Bomberg reflects on his 1 month rotation at Shawno Medical Center

Posted on behalf of Eric Bomberg, MP3 resident.

This last week has been busy as usual. I helped deliver a baby for the first time since medical school, and then being the pediatrician that I am, was first in line for newborn assessment and resuscitation. I have really enjoyed working at the Shawano Medical Center, and have had the opportunity to care for many adults and children here. 

We had one patient come in during my last call with a history of anoxic brain injury who was having fevers and possible seizure activity. As we do not have many specialists around, we had to transfer to another hospital. These experiences really show me how much of a luxury it is to be at a large academic center with specialists that can come 24 hours a day.  And they have taught me a great deal about the challenges of working in a hospital where the resources are limited in this respect. There are specialists that we are able to call for consults but most of them are only around on a very limited basis.

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Photo of the clinic

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View on the Menominee Tribal Reservation

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Driving on the reservation

I finally got my car back from the shop. I hit a deer on the freeway about 2 and a half weeks ago and it took this long to repair. This is extremely common in Shawano County and most people have experienced this at least once. Happy that is finally taken care of. Green Bay is the closest major city to us, which is about 45 minutes away.

This last weekend I spent one day kayaking on the Wolf River which I have never done before and then spent spent some time looking exploring Green Bay.  I visited Lambeau Field and got to explore the shoreline of Lake Michigan a bit.

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Lake Michigan shoreline

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Lambeau Field

I have really enjoyed being able to explore the reservation and have now been around most of the area by this point. The land is beautiful, full of forests and lakes. Much of the housing looks similar as most of it was built through HUD housing projects in the 1970s.

Heading back to the Twin Cities in the next couple of days. This whole experience has been unreal.