2010-11-04 / Local & State

FCMC Now Training Med Students


Sarah Luber, medical student Sarah Luber, medical student With the help of medical staff President Dr. Sharon Martin, The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) added Fulton County Medical Center as one of its teaching hospitals. FCMC is proud to be a part of the program’s rotation schedule to rural facilities. It will serve as a clinical training site for third- and fourth-year medical students. LECOM is the largest medical school in the country. It has campuses in Erie, Seton Hill University in Greensburg and Bradenton, Fla.

According to Public Relations Director Misty Hershey, “Not only do the students get firsthand experience at FCMC, the students also rotate through the local physician practices, including Dr. William Milroth, Tri- State Community Health Center and Dr. Sharon Martin. We love having the students here; they are a breath of fresh air. Their willingness to learn and be a part of the community are just the things we’ve hoped for, it’s also great recruiting tool for small, rural hospitals.”

“Having medical students from LECOM rotate through our hospital system is a win-win situation. Medical students get to see how a community hospital provides services to the public, and get to rotate in different areas such as office practice, radiology and surgery. They also get exposed to how life is as a rural doctor, and the special concerns that it raises. In turn, we get the benefit of helping train our newest doctors, and may even “hook” one of them into coming back to work with us! This has been a wonderful partnership for all of us,” stated Dr. Martin.

“My experience at FCMC has been nothing short of amazing. Having the opportunity to get true hands-on experience in a supportive and cooperative environment is difficult to obtain. I have not only gained exposure in several procedural techniques, but I’ve learned medical diagnostic and treatment skills from talented and extremely competent physicians. Fulton County has been a welcoming community and has opened my eyes to the benefits of practicing in a rural, underserved area. I hope to return here for another rotation and will certainly consider Fulton County as a potential future site when I finish my degree and enter a medical practice,” stated Sarah Luber, MSIII.

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