Poteau, Okla.-based Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center will serve as a clinical rotation facility for students at Fort Smith-based Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM).
Rrotations will begin in July 2019 when ARCOM medical students will spend their third year of medical education training in clinics and hospitals, according to an ARCOM statement.
“At ARCOM, our mission is to train competent and compassionate physicians that serve the underserved. We accomplish this through active adult learning in a highly technological forward facility and by fostering a community centric attitude in our students. We are excited to partner with EOMC, who also believes in the power of high-tech and high-touch care to serve their community,” Dr. Ray Stowers, dean and provost for ARCOM, said in a statement.
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital. Hospital services include emergency department, medical/surgical unit, ICU, sleep lab, IV infusion clinic, geriatric behavior health, labor & delivery, physical therapy, and radiology.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to partner with a wonderful institution like ARCOM,” said Shaun Keef, CEO/CFO of EOMC. “This will truly take healthcare to a higher standard in our area. Our doctors are excited to be able to teach the next generation of up-and-coming physicians about rural healthcare. Everyone benefits when we have a school like ARCOM in our backyard.”
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a private, non-profit institution, and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine opened its doors to its inaugural class in August 2017. ARCOM is interviewing students for its next class of 150 osteopathic medical students.