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teopathic medical school do have a uniqueness to their practice. They’re able to perform osteopathic manipulative therapy, and some of that language is unique. So, having that unique voice that repre- sents the profession is important. However, it’s also important to make sure that voice is heard on mul- tiple levels. The AOMA and the AMS have enjoyed a good working relationship already and continue to look forward to working together for the benefit of all medical students, physicians in the state, and ultimately, for the overall health of the state.” From left to right: ARCOM students Joseph Kordsmeier, Trent DeLong, Michael Page, Kelley Harris, and Dania Abu Jubara; Frazier Edwards, MPA. pital for typical third-year core rotation training, but they’re also required to do a community hospital rotation – usually a critical-access hospital in a rural area – and a rural family practice rotation,” said Edwards. “Because these locations are short- staffed, students are right in there with the staff working … it’s a ‘roll-up-your-sleeve, let’s get to work’ approach.” Magnolia-native Michael Page is aiming to- ward just such a diverse, hard-at-work medical practice – in his home town, no less. Page is part of ARCOM’s inaugural class and is among those currently gearing up for post-second-year exams. Upon passing, he will move on to rotations. Set to graduate in May 2021, Page plans to pursue residency in family medicine. He hopes to, even- tually, be back in Magnolia to open his own family practice. “My interests in family medicine center around the broad training I can receive that will allow me to provide inpatient and outpatient ser- vices, perform procedures, deliver babies, and ful- fill my desire to be useful to the rural population of patients I intend to serve,” said Page. “Growing up, I had the opportunity to spend time at the lo- cal family doctor’s office in Magnolia where my mother was the office manager. After seeing the family doctor serve many roles as a pillar in the community, I was strongly influenced.” Having more physicians is a win, particularly when those physicians remain in Arkansas to prac- tice in underserved areas. ARCOM recently received accreditation to provide residency and fellowship education to its graduating students.**** In line with its goal of producing more Arkansas primary care physicians, the school is at work now to develop new residency programs in the areas where those students are needed. ARCOM has the capacity to assist area institutions in various roles. “We can be adaptive,” said Edwards, who recently announced a residency partnership with Unity Health. “At Unity Health, we’re going to be an academic partner. In other instances, we will be the sponsoring institution. “We have several programs that are in the ap- plication process. CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs is one example of a partnership that will benefit the community. They’re a core rotation site for our third- and fourth-year students. Now, they’re devel- oping residency programs in internal medicine and family medicine to start with. So, the hope is to have those programs ready by the time those students graduate. Statistics show that students tend to stay where they train, and we want to develop as many programs as we can that work with that statistic. We want to start by recruiting them from our service area. If we can then train them through rotations in the area, and then if they can enter a residency pro- gram in the area, there’s a good opportunity for a community to retain them in the area.” Support for All Medical Students and Physicians / AMS and AOMA With more medical students in the state, there is much interest from professional societies to work together to provide support to future physicians. In addition to his role at ARCOM, Edwards is the exec- utive director of the Arkansas Osteopathic Medicine Association. He advises students to take advantage of the support offered through medical specialty organizations. “There’s an ongoing effort through the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to find ways in which all medical schools and societies can come together to better serve the needs of the state. As for the AMS and AOMA, we have always worked closely together on difficult issues, whether it’s at the capitol or in outreach efforts to try and get the profession engaged. “We encourage students to join both the AMS and the AOMA. Students that graduate from an os- 248 • THE JOURNAL OF THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL SOCIETY The AMS is pleased to shine a light on the state’s osteopathic programs and their impact on the medical profession and the health of Arkan- sans. AMS Executive Vice President David Wroten encourages students to reap the benefits of soci- ety participation. “Medical students are the future leaders of their profession. We recognize that and want not only to be supportive but also to help stu- dents attain the skills and knowledge necessary to assume those leadership roles,” said Wroten. “The first thing the new students will learn about AMS is that the organization makes a strong commitment for the entire length of their medical training. From the first year of medical school through their final year as a medical resident, membership in the AMS is available at no cost to the student. “However, that’s just the beginning of the So- ciety’s support. As part of our commitment to in- volving all students in our organization, AMS has amended its bylaws to pave the way for osteo- pathic students to create AMS student chapters.” To learn more about the state’s osteopathic medical schools, visit nyit.edu/arkansas and acheedu.org/arcom. *For more statistics on osteopathic students and practicing physicians (U.S.), download the latest Osteopathic Medical Profession Report at https://osteopathic.org/about/aoa-statistics. **The Association of American Medical Colleges provides Arkansas physician retention data and related statistics. https://www.aamc. org/download/484516/data/arkansasprofile.pdf ***Learn more about NYITCOM’s Delta Car-a-van. https://www.nyit.edu/box/Features/ medicine_on_the_go **** The following articles offer a more detailed look at ARCOM’s work on the residency side. https://www.swtimes.com/news/20180209/ arkansas-college-of-osteopathic-medicine-enters- agreement-with-chi-st-vincent-at-hot-springs https://talkbusiness.net/2019/01/arcom- gains-accreditation-for-residency-fellowship- programs/ VOLUME 115