In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient’s Bedside

Dr. Adam McMahan has been practicing medicine in rural Alaska for three years. It’s the kind of intimate, full-spectrum family medicine the 34-year-old doctor loves.

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Dr. Adam McMahan has been practicing medicine in rural Alaska for three years. It’s the kind of intimate, full-spectrum family medicine the 34-year-old doctor loves.

Elissa Nadworny/NPR

In rural Alaska, providing health care means overcoming a lot of hurdles.

Fickle weather that can leave patients stranded, for one.

Also: complicated geography. Many Alaskan villages have no roads connecting them with hospitals or specialists, so people depend on local clinics and a cadre of devoted primary care doctors.

I followed one young family physician, Dr. Adam McMahan, on his regular weekly visit to the clinic in the village of Klukwan.

It’s a speck of a town alongside the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska, framed by snowy mountains that loom in the distance.

The village of Klukwan

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/13/527787511/in-rural-alaska-a-young-doctor-walks-to-his-patients-bedside?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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