ACOM students receive clerkships

Members of the ACOM class of 2017 learned last week where they would spend their third 4985ACOMClerkshipDayAnticipation310x153 and fourth years of clinical training. Students attended Clerkship Day in December 2014 to collect key information needed to select their top sites of interest. After making selections, students submitted their preferences and anxiously awaited their assignments.

"I really hoped that I would get one of my top three choices," said second-year student Brian Hansen. "I knew those locations would be easier for my family. I ended up in Sheffield, my top choice!"

Clerkship sites included hospitals in Birmingham, Guntersville, Mobile, Sheffield, Huntsville, and other Alabama cities. Tallahassee, the sole Florida site, was a popular choice as well. In addition to the clerkship rotations, four 2nd year students received an Anatomy/OPP fellowship in which they will serve as guest lecturers and laboratory assistants for the Class of 2018 and 2019 during their anatomy, primary clinical skills and osteopathic manipulation courses. They will also see patients with Drs. Greg Thompson and Kevin Hayes in a clinical environment.

In the photo, ACOM student Paul Richard of Cullman opens his envelope to learn his clerkship location.

Yunis speaks at Senior Discovery event

Cardiologist Nidal Yunis, MD was the keynote speaker at a Senior Discovery event on Feb. 2. 5061YunisSrDiscovery310x153 As part of SAMC's Heart Month activities, Dr. Yunis spoke to senior citizens about the risk factors and warning signs of heart disease. Dr. Yunis also mentioned to the group that his interest in cardiology as a profession sprung from a family history of heart disease and his desire to help people who have heart problems. Senior Discovery offers wellness, education and entertainment activities to keep seniors active, healthy and young at heart.

Copeland joins hospital board

Retired educator Tellis Copeland was recently appointed to the Houston 4464CopelandTellis310x153County Health Care Authority. Copeland spent his entire professional career as an educator in Dale County, retiring from Wallace College as an administrator and counselor. This is his second term as a member of the Houston County Health Care Authority; having served on the board from 1977-1983. Copeland replaces Ted Long, who passed away last fall.