Southern Nevada Internship Programs Offers View of Medical Providers’ Experience

Posted: 17 September, 2019

An internship program sponsored by the Clark County Medical Society provides people with the opportunity to see the business side associated with running a medical practice in Southern Nevada. Held twice every year, this internship program allows local business leaders, journalists, legislators and legal professionals to shadow medical professionals for a half a day to a full day in order to observe them interacting with patients and dealing with the business side of their practices.

Because most people only visit with doctors when they are sick, they typically have a “patient” perspective; however, by participating in this program, people can get a first-hand look at the issues that impact many medical providers and the back-office challenges they regularly deal with.

As Keith Brill, president of the Clark County Medical Society, has explained in regards to this internship program:

It’s a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of a medical practice and get to see a glimpse of what the world of medicine looks like from providers point of view. I kind of look at it like someone who goes on a cruise and there’s a behind the scenes tour like to go see a bridge.

I’m not saying we’re as fascinating as a cruise ship, but people are intrigued by it but most don’t get a chance to go see what it’s like…For community leaders to see how the process works for a doctor’s office, it gives them an idea of what it’s like to practice medicine.

Participants’ Reactions to the Internship Program

Positive experiences and a greater appreciation and respect for Southern Nevada doctors seem to be just some of things that the participants in this program have taken away from it.

As Las Vegas Divorce Attorney Stacy Rocheleau has explained of her experience shadowing a maternal medicine/fetal medicine doctor, “it was mind-blowing… I could never imagine all of the information these doctors have to have in their brains going into every single appointment. They’re running so fast from patient to patient. It’s amazing the amount of knowledge that they have and what they know and all they know about the patients.”

Rocheleau continued, “the level of patient care and the connection doctors have with patients is really neat… I always heard the joked that if you want a good doctor, go to the airport. There are so many good doctors that are really committed to the good practice of medicine and their patients. They put their patients first. It really did change my perception of our physicians in Southern Nevada.”

Michael Rocheleau, marketing director at RIGHT Lawyers, was also impressed by the experience he gained from the program, explaining that “We hear people say they don’t like the school system and you read about that in the papers… it’s the same thing with doctors. You hear we don’t have great doctors and we don’t have this and we don’t have that. We are not Los Angeles or San Francisco but individually there’s some really good doctors, and the program taught me that.”