Bethany Laubacher, MD

Oregon Health and Sciences University

I was born in San Diego, California but frequently came to visit Ventura County as a youngster as this is where my father’s family has its roots.  My family moved up to Bend, Oregon when I was in middle school which is where we now call home. 

Growing up, I always had a desire to help people along with a fascination with physiology so medicine naturally seemed a good fit.  For undergrad, I attended the University of Notre Dame and it was there that I really grew in my passion for working with the underserved, especially Latinos, as I rotated in hospitals in a study abroad program in Mexico as well as worked at a clinic for the farmworker population in rural Idaho. 

For medical school, I returned to Oregon and attended Oregon Health & Science University.  As a medical student, I was further encouraged to pursue my dream of working as a family physician for the underserved in community outreach experiences, a medical mission trip to Papua, Indonesia, and under the guidance of several influential mentors. 

I don’t know yet how my career will take shape, whether that is as a physician in rural America, in an urban FQHC, or abroad, however I knew I wanted to train at a residency program that challenged me to learn the broadest skill set so that I am prepared to work in an under-resourced setting.  In the end, I was most excited by the program at Ventura to do the work I feel called to do not just as an attending, but already as a resident. So far I have not been disappointed; I am working hard but learning along the way and am energized by the tremendous privilege we have as physicians to enter into people’s lives at such critical moments.