With the start of the new school year, there’s a new pirate back in town. Dr. Julia Nicholson, who is a graduate of Drew Central High School, has returned to Drew County to join the Monticello Medical Clinic practice with Drs. Tim and Sylvia Simon and Jay Connelley.
“I’m glad to be back home,” Nicholson said. “I like small towns, and I like to practice small town medicine.”
Nicholson is joining the clinic after completing a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) residency that had her stationed in Fort Smith.
Nicholson said she decided to become a doctor while in high school, but she isn’t sure what made her initially want to pursue medicine.
“I really don’t know what made me want to become a doctor back then,” she laughed.
Nicholson earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of the Ozarks before going to UAMS.
“A lot of doctors are getting their undergraduate in business, and other things than biology, but I really like science and I was really interested in it,” she said.
After medical school, Nicholson began the three-year family practice residency, and completed it in June.
“I took six weeks off between the end of my residency and beginning my practice to just relax for a little bit,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson began seeing patients at the clinic last week, and she says it’s been great.
“It’s been a little slow, but I think it’s great to have a slower pace at first,” she said. “That way, I can build up to a faster pace.”
Nicholson said she enjoys her work very much, and loves being a family physician.
“No day is ever the exact same,” she said. “You never know what’s going to walk through those doors with every patient. I like that.”
Nicholson said having a family practice will allow her to see a wide range of patients, both young and old.
“Family medicine gives me a wide scope of practice,” she said. “I really like that.”
One of the favorite parts of family practice is delivering babies.
“I really like delivering babies,” Nicholson said. “I haven’t delivered a baby here yet because I’ve only been here a week, but I really enjoy that aspect of family practice.”
While she is just settling into her career, Nicholson said she likes her career already, and is happy to be home.
She is the daughter of Patricia Nicholson.