Morgan Rogers, MD
Please write a quick bio introducing yourself.
I grew up in Williamsport, PA. For my undergraduate education, I went to Wheaton, College, in Wheaton, IL. I attended medical school in Scranton, PA, at The Commonwealth Medical College - close to my home in Williamsport as my husband was working for a family business in our hometown. I am currently a 2nd year resident at Williamsport Family Medicine Residency.
When and how did you decide to practice medicine?
I grew up in Williamsport, PA knowing I wanted to be a doctor from age 5. I saw how my parents, both in the medical field, cared for people and I wanted to do just that with my life. After shadowing many physicians throughout high school and college, I learned the value of preventative care and the doctor-patient relationship. It was only fitting that there was the perfect family medicine program for me in Williamsport. I am now halfway through my second year of residency and thoroughly enjoying it.
How did you come to choose family medicine as a specialty?
In medical school, I became involved in the FMIG during my first year as I was looking into OB/GYN, internal medicine, and family medicine. During my second year I was the president of the FMIG and, as they say, I “found my people”. I enjoyed interacting with all ages and learning the family dynamic of my patients.
is your favorite part about practicing family medicine?
My favorite part about family medicine is my patients. I enjoy the variety throughout a day of office - well child care, preventative checkups of healthy adolescents and young adults, and chronic disease management. Each patient brings a new aspect and opportunity for learning.
is the biggest challenge facing family medicine today?
I would say that the biggest challenge facing family medicine today is two-fold - the reimbursement and the prestige. We see in other countries that less expensive healthcare systems rise from a base of well compensated primary care physicians, yet we as a country continue to devalue primary care in regards to reimbursement compared to other specialties. In addition to this, the tide is changing, but historically, family medicine was not seen as a prestigious specialty. I cannot remember how many times I was told “you don’t want to do family medicine” or “you are too smart to go into family medicine”. Many students tell me they have similar experiences. On the contrary, the smartest physicians I shadowed during medical school and sought to emulate were family medicine trained. Students graduating from medical school with a large amount of debt do not see it feasible or desirable to go into family medicine because of this stigma.
encouragement would you give medical students to choose family medicine?
Do what you love and what makes you happy and do not let anyone talk you out of it! I found that the physicians I wanted to be like when I graduated residency were family medicine trained and this is what encouraged me to pursue my dream of being a family medicine physician. I personally feel that it is the best specialty because of my patients and how I am learning to treat and serve them holistically.