Making the Rounds with Kourtney Dropps, MD

An interview with Dr. Dropps

Kourtney Dropps is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 2014. She went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident.

Question: You completed your residency training here at the Medical College of Wisconsin and now came back as an attending. What led you to return?

Dr. Dropps: Staying with the Medical College of Wisconsin was an easy decision for me when I was trying to decide where I wanted to build my practice. Working for the medical college allows me to provide excellent care for my patients while giving me the opportunity to dedicate some of my time to medical student and resident education, research and community outreach. I am also very grateful to be part of such an amazing team where everyone works together to provide the best care possible to all of our patients.

Question: Your passion is academic medicine. What brought you to this field and was there anyone who inspired you in this role?

Dr. Dropps: Part of being a physician is committing yourself to lifelong learning because medicine is constantly changing and advancing. Working at a teaching hospital fosters that environment of constantly learning and helps to ensure that I am always practicing current, evidence-based medicine. I have been fortunate to have so many outstanding teachers throughout my medical education. The mentors that made the biggest impact on me were the ones that not only taught me clinical knowledge and technical skills but also focused on the human side of medicine. They taught me how important it is to be humble and to treat patients with empathy and respect.

Question: What do you like most about your work?

Dr. Dropps: I was drawn to practicing obstetrics and gynecology because of the relationships that I get to form with patients. It’s a unique specialty where we get to care for the same woman for years or even decades of her life and experience so many different changes and challenges that are impacting her healthcare. I also really enjoy the variety in my specialty. Every day can be different from providing care for patients in the office to performing surgery for a gynecologic problem or delivering babies on labor and delivery. I’m lucky to work in a field where I’m excited to come to work each day!

Question: What do you do when you are not seeing patients?

Dr. Dropps: Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with family, especially my young niece and nephews. I also love exploring all the restaurants and outdoor activities that Milwaukee has to offer.

Question: Just for fun — what are your favorite movies, books, music?

Dr. Dropps: I really enjoy reading, especially memoirs. I think reading about someone else’s life story gives you insight and understanding into a world view that you would not have otherwise been able to experience. Two of my favorites are The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Educated by Tara Westover. I also enjoy watching period dramas like Downton Abby and The Crown.

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