Scholarship recipient to practice medicine in rural Iowa
Harper native Stacie Kasper plans to practice medicine in rural southeast Iowa. She is currently in the three-year Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency program in Davenport. She was one of the first recipients of the Des Moines University (DMU) Rural Medicine Educational Pathway scholarship, which covers tuition for students who agree to practice primary care medicine in rural Iowa for a specified number of years. She is the daughter of Patty and Dave Hammen.
In a column she wrote for the DMU magazine, Kasper wrote about how important it is for family practice physicians to understand the health needs of rural residents. She said her father suffered a severe cut to his hand while working on the farm. He "was rushed to the hospital, where the doctor complained about my parents' smell from the farm."
"The doctor appeared more concerned about the smell than he was about the patient," she wrote. "My past as a farm girl has truly influenced my future as a rural family physician."
Kasper looks forward to forming long-lasting relationships with patients in a nonjudgmental environment that allows patients to feel comfortable and secure.