Jonathan Swisher - visiting medical student with area ties and local grandfather doctor

Acquiring clinical experience during a rural family medicine preceptorship at Philip Health Services, Jonathan Swisher is following a career choice that runs in the family.

“I’ve seen many patients here whom my grandfather used to see when in practice. People recognize the name and ask if I’m related,” said Swisher. His grandfather, Dr. Lowell P. Swisher, had a family practice in Kadoka from around 1960 to 2000, and is now retired in Rapid City.”

Jonathan is a third-year medical student at the University of South Dakota. He has been under the tutelage of Dr. David Holman in Philip since April 7, and will be returning to classes May 5. This is Swisher’s first clinical experience. During his fourth year, he will be in another family medicine rotation somewhere, then he will begin his residency program and work toward a yet-undetermined specialty.

“I hope to come back to western South Dakota after I get out of the Army,” said Swisher. He is currently in the U.S. Army Reserve and will be doing his residency with them at some large medical center. His Army scholarship comes with him committing at least six years with the Army. “I’ve thought about the military since before high school. It’s a good fit. They have really good training programs, medical care and big hospital residency spots.”

Swisher knows the Philip, Kadoka and Murdo area well. “I know how to take gravel roads anywhere between here and the Hogan Ranch. Though I grew up in Spearfish, I’ve golfed in Philip for years.

“As a student, I spend so much time studying medicine, that I’m trying to remember what I used to do otherwise. I liked to mountain bike and other outdoor stuff.

“I’ve had a really good time here. This is a great facility and everyone has treated me really well – here and in Kadoka, since I have been going with Dr. Holman to that clinic every Thursday.”