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Laurent Named to National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Board of Directors

Dr. Brookshield Laurent of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.
Dr. Brookshield Laurent of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

JONESBORO, ARK. Brookshield Laurent, DO, chair of clinical medicine at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, has been named to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Board of Directors.

NBOME is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions. NBOME board members are carefully chosen based on expertise and experience in clinical disciplines, medical education and assessment, and medical or regulatory administrative experience reflective of the needs of the public.

Laurent is one of four new board members elected during the NBOME annual board meeting, which was held virtually in December.

“During the COVID-era, we are thrilled to be able to welcome four new members to our board to help lead the way to a better future in osteopathic medicine,” NBOME President & CEO John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, said. “As it is our mission to protect the public, we cannot do so without the guidance and perseverance of our dedicated board of directors.”

In addition to leading NYITCOM at A-State’s department of clinical medicine, Laurent is also the executive director of the Delta Population Health Institute, the community engagement arm for NYITCOM at Arkansas State.

“We are very proud that Dr. Laurent has been selected to this prestigious role,” said Shane Speights, DO, dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “Her experience, expertise, and passion for training future physicians make her a perfect fit for the NBOME Board of Directors and I’m certain the organization will greatly benefit from her contributions.”

Laurent earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Rowan-School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed specialty training in Family Medicine at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware. She is a fellow of the AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship and is also a fellow of the Physician Leadership Institute through the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

During her tenure at NYITCOM, Laurent has served as course director for foundational medical and clinical skills courses. She was appointed as an associate faculty for the NYIT Center for Global Health, teaching and providing students opportunities to engage in global health research, policy, and practice. Laurent’s work in global health led to her appointment as chair for the Peredo Hospital Health Advisory Board for a rural health care organization in Haiti.

Laurent also served as the director for the NYITCOM Population Health Certificate Program, which was established to prepare rising physicians to become leaders in community health. She has further developed the program to equip student physicians to address social determinants of health and gain competencies in U.S. and global health policy, health advocacy, and rural health.

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