New Doctors in the House

I have some exciting news that we hope will help solve a looming issue affecting our communities’ health.

We have partnered with the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, located in Jonesboro, to train future doctors.

The agreement, which begins immediately, identifies up to 25 NYITCOM medical student positions that will be dedicated specifically to students who want to train at Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities during medical school. In subsequent years the program can include up to 50 students in the Baptist-NYITCOM cohort. Students selected to participate in the program will have designated training at Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities during their first and second year, and participants will execute their year three and year four clerkships at one of our 22 hospitals.

Upon completion of their medical education, these students will be encouraged to apply to one of our affiliated residency programs.

One of the many benefits of this program is that it likely will increase the number of physicians who choose to stay in our area to practice medicine. In one of my previous letters, I shared that physicians often choose to spend their careers in the communities where they complete their residencies. This is so important for us because not only are we experiencing a physician shortage, many experts predict it will worsen in the future. Programs like this can help solve that problem both by giving more students the chance to attend medical school and by providing career opportunities close to home.

Our primary care residency programs at Baptist Memphis, Baptist Golden Triangle and NEA Baptist Hospital have been tremendously successful at attracting and training gifted medical school graduates. This program will build on that success.

The people in our communities deserve access to quality primary care, and that starts by having highly skilled physicians in their cities and towns. I’m grateful that we can extend our healing mission by making this important investment in their health and the health of future generations.

Are you or someone you know interested in applying for this program? If so, please visit As always, feel free to send me your thoughts by email, tweeting me @jason_m_little or following me on LinkedIn.