Physician, Attorney Finds Purpose
A physician, an attorney, but more importantly someone who wants to make a difference, Lynn Fullenkamp ’02 credits Mercy High School in helping to develop her as a person who wants to use her talents to help others.
“At Mercy you have the best of both worlds. The academics and the college preparatory curriculum are second to none. But there is also a focus on becoming a genuine, caring person with finely honed interpersonal skills,” she said.
Although her sister, Beth Fullenkamp Hix ’00 attended Mercy, Lynn's parents gave her the choice on which Catholic school she would attend. She shadowed at Mercy and fell in love with the school.
“There is a great sense of community there. You benefit from being exposed to all socio-economic levels of students from every neighborhood. Exposure to those different perspectives broke down barriers and gave you a fuller appreciation of the breadth and depth of society,” she said.
While at Mercy, Lynn was involved in Student Council all four years, was the director of the Mercy Day play her senior year and played volleyball, basketball and ran track. She also participated in the Debate Team her freshman and sophomore year and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“My favorite subject was math. I loved the logic behind it and the process of solving a problem and coming up with a solution at the end,” she said.
She attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO where she majored in math and minored in communications. After graduating in 2006, she headed to law school at Notre Dame University.
“The law was another discipline where there was a logic to an argument and an outcome. I wanted to be an advocate for the underserved and use my legal knowledge for their betterment,” she said.
In 2009, the new attorney joined the Legal Aid of Western Missouri and helped clients obtain access to state public benefits. During her tenure, she became intrigued with benefits and health care issues and decided working with individuals through the healthcare field was her next calling.
Lynn went to medical school at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, graduating in 2016. She completed her pediatric residency at Wake Forest, in Winston Salem, NC, in 2019 and took a job as Pediatric Chief Resident. She will complete this job in June and will return to Kansas City working as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
“I enjoy working with children. What I like is the ability to address an issue, use my skills, solve the problem, and gain closure. At the same time my legal background is an asset as I help patients and their families navigate a complex health system. Making a difference in their lives is very fulfilling to me,” she said.