Resident Enjoys Challenge,
Variety in Surgery
Rebecca Keim, MD, enjoys the challenge of surgery and the variety and complexity of patients and cases she sees at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. In her third year of a five-year general surgery residency, Dr. Keim likes “acquiring new clinical and technical skills. The faculty constantly pushes us to learn and do more, and I get a lot of energy from that.
“Because Froedtert is an academic, tertiary care center, we see a lot of very sick patients, and that’s an important part of our training. It’s good that we learn how to treat these kinds of cases which we wouldn’t see at a smaller institution,” she says.
“I also enjoy the team approach we have here,” Dr. Keim adds. “Working with residents, nurses, physician’s assistants and medical students is stimulating.”
Dr. Keim says her days are never boring. From patient rounds to surgical procedures to consultations, she’s always dealing with something different. She was drawn to surgery because of the “definitive nature of surgical care. It’s different than treating chronic diseases,” she says. Continuing as a general surgeon appeals to her because of the broad range of procedures she performs.
“Patient care is the most important part of my job,” Dr. Keim says, “along with teaching medical students, something I hope to continue.” She plans to become a general surgeon in private practice, but wants to continue teaching.
Dr. Keim grew up in Janesville, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has wanted to be a doctor since childhood, and knows her experience at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin helped determine the kind of doctor she’s becoming.
Source: Froedtert Today
Date: March 2006