Donn Kruse, MD

Yakima Indian Health Center

I’ve been a family medicine rotation preceptor for students since the early 1990s in my role as an Indian Health Service physician.  Despite having more students over the years than I can remember, I still value each student and our time together.  The rotations never cease to improve my knowledge and skills as we work together to provide the best evidence-based care we can to our shared patients.  My 30 years of medical experience offers my students a true look into family medicine; longitudinal care throughout life.

My greatest reward is seeing students who I have worked with launch into their careers in medicine. As a person who has lived his life serving the underserved, the students who head that direction are the most gratifying; but I’m proud of each one, knowing that I had a small hand in their success.  Students I’ve worked with have ended up in the Bush of Alaska, remote towns in eastern Washington, orthopedic clinic offices, cardiology offices, and doing diabetes research at the UW Medical School. There’s a bit of me in each of them, and a bit of them in me: life is good.

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