Working in healthcare is something Ian Rogers is passionate about. After enrolling at the University of Kansas and earning his undergraduate degree in biology, medical school was the next step. He applied during his freshman year, gaining admission to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I really want to get into orthopedics and work with children,” he said. “In this field, it seems like there is more than one instruction manual. Got a broken bone? This is how you fix it. I love that.”

Ian Rogers

Before going to medical school, Ian chose to take a year off from his studies. For some who take a gap year, they may take time off to travel or volunteer. Ian had another good reason.

“The main reason I took a year off was to get married and get some real medical experience under my belt,” he said. “Knowing that there will be things I will ask for as a resident, I will be more empathetic after having had that first-hand experience and understanding how a clinic works.”

Ian became a CNA, or Certified Nursing Assistant, and started looking for a job. When he learned that his certification would allow him to work at LMH Health as a medical assistant, Ian jumped at the chance to submit an application.

“I applied for a position in general surgery, but was first interviewed and hired by OrthoKansas. I had no experience in orthopedics, but was excited to pursue a specialty that I had never seen or followed,” he explained.

Dayton Bossard was the LMH Health recruiter assigned to work with Ian. After reviewing his resume and noting that he worked as a volunteer at LMH, Dayton jumped at the chance to share his resume more.

“Ian was looking forward to working at LMH and developing his skills,” Dayton said. “A graduate in biology and having been a volunteer, this is the kind of candidate with whom I love to work. I made sure to send his resume to the OrthoKansas team immediately!

Megan Stovall, Clinical Manager at OrthoKansas, received Ian’s resume and saw his previous volunteer experience at LMH Health. Finding opportunities to keep volunteers within the organization is a priority for the team.

“We appreciate the service our volunteers provide and were delighted to interview Ian,” she said. “He expressed his interest in sports medicine while in medical school, as well as his desire to gain a better knowledge base in orthopedics as a whole.”

Ian works with a number of teams as a medical assistant, devoting time to a variety of tasks. Ensuring records are up to date, getting patients to rooms and doing behind the scenes work are just some of her duties. He also prepares injections, assists with minor procedures, and removes sutures and staples.

“Not only do I get to do a number of different jobs, but I also get to shadow the doctors so I can shadow the surgeries to see how it all works together. It was great to have access to that too,” he shared.

What’s the best part about working at OrthoKansas? For Ian, it’s the staff. Meeting everyone and learning how their roles fit together has been invaluable. Physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are a wealth of information.

“If I have a question or I’m just curious, they are all ready to explain to me in detail,” he said. “It’s great to be able to have the experience of choosing their brains and understanding their thought processes.”

Ian is grateful for the time he spent with the staff and the feeling is mutual. Megan said he was truly a utility player when it came to helping out vendor teams.

“Ian spent time working with each team and took every opportunity seriously, learning the differences needed to care for patients in different subspecialties,” she remarked. “We are grateful for his time, dedication and willingness to help where needed. I wish him the best of luck in medical school and hope he considers coming back to serve our community.

If you are considering a career in orthopedics, Ian recommends working with the OrthoKansas team. Working with experts in their field and learning from them has been an amazing experience.

“OrthoKansas is very encouraging. The culture is very positive and upbeat,” Ian said. “The teams of physicians, physician assistants, nurses and support staff are cohesive and provide exceptional patient care, which is exceptional for a community health system – it is among the best I have have seen.