The staff of the Mount Ayr Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome Scott Bland, DO, to the clinic. Dr. Bland and his family are relocating to Mount Ayr in June, and he’ll begin practicing on July 6. A healthcare professional with a wide variety of interests, Dr. Bland didn’t go directly into medicine as a career. “My undergraduate degree was in interdisciplinary studies,” he laughed. “It’s a liberal arts degree and I collected a lot of random credits!”
After working in various jobs including construction, he decided one really hot day to go back to school. “If I had been a better carpenter, I may have made a difference decision. But it was clear that it wasn’t the career for me!”
He went back to college during nights and weekends to get the credits he needed to be accepted into medical school. “While you’re in medical school, you’re not allowed to have another job, it’s full time.” he explained. All in all, it took him 11 years and he’s now completing his residency in Greensboro, NC.
Dr. Bland, his wife Desiree, and their two teenage children are all looking forward to the move to Mount Ayr. “I was looking for a rural environment for our family,” he said. “We’re all excited about less traffic and more space to run around.” With his relocation, the Iowa National Guard is gaining a flight surgeon as well. He’s transferring his commitment to Iowa and will serve one weekend a month, and two weeks a year for the Guard.
“Do you know what I love about medicine?” he asked. “I love to give people a high-five for the wins. I love helping them get through something, and over time becoming part of the process to keep them healthy. I find that really interesting!” As a primary care physician in the Mount Ayr Medical Clinic, Dr. Bland will be serving patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and he’s looking forward to becoming a valued part of the community.
To schedule an appointment with Scott Bland, D.O., call the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic at 641-464-4470.