Partnership to provide medical experience to students

Partnership to provide medical experience to students

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -A new partnership will now help provide hands-on training to medical students.

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University just teamed up with Baptist Memorial.

Dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at ASU Dr. Shane Speights said they’re very excited about this partnership.

“We’re so thrilled about this partnership with Baptist Memorial out of Memphis,” Speights said. “This is truly in line with our mission that we established here just three short years ago. This will expand our footprint and our ability to truly meet the needs of those rural and underserved areas.”

Dr. Speights said they’ve been working to make this partnership a reality for about two and a half years.

He said the experience students will get will be invaluable.

“You can’t beat the experience these students are going to be getting in these different hospitals,” Dr. Speights said. “To be side by side with qualified, trained, exceptional physicians. Working in these needed areas and getting them indoctrinated into what it would be like in those communities.”

Dr. Speights said the idea is to give students a full experience with exposure to a wide variety of medical areas their is also a need in.

Students will be getting experience in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics and psychiatry.

“This program allows us to partner with a hospital system,” Dr. Speights said. “22 hospitals throughout the Mississippi Delta region. Which allows us to put our students into those hospitals. Thereby getting that experience and hopefully getting them in the idea to stay in those areas to practice medicine. They’ll be working side by side excellent physicians all throughout the region,” Dr. Speights. “Allowing our students to learn first hand what it’s like to practice medicine in these areas.”

pic of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro
pic of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro (Source: KAIT-TV)

Dr. Speights said students will begin to benefit from the partnership this fall.

“In August of 2019," Dr. Speights said. “This will allow us to move students into this particular program. They’ll start working in the Baptist system even as first year students. And allow them to move along through their medical education. Then once they get into their third and fourth year they’re working in the Baptist system.”

There are around 340 students enrolled in the NYIT program at ASU.

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