Medical Preceptorship: Elizabeth Kresie completes rural medicine preceptorship

Elizabeth Kresie










Elizabeth Kresie, a medical student from the Kansas University School of Medicine, is currently completing her rural medicine preceptorship with Dr. Kevin Kennally at Sabetha Family Practice (SFP).

Kresie, a Topeka native, is a fourth-year medical student and will graduate in May. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in history from Creighton University in 2014.

Kresie grew up in a family of doctors. Her father, Dr. Randall Kresie, is an ophthalmologist who has been coming to Sabetha his entire career. Her mother, Dr. Debbie Kresie, is an obstetrician and gynecologist.

Like her mother, Kresie plans to practice medicine in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. She also is interested in medical education research and looks forward to working with medical students in the future.

Sabetha Family Practice

When KU placed Kresie at SFP, she expected it to be different from the academic medicine to which she has grown accustomed.

“I expected rural medicine to be very different,” she said. “Most notably, how these physicians care for individuals throughout their entire life spans — from infancy to their final days in hospice.”

Kresie said she has learned a lot about the business side of medicine during her preceptorship at SFP.

“It’s a huge part of what it means to be a doctor, and we really don’t get to learn much about it during medical school,” she said.

Going from obstetrics and gynecology to family medicine has reminded Kresie just how complex patients can be and how multifaceted primary care is as a specialty.

“Family medicine just has such a broader scope of practice,” she said.

SFP has accepted student preceptors for more than 30 years. The preceptor works directly with their physician and also with the other providers in the office when an interesting case presents itself. Generally, they will first see the patient and then provide a history to the physician and a plan for workup and treatment.

“The benefits of having students in our practice is that it exposes them to rural medicine with the hope that they will pursue a career as a rural health provider,” Dr. Kennally said. “It also allows them to see first hand what it is like living in a rural community.”

“The doctors at SFP are eager to teach and willing to listen to my differential diagnoses, which is very helpful since next year I will need to do this on my own,” Kresie said.

“Elizabeth has been a real joy to have in our office over the last several weeks,” Dr. Kennally said. “She works very well with all the staff. She will one day be an excellent physician.”

About Preceptorships

All fourth-year medical students at KU are required to complete a four-week rural preceptorship before graduation. The preceptorship allows medical students the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills of a generalist physician. Students are exposed to the various roles of a rural physician.

More about Kresie

Following graduation, Kresie plans to complete a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

When she’s not studying or working with patients, Kresie enjoys cooking meals for family and friends, sewing, playing tennis and fishing.

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Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.


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