Two NYITCOm Student Doctors Matched to Military Residencies
JONESBORO, AR – Two members of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University’s Class of 2021 were matched to U.S. military residencies this week and will begin their Graduate Medical Education (GME) in conjunction with service to their country.
Student Doctor Kimberly Fletcher Matched in Psychiatry and will perform her residency at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas and Student Doctor Danny McIntyre was placed into a Transitional Year program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia.
“I am incredibly proud of these outstanding student doctors and I congratulate them on their remarkable achievements,” said Shane Speights, D.O., dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “We as an institution have tremendous respect for the work and sacrifice made by those who serve our country, and we are honored that these students have chosen this path of service as they continue their medical education.”
Upon completion of medical school, physicians must complete a residency training program to obtain a medical license to practice medicine in the U.S. and become board certified in the physician’s specialty. Medical residencies last three to five years for primary care physicians, while some specialties require additional years. Medical students who have committed to military service to complete their medical education are matched early in the year, while the “civilian” match takes place on March 19, 2021.
NYITCOM at A-State students participating in the Military Match received expert guidance throughout the process from Amanda Deel, D.O., associate dean of academic affairs, who spent five years in the U.S. Navy following her completion of medical school.
“Student Doctor Fletcher and Student Doctor McIntyre are not only committing to serve their fellow man, but also their country,” Deel said. “My time in the Navy was one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of my life, and I’m thrilled for our students who are certain to gain similar invaluable lessons as they begin their graduate medical education and enter active duty in the military.”