Capital Regional Medical Center September 14, 2015

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) is pleased to announce its affiliation with Capital Regional Medical Center as a core site to provide training to third and fourth year ACOM medical students. This week, 12 ACOM students began their core clerkship (rotation) training with physician preceptors in medical facilities throughout the region.

"We are truly excited to send our inaugural Class of 2017 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 are pleased to partner with ACOM and offer a site for training medical students," said Mark Robinson, President and CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center. "We value community and medical education institutions and the opportunity to help guide the medical professionals of the future."

ACOM has a network of nearly 900 credentialed physician preceptors throughout the state of Alabama and region. In addition to Tallahassee, ACOM has 17 other core sites for student medical training throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle in the following locations: Anniston, Birmingham, Brewton, Centreville, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Gadsden, Guntersville, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Sheffield, Sylacauga and Troy.

"Here in Florida's capital city, we are uniquely positioned to provide excellent and comprehensive training to medical students. As our hospital and community grows, so will the need for highly qualified and well-trained doctors," said Richard Thacker, DO, Core Site Director. "In partnership with Capital Regional Medical Center and other medical facilities in the Big Bend region, we have been able to coordinate over 100 enthusiastic physician preceptors. The Tallahassee medical community has embraced the opportunity to teach the next generation of osteopathic physicians. I am privileged and excited to be part of the development of this new partnership with the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine."

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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 the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM)

ACOM is a four-year, comprehensive osteopathic medical school located in Dothan, Alabama. As the academic division of the Houston County Health Care Authority, the private, non-profit college was founded in 2010 to help address the primary care physician shortage in Alabama. ACOM is the third medical school in Alabama and the first osteopathic medical in the state. For more information about the college, visit www.acomedu.org or stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.