HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/27/13) – Thanks to a partnership with Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn., third and fourth-year medical students recently completed the inaugural year of Jennie Stuart Medical Center’s Medical Student Training Program. The program began in July 2012.
“This is a win-win for everyone,” Program Co-director Jeffrey Riggs, DO, Gastroenterology, says. “The intent is to develop primary care physicians, and there is a domino effect that can benefit the entire community. Students get individualized attention, and I’m seeing benefits for my patients.”
The other co-director is J.D. Littleton, DO, Internal Medicine.
In January, JSMC began its second semester Clinical Training Site rotations for five medical students. Each semester lasts six months, and each student typically works a 40-hour week. They are evaluated each month, as well as tested.
In addition to Drs. Riggs and Littleton, other members of the JSMC Medical Staff participating in the Medical Student Training Program are Vinna Humphries, MD, Family Practice; Matthew Robinson, MD, FACS, General Surgery; John Stitt, MD, FACOG, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Geeta Chavda, MD, Internal Medicine; and Sanjay Chavda, MD, Internal Medicine.
“The JSMC Medical Staff really stepped up and embraced our Medical Student Training Program,” Program Administrator Austin Moss, vice president, Human Resources & Support Services, says. “The students were challenged and learned much through the hands-on application of their clinical education. We thank the participating physicians for their commitment to medical student education.”
“It’s nice to have the camaraderie with the students, and they’re so eager to learn,” Dr. Riggs says. He is also an adjunct professor at Lincoln Memorial University. “It’s been a great experience.”
Since the program began, four of six required clinical training rotations have been offered. A fifth—Behavioral Health—will now be offered at Cumberland Hall Hospital.
For more information, call JSMC Human Resources at (270) 887-0176.
Information provided by Linda Browder
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