Fall 2012
Student Spotlight

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Reece Jones in dowtown Fallon

Reece Jones in downtown Fallon, where he grew up. Photo by Anne McMillin.

International experiences affirm student’s love of medicine

A product of rural Nevada, Reece Jones hails from Fallon and graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a degree in biology.

Synapse: You have had quite a bit of international exposure. How did those experiences influence your decision to come to medical school?

Jones: When I was called to serve a church mission in Mozambique, I was unsure where the country was even located let alone how to speak Portuguese, the native language. Mozambique quickly became home as the people and culture there are very friendly and accepting.

One of my many fond memories in Mozambique that reaffirmed my desire for medicine was volunteering at a rural pregnancy center, where mothers could receive services including vaccinations, developmental evaluation, and the like.

Many times we would see hundreds of mothers and babies in a matter of hours. It was busy, but we were able to give them the knowledge and access to care they needed to have a healthy baby and pregnancy. I found it very rewarding to be able to help so many people.

My decision to come to medical school had been made prior to my two years in Mozambique. However, I do feel that living there helped me to mature and grow as a person and future doctor. I was fortunate enough to volunteer hundreds of hours while in Mozambique in both health care and nonmedical settings.

While in Africa I saw various diseases as well as many medical failures and successes. Many of these memories will always be with me as a practicing physician.

Synapse: What is your particular area of clinical or research interest and what steered you toward it?

Jones: During this last year of medical school, I realized I would enjoy any specialty as a physician. This did not come as much of a surprise to me, as I truly feel I will be happy in any field of medicine. My ultimate goal would be to have my own private office for outpatient medicine.

Synapse: Best experience afforded to you by the School of Medicine?

Jones: Medical school has been exactly what I had expected, and I am enjoying it all. I really loved my third year electives the most because I enjoy working with doctors and patients. I especially enjoyed my family and internal medicine blocks.

Synapse: What is your hope for the residency match next spring?

Jones: I recently decided that internal medicine was my career path. I am hopeful to stay close to home. I am not sure whether I will pursue a specialty or not, but I think internal medicine is a good fit for me. Whether I'm a hospitalist, specialist, or in ambulatory medicine, I am excited to finally be Dr. Jones.

Synapse: What qualities do you possess that will add to your effectiveness as a physician?

Jones: I think of myself as a good listener and communicator which is obviously important to be an effective doctor. I also know how to work hard. Like any profession, being a good doctor takes a lot of work. The bottom line is that I care a lot about my patients, and in the end it's all about them.