On Monday, August 29, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital proudly welcomed 10 third-year medical students from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) in Lynchburg, Virginia to serve and learn alongside hospital colleagues and Medical Staff.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is partnering with the University to provide clinical education for their osteopathic medical students. These 10 students chose Effingham and St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital as their clinical sites for this year. The goal is to train primary care physicians who will hopefully return to practice in this region.
St. Anthony’s and Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine share an aligned vision: providing excellent patient-centered care to an underserved population through the marriage of medical science and the love of Jesus Christ. The college has designed a world class, distinctively Christian, student-centered curriculum taught by dedicated professionals who demonstrate excellence both in knowledge and experience within their practice of medicine.
As third-year medical students, they will work alongside Medical Staff preceptors, physicians who have chosen to help provide direction and guidance. The students will practice gathering information on patients such as history and physicals, doing consultations, and taking notes about a patient. Their work will be evaluated by their preceptor. Hospital physicians will still direct all orders and perform examinations and medical procedures with medical students observing.
Ryan Jennings, MD, Chief Medical Officer, shared, “We very excited about this opportunity to be a part of developing a new generation of physicians with the arrival of our new medical students from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are confident that this is a next step in allowing us to continue meeting the needs of the community into the future.”
For more information about Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, visit their Web site at www.liberty.edu/lucom. For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit the hospital Web site at www.stanthonyshospital.org. HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.