Monument Health’s Dr. Kurra serves as “Doctor of the Day” in Pierre
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The “Doctor of the Day” program was started by South Dakota’s State Medical Association and gives physicians across the state an opportunity to volunteer at the capitol.
On Thursday, they had a special guest from Rapid City.
Monument Health’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Shankar Kurra, was in Pierre for his second time as “Doctor of the Day.” He was there from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., treating everyone at the capitol, from legislators to interns.
“Fortunately there was nothing too serious; most of them I could handle with either prescription or dispensing some medication, or even in one case, they gave an injection,” Dr. Kurra says.
Dr. Kurra says it’s nice to talk with state reps in a more casual setting.
“You’re not allowed to lobby while you’re there. So we do talk, but it’s more casual, informal kind of talk. But it was nice to see our legislators in action,” Dr. Kurra says.
And it’s about more than just being a doctor.
“I think it’s a nice way for physicians to give back to our legislators,” Dr. Kurra adds. “We’re very proud to be part of this, to be part of something big, to give back to the state of South Dakota, so it’s really exciting to be a doctor of the day.”