Troy University to partner with medical school in training physicians for Alabama

Posted: Wednesday, 27 August 2008

TROY—Troy University and a consortium of medical schools have established a partnership aimed at educating doctors to practice medicine in rural and underserved areas of Alabama.

Beginning Sept. 1, students from Alabama who are enrolled in A.T. Still University (ATSU) of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, AZ, will report to the Troy Campus to continue their medical education. Under this agreement between TROY and the Alabama Medical Education Consortium (AMEC) the University will provide classroom space in its Math/Science Complex to ATSU for the delivery of courses to its second-year medical students. Students in the ATSU program will receive Troy University parking and library privileges as part of the agreement. All coursework will be delivered as part of ATSU’s curriculum and will be taught by ATSU instructors.

“This partnership allows Troy University to provide a much-needed service to our state,” Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, said. “The stated purpose of AMEC’s efforts is to provide a pipeline to educate physicians for ‘rural and underserved’ Alabama. This is a worthy goal and we believe it will provide a model for future administrative partnerships for TROY as well as address the rural health-care needs of our state.”

Dr. Philip Reynolds, a member of the biology faculty at Troy University, will serve as the liaison between AMEC and TROY. Dr. Wil Baker is director of AMEC, which is a collaborative effort of 10 schools of osteopathic medicine and dentistry, including ATSU, established to address Alabama’s shortage of physicians.

Ten students who completed their first year of study at the A.T. Still campus in Mesa will complete years two-four of their training for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the AMEC site on the Troy Campus and in regional clinical facilities. Dr. William Hamilton, a neurologist and medical educator, will serve as the full-time clinical facilitator in Troy.