The Idaho County Free Press, based in Grangeville, Idaho, recently shared a wonderful article about what it’s like to be in medical school – in the snow.
In the paper’s photo, medical students including Luke Tesnohlidek, kneeling at left, apply learned skills to wrap a simulated patient suffering from hypothermia. The scenario of this drill at Cottonwood Butte Ski Area involved a horrible snowmobile accident, which is a real risk in much of the areas we serve in WWAMI.
Alum Andrew Schweitzer, M.D., a physician at St. Mary’s Health in Cottonwood, coordinates this annual program that he started in 2011 as a first-year medical student with the help of the staff there.
“I wanted to bring further awareness for medical students as far as what all is involved in being a family doctor in a rural town in Idaho,” Dr. Schweitzer told the paper.