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Jackson Hospital home to new medical school campus

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Jackson Hospital is announcing a new medical school campus for the clinical training of third and fourth year osteopathic medical students.

Beginning this month, the Alabama Medical Education Consortium, or AMEC, will have eight third-year students and six fourth-year students on the newly developed Jackson Hospital medical school campus. The students are still in the transitional phase from out-of-state osteopathic schools.

For the past 10 years, Jackson Hospital has been a host site for rotations for students through AMEC, which will become incorporated into the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) this fall. Currently, 14 students from the AMEC are working alongside Jackson Hospital's physicians performing their clinical rotations.

"A community-based education site like Jackson Hospital will be a premier teaching site for students," said Dr. Wil Baker, executive director of AMEC and associate dean of ACOM. "We have been connected to Jackson Hospital now for several years and we've gotten to know the hospital and the physicians. We've time-tested Jackson Hospital and it will be as good as it gets when it comes to educating students for their third and fourth years."

The first class of ACOM will become third-year medical students in July 2015. When fully developed, ACOM will have about 20 students in both the third and fourth years of medical school on the Jackson Hospital medical campus, for a total of 40 students.

"Jackson Hospital understands the importance of training physicians for our community's needs," said Jackson Hospital CEO Joe Riley. "As the Affordable Care Act and the development of Medicaid's Regional Care Organizations make medical care more readily available to our patients, we must respond by also increasing the physician workforce. We are proud to be a leader in this grassroots effort as we partner with ACOM to facilitate medical education in our area."

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