Banner Medical Clinic
Students will work with the site coordinator, Dr. Marion Smith and her practice group of six Family Physicians . The group also includes a Physician Assistant and a Nurse Practitioner. This cohesive group of physicians is employed by Banner Health, and has a collaborative relationship with the Community Hospital in Torrington, owned by Banner Health. The hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with a 24-hour Emergency Department, Obstetrics, surgery, and a full array of ancillary departments. The Banner Health campus of Banner Medical Clinic, Community Hospital and Goshen Care Center are all conveniently located within about a 4 block radius. Peak Wellness, Public Health, two dental clinics, and an eye clinic are located in the same area. Torrington and Goshen County also provide students the opportunity to work with Peak Wellness, mental health services, and St. Joseph’s Children’s’ Home and treatment center. This practice will provide an in-depth look at family and community care in a rural setting. The physicians are actively involved and can provide exposure to EMT training, ambulance service, public health, state programs for special health needs, group visits, pay for participation and community education and teaching. The physicians work with residency programs from the Cheyenne and Casper Family Practice Residency.
Goshen County is located on the Platte River in South Eastern Wyoming and is the home of Eastern Wyoming College. The college provides many community activities, including a fitness center (WWAMI students will have a membership and use of the facilities), Lancer basketball and volleyball, theater and fine arts. It is 35 miles West of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and about 80 miles North and East of Cheyenne. It is a 3 hour drive from Denver, Colorado, and about 2 hours from Laramie and the University of Wyoming. There are opportunities for lake activities, mountain and road biking, mountain climbing, hunting and fishing.
Students will be given a shared membership for the college fitness center. During the school year, there are Jr. College Volleyball and Basketball games at EWC. Torrington has two nice grocery stores, several restaurants and fast food places.
The practice does the entire range of family and community care, including Emergency Department coverage, operative OB, pediatrics, in-patient, surgery, surgery assists and Alzheimer/nursing home practice. Common clinic patients include some Hispanic and low to middle income patients.
Call can vary, but is generally 1-2 weekends over the 6 week rotation and inpatient hospital rotation for 1 week. Call is also based on general interest.
Two bedroom furnished apartment, (one bedroom up and one bedroom downstairs for use by students, both with their own private bathroom). The apartment is furnished and has cookware, dishes, towels, sheets, and an ironing board. Set up with a wireless router and high speed internet. The apartment is located about four blocks from the hospital/clinic campus, about a half mile from the down town area, and 6 blocks from the campus of Eastern Wyoming College. Arrangements for spouse or family can be done with the site coordinator and other students sharing the rotation. No pets.
Car is required; clinic and hospital are walking distance but off site activities and getting to Torrington is best done by car. Scottsbluff, Nebraska, has an airport, and there are also flights from Cheyenne, Wyoming (80 miles away) or Denver International Airport (three hours away) if students need to coordinate flights during their stay.
Some facts about the weather in Torrington
- July is the average warmest month.
- The highest recorded temperature was 111°F in 1977.
- The average coolest month is December.
- The lowest recorded temperature was -43°F in 1923.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.
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