Marshall Medical Centers is located in Alabama, a state in critical condition when it comes to having enough doctors to serve the population. According to the 2015 Community Health Assessment released by the Alabama Department of Public Health ,only 28 of Alabama’s 67 counties have an adequate number of physicians to serve their populations.
Marshall Medical Centers is focusing on the future and will bring in 3 students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan to begin a clerkship starting July 27 of this year.
Dr. Lance Justice of Marshall Medical Centers stated
“It seems like yesterday that I was a medical student rotating for a month at Marshall Medical Centers,” he said. “One of the many reasons that I chose Marshall County to practice medicine was the love I felt from the community, as well as the knowledgeable medical staff and state-of-the-art facilities.”
These students represent the first class of students produced by the newly established college. Last fall, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn Campus opened, just 2 years after the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine opened its doors in Dothan. The non-profit colleges were founded to address the doctor shor21age in Alabama.
“Our mission is to educate physicians that will return the areas of most need in rural and Appalachian states,” said Cindy Rawlins, spokesman for Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. “We try to recruit students from rural communities with less than thirty thousand people. We look for students who truly have a heart of service. They want to return to help their community.”
Marshall Medical Centers requested an innovative feature to LogicJunction’s indoor wayfinding kiosks. Visitors can lookup their destination by entering the department or doctors name into a large touch screen kiosk. Some visitors may not even have this information so each kiosk is configured to connect visitors with live hospital staff, similar to Apple’s FaceTime. After the visitors know where they are going, the kiosk can print out directions. This should reduce the frequency doctors are stopped by lost visitors.