Kassie Spohr: Great Experience with IPCA:

“I had a great experience on this rotation: learning the art and science of pain management AND discovering all that an Alaskan winter has to offer!

Clinically, Dr. Cross did a great job of incorporating me into patient care and capitalizing on appropriate teaching points. She often tailored her teaching toward my future specialty. In a world where rotations can mean spending time with lots of different people, it was a unique opportunity to spend the majority of my time with one attending who knew me and my capabilities well. I was able to participate in procedures, new patient visits, and pain management follow-up appointments. I will be more comfortable managing chronic pain as a primary care physician and referring to a specialist when appropriate thanks to this rotation. In addition, all the staff at IPCA were very friendly and professional, quickly welcoming a medical student into patient care.

Outside of the office Dr. Cross, her family, and the staff at IPCA went out of their way to make sure I had a good time in Alaska. They made it possible for me to go snow machining, see the Northern lights, take a dip in Chena hot springs, watch the start of the Yukon Quest dogsled race and visit a few other tourist attractions and restaurants. It was everything I could hope for in a rotation and I would definitely recommend it!”

Kassie Spohr

University of Washington

School of Medicine

Medical Student, Class of 2014