Class of 2020 Celebrates Core Site Assignments

ACOM’s Class of 2020 recently celebrated Assignment Day, an event revealing the locations where those students will train during the third and fourth years of medical school.

This is a major milestone in sending ACOM students into clinical rotations (clerkships) in communities across the region, and represents an important transition from the classroom to hands-on training in the field with physician preceptors. ACOM has a robust network of clinical resources with 24 core sites throughout Alabama and the Florida panhandle, as well as more than 1,400 paid credentialed clinical faculty (preceptors). In November 2017, students attended the annual Clerkship Fair event hosted at ACOM to learn more about the available core sites for third and fourth-year training. In January, students ranked their preferences of core sites, and assignments were made based on a computer algorithm.

Each student is assigned to one primary core site to complete the last two years of medical school, with an opportunity to train in facilities within a 50-mile radius of each core site for the core disciplines—family medicine, general surgery, hospice/palliative care, internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine. The Class of 2020 students will begin their clerkship rotations in July 2018.During Assignment Day, students received sealed letters their assigned sites, which they opened simultaneously. In keeping with tradition, the Class of 2020 commemorated the occasion with a balloon release.