has a population of around 18,000 people, and yes that is for the entire county. Not that that is a bad thing. At least my kids can go outside and play and the only thing I worry about is snakes and coyotes.
So, fast forward a few years and here I am at my first American Academy of Family Physicians meeting for special constituents. I am loving this. It’s like a Farm Bureau meeting for doctors. See, not going thru state schools, I never met a lot of the people that I am meeting now. And I am proud to say that my experiences in social media have put me ahead of the curve here. I know how and what to tweet, and both Brian and I are comfortable in our skins.
So, in the last two days, I have met some of the nicest people in medicine. I am please to know that I will have the same opportunity for leadership in medicine that I have been blessed to have in agriculture. I am truly blessed to live in both worlds and be a mom to kids being raised in both.
My oldest daughter tells everyone that she wants to grow up and be a doctor like her mom, and I hope that she can grow and come to be as proud of our simple country life as I am.
For years, I was uncomfortable at medical meetings. I mean all I was was a small town country MD, but I have grown to love being at meetings at telling people about all aspects of my life. I have been blessed and I thank God every day for my blessing.
I look forward to meeting and learning more about the organization of family medicine and I hope to be as much of an asset to them as they are to medicine.
Samantha Easterly McLerran, MD FAAFP
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Location:Kansas City, MO