ACOM students prepare for clinical rotations

Amy Andre, left, and Judy Higby of Medical Staff Services discuss clinical rotation options 3706ACOMClerkshipFair310x153 with ACOM students during the school's recent clerkship fair. Hospitals from Alabama and the surrounding region visited the school to present details about their facilities and network with students from ACOM's class of 2017 in advance of clinical clerkships (rotations) which will begin in August.

Pich named regional EMS medical director

Fredrick A. Pich III, DO, has been named the medical director for the Southeast Alabama Emergency 2704PichFred310x153 Medical Services (SEAEMS) Council. Dr. Pich is an emergency room physician at SAMC.

The SEAEMS Council is one of six regional emergency medical services (EMS) groups statewide which works with local emergency medical services, hospitals and first responders. The SEAEMS service area includes 18 counties in Southeast Alabama and more than 60 patient transport agencies.

As medical director, Dr. Pich serves on the board of directors and ensures that all aspects of the council's activities are medically based and appropriate. He also represents the regional group on the State Emergency Medical Control Committee and serves as co-chair of the Regional Trauma/Stroke Advisory Council. Dr. Pich also works with local physicians in developing the regional EMS system and provides continuing educational opportunities for EMS agencies.

Dr. Pich is a Dothan native who also serves as EMS medical director for the Dothan Fire Department, Dothan Ambulance Service, Headland Fire and Rescue and Abbeville Rescue.

Angel Tree gift distribution

Juhi Shah, president of SAMC's TeenAge Volunteers, helps load gifts for the SAMC sponsored Christmas families. 3664ChristmasDonations310x153 SAMC collected gifts for approximately 35 individuals through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Several departments selected a needy child or family and purchased Christmas gifts for them. Way to go team, for being so generous this holiday season and all year long!