BREWTON, Ala. - D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) are pleased to announce four ACOM students began their core clerkship (rotation) training with physician preceptors in medical facilities throughout Covington, Escambia and Monroe counties. Medical Students, Michael Schloss, Jordan Lawson, Timothy Helms and Arman Allabakhizadeh began their clerkships training alongside area physicians.
"We are truly excited to send our Class of 2019 out into their clerkships for the communities they are going to and for these areas to see the preparation and professionalism our students will demonstrate," said Craig J. Lenz, DO, Dean of ACOM. "This represents a tremendous milestone for our institution, our students and our network of clinical faculty."
ACOM students spend the first two years of medical school on the college's campus in Dothan gaining a foundation of medical knowledge and skills before moving to a core clerkship site for third and fourth year. During the third year, students will train in six core disciplines - internal medicine, family medicine, OBGYN, general surgery, pediatrics and behavioral medicine - followed by an emergency medicine clerkship during the fourth year. In addition, students will participate in multiple elective and selective training opportunities, further preparing them for the residency process.
"We enjoyed meeting our 2019 clerkship students and we are very thankful to be part of an outstanding medical program," said Chris Griffin, CEO/Administrator at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital. "The primary purpose is to support the further medical training of the students; however, it also offers us the opportunity to begin the recruiting process of future physicians to our local community."
ACOM has a network of nearly 1,500 credentialed physician preceptors throughout the state of Alabama and region. In addition to the Brewton area, ACOM has 23 other core sites for student medical training throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle in the following locations: Anniston, Birmingham, Centreville, Decatur, Dothan, Fairhope, Florence, Foley, Gadsden, Guntersville, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Panama City, Pensacola, Sheffield, Sylacauga, Tallahassee and Troy.
"I could not be happier about the partnership between our local physicians and Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine," said Jimmy Adkisson, DO, Core Site Director for the Brewton area. "With the ever increasing need for primary care in Alabama, it is great to know that Brewton and surrounding areas will play a part in training future physicians that hopefully one day will want to come 'back to their training' and begin their professional careers."
Since its inception, ACOM has been working to set the stage for successful clerkship activities. This includes gathering feedback from physician preceptors about best practices, installing video conferencing units at each core site, providing onsite training for physician preceptors and training coordinators to effectively manage student experiences.
About D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital
Governed by the Escambia County Healthcare Authority Board of Director, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital that has been a part of the Brewton, Alabama, community for over fifty years. The hospital's facilities include an eight bed intensive care unit; a 24 hour emergency room; general medical, surgical and obstetrical services; and a women & infants unit. In addition, D.W McMillan offers programs and support to area citizens through health education.