Elective Rotation: Coastal Health Alliance 8/9
Contact: Autumn Burnes
Location: Point Reyes Station
I spent time shadowing at Coastal Health Alliance, a small FQHC nestled in Pt. Reyes Station. We saw a diverse group of patients ranging from local artists to farmworkers, acupuncturists, and engineers. The clinic atmosphere was warm and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Many patients traveled 30min or more to get to the clinic, and were very appreciative of the care they received. I was impressed by the degree of continuity that patients had with their providers. One of the highlights of this experience was working with Dr. Blumenthal, a retired cardiologist who sees patients on Thursday afternoons. He has over 30yrs teaching experience at San Francisco General Hospital, and loves to engage with residents and students. He spent 1:1 time with me reviewing the cardiac cycle, explaining the physiology of murmurs, and providing hands-on instructions in the nuances of the cardiac exam.