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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11A grad job shadows at , considers rural career Linda Satchwell an internship program in some exercise. In any event, allowed to participate in Staff Writer Fresno, but realized it would when Kepple and his patients every aspect of Kepple's work keep him away from home come up with this kind of -- from "office life, to patient during holidays and summers compromise, the patients feel life, to clinic care. There are Quincy native Jack for the next two to three actively involved; they feel not many doctors that will Kuipers, a pre-med student at years, heard, treat you from in the womb to California State University- Kuipers is a hometown boy, In addition, it makes themold age. You're not going to Fresno, has been job shadow- which is potentially a very feel their doctor cares about get this in the city." ing Dr. Jeff Kepple at Plumas lucky thing for Quincy. them as an individual, and it After his experience, District Hospital all summer. Since he wanted to go home makes them "feel they haveKuipers said he would really That's the short story, for the summer, and he knew some control over what's hap- consider becoming a rural The longer version begins he needed medical experience, pening to them," both impor- family doctor. Kepple told when he was 7 years old. In he asked Dr. Kepple if he rant factors in physical and him it's important to have a fact, to hear him tell it,could job shadow him. Kepple mental healing according to specialty, as well, onethat is Kuipers has been preparingwas very supportive and told Kuipers. commonly needed by pa- for a career in medicine his Kuipers he'd look into it. Each time Kuipers meets a tients, such as obstetrics or whole life. It turned out that there new patient, she signs a re- dermatology. Kuipers, who turned 20 in were an incredible number of lease allowing Kuipers to be When asked if he'd be inter- June, grew up in Quincy; was hoops to jump through due to in the room. It lets the patient ested in returning to Quincy class valedictorian at Quincy liability issues, according to know he's "strictly observ- to practice, Kuipers doesn't High School in 2008; and was Kuipers. ing," not practicing medicine; hesitate. "Yes. I have many involved in community volun- Because Kepple is the direc- He said many of these pa- ties here. My first medical teer work. tot of North Fork Family tients have told him, "This is ties, my interest in medicine. He chose to go to Fresno, be- Medical Clinic and because he the right person to shadow if And it's beautiful up here ... cause of its honors college, "really strove to get me in," you're going to shadow some- (PDH has) done all this for which emphasizes high acade- said Kuipers, "it worked, I'm one." me, to take me in. I would mic standards as well as com- really grateful. It just goes to Kuipers loves that he's been love to return the favor." munity service, show you how great the hospi- This summer, he looked at tal is, how willing they are to Jack Kuipers of Meadow Valley is a pre-med student in the hon- ors college at California State University-Fresno. He has been job shadowing Dr. Jeff Kepple, director of North Fork Family Medical Clinic, all summer. Kuipers is very enthusiastic about the breadth of experience he's received, what he's learned from Kepple, and how kind and welcoming the staff at PDH has been to him. Photo by Linda Satchwell help people that are from the "One of the best things area in every aspect of life, you can do," he added," is to not just medically, but with heal people and do that as a career choices ... I'm very profession." grateful to Dr. Kepple and Kuipers is very enthusias- everyone for taking me in and tic about his PDH experience. allowing me to have this op- Because Kepple's is a "small portunity." rural practice," Kuipers en- Kuipers was drawn to medi- joys seeing a great variety of cine early because he had a procedures, ?everything from close, personal relationship dermatology and birthing to with Plumas District Hospi- your regular sickness." tal. In fifth grade, he broke his He has nothing but praise ankle. While on crutches, he for Kepple. "If a patient came tripped and fell on the stairs, in with anything, he could breaking his wrist. That land- solve it or send you to some- ed him in a wheelchair. Dr. one really good who could." Jensen removed his and his An additional perk of the younger brother's, Jared's, rural practice, he said, was appendixes at PDH. the "integration" between However, the traumatic North Fork Clinic and the event that caused him to see hospital. Almost every other how medicine truly saves day he accompanies Kepple to lives was when, at age 7, he see patients at the hospital. found his 5-year-old Jared Then, they return to the clinic floating face down in their for regular appointments. pond. He told his mother, who "I'm amazed by Dr. Kep- had recently taken an EMT ple's ability to give really de- course. She jumped in, pulled tailed attention to each pa- her son out of the water and tient, and then go see the next began performing CPR on patient and remember every- him. thing about them and about The fire department arrived their families, and all the and took over. After that, medicines they've had. "they flew him to Chico, and "He remembers things that they saved his life." have happened in Quincy Kuipers put these medical with their family members. events together and made a He has really good relations life decision out of them. "I've with his patients." had some very important This attention to detail events in my life, and they're translates to good patient care medically related and they've in the best sense of the word. turned out well due to medi- Patients feel like Kepple gen- cine. It's always really inter- uinely cares about them said ested me." Kuipers. Kuipers has been unusually Very observant, Kuipers is focused from an early age. As as impressed by the nuances a sophomore in high school, of dealing with patients on a he arranged a meeting with personal level as he is with Dr. Kepple to ask him about the quality of medical care becoming a doctor, they receive. "You're always They met for brunch, dur- making compromises with pa- ing which Kepple advised, tients," Kuipers said. "It's difficult to do, a hard As an example, he ex- road, but it's worth it. A lot of plained there might b4e a re- school, but once you get quired number of pill' a pa- through it, you're dealing tient should take on the one with the rest of your life, and hand. Then there's what the it's a really fulfilling job to patient thinks he can handle help people your whole life," on the other. The compromise Kuipers recalled, might involve fewer pills and To protect Californians against the current epidemic levels of pertussis (whooping cough), health experts at the California Department of Pub- lic Health recently broadened recorqmendations for immu- nizing against pertussis and reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated. "We are facing what could be the worst year for pertus- sis that this state has seen in more than 50 years," said CDPH Chief of the Center for Infectious Disease Dr. Gilber- to Chfivez, who also is the state's epidemiologist. "We are urging health providers to broaden their use of the per- tussis vaccine and we are urg- ing Californians to take the simple step of getting vacci- nated to prevent pertussis." In addition to the typical se- ries of childhood pertussis im- munizations, CDPH now rec- ommends an adolescent-adult pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) for: Anyone 7 years and older who is not fully immunized, including those who are more than 64 years old, Women of childbearing age, before, during, or immediate- ly after pregnancy, and Other people who have contact with pregnant women or infants. Immunizing key to fighting 'ng coughl "Considering that immuni- cases of pert'ussis are under For new mothers and any- ty from pertussis vaccine or investigation, one with close contact with disease wears off and thatFive infants, all under three infants, CDPH is providing most adults are susceptible to months of age, have died from Tdap vaccine at birthing hos- pertussis, now is the time for pertussis this year. Unimrnu- pitals, community health cen- Californians to get immu- nized or incompletely immu- ters, Native American health nized to protect themselves nized young infants are par- centers and local health de- and their families," said ticularlyvulnerable, partments. Chfivez. "In particular, all The pertussis vaccinationA typical case of pertussis family members and care- series can begin when an in- in children and adults starts givers of infants should get fant is six weeks of age. In- with a cough and runny nose the booster vaccine." fants, however, are not ade- for one-to-two weeks, followed Pertussis has reached an quately protected by vaccina- by weeks to months of rapid epidemic level in California. tion until the initial series of coughing fits that sometimes For the first six months of three shots is complete. The end with a whooping sound. this year, 1,337 cases of per- series of shots that most chil- Fever is rare. tussis were reported, a five- dren receive wears off by the For more information, visit fold increase from the same time they finish middle period last year when 258 cas- school. Neither vaccination es were reported. In addition, nor illness from pertussis pro- approximately 700 possiblevideslifetime immunity. 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