Dr. Edwin R. Bonilla, M.D., of the Family Health Clinic in DeRidder, is currently assisting Tulane University, School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine by serving as a clinical instructor for the Family Medicine Clerkship program. Sam Kaplan, a third year medical student at Tulane, will complete his Family Medicine Rotation here in DeRidder with Dr. Bonilla, as well as Dr. Chris Granger, also of the Family Health Clinic.
Kaplan grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, right below where Harlem starts. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Kaplan was influenced to study medicine by his grandfather. “To this day, when I picture the doctor I want to be I think of him, a pediatrician, who for decades practiced out of a tiny office in a small town on Long Island. He didn’t think about making money; he simply provided care for his town, and loved what he did,” expressed Kaplan. Although he is from the city, he enjoys spending most of his free time outside. He enjoys hiking, fishing, birdwatching, and watching rugby games.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to mentor and precept medical students as they prepare to become medical doctors,” said Dr. Bonilla. Throughout his Family Medicine Junior Clerkship rotation, Kaplan will work in a clinical setting in order to gain knowledge of the family physician’s place in the overall healthcare system. Although he is undecided, he is leaning towards being a primary care pediatrician, but since starting medical school, he has become more interested in psychiatry. If given the opportunity, Kaplan would love to teach someday. In addition to working with Dr. Bonilla and Dr. Granger in a clinical setting, Kaplan will have the opportunity to work with other local physicians and clinical staff at Beauregard Health System. During his month stay, he will receive room and board as a courtesy of Beauregard Health System.