Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce its affiliation with Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) as a core site to provide medical training to third and fourth-year ACOM medical students.

"We are pleased to partner with ACOM and offer a site for training medical students," said Carlton Ulmer, President and CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. "We value community and medical education institutions and the opportunity to help prepare the medical professionals of the future."

ACOM students spend the first two years of medical school on the college's campus in Dothan gaining a foundation of medical knowledge and skills before moving to a core clerkship site for third and fourth year. During the third year, students will train in six core disciplines - internal medicine, family medicine, OBGYN, general surgery, pediatrics and behavioral medicine - followed by an emergency medicine clerkship during the fourth year. In addition, students will participate in multiple elective and selective training opportunities, further preparing them for the residency process.

"We look forward to sending our Class of 2018 students out into their clerkships this coming fall, and for the communities where they are going to see the preparation and professionalism our students will demonstrate," said Craig J. Lenz, DO, Dean of ACOM. "This represents a tremendous milestone for our institution, our students and our network of clinical faculty."

ACOM has a network of nearly 1,000 credentialed physician preceptors throughout the state of Alabama and region. In addition to Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, ACOM has 21 other core sites for student medical training throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle in the following locations: Anniston, Birmingham, Brewton, Centreville, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Foley, Gadsden, Guntersville, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Sheffield, Sylacauga, Tallahassee and Troy.

"We are truly excited about this opportunity as it brings a new horizon of academic excellence to our medical community and Bay County. The response from the medical community has been overwhelmingly positive and the pace of progress toward a start date of July 2016 has been ahead of schedule," said A. Oussama Rifai, MD, ACOM-Panama City site director.

Since its inception, ACOM has been working to set the stage for successful clerkship activities. This includes gathering feedback from physician preceptors about best practices, installing video conferencing units at each core site, providing onsite training for physician preceptors and training coordinators to effectively manage student experiences.

About the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM)

ACOM is a four-year, comprehensive osteopathic medical school located in Dothan, Alabama. As the academic division of the Houston County Health Care Authority, the private, non-profit college was founded in 2010 to help address the primary care physician shortage in Alabama. ACOM is the third medical school in Alabama and the first osteopathic medical in the state. For more information about the college, visit or stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.