ACOM Breaks Ground on Taylor Clinic

Southeast Health’s Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine recently broke ground on what will be the home to ACOM’s Taylor Clinic. The facility, located at 39 Windy Hill Road, will serve the Taylor community and surrounding areas and will allow for expanded service to our Wiregrass surrounding communities.

During the ceremony, which took place on September 7th, 2023, remarks were made by James C. Jones, DO, FACEP, Dean of ACOM; Justin G. Hovey, MD, who will serve as medical director of the clinic; and Taylor Mayor, Billy M. Snell Jr.

“People in rural areas have poorer health outcomes because of distance to care and even cost of care.” according to Dr. Justin Hovey.

The clinic will double as an opportunity for ACOM students to get hands-on learning experience at the clinic while delivering quality health care to the community.

The idea to bring the clinic to Taylor came in part from Mayor Billy Snell, as the facility is being built his family property. Many people in the city have to travel outside of Taylor for medical care, including Mayor Snell. This motivated him to find a better solution to best use the property.

Snell said it means the world to know that this clinic could potentially save lives and improve the overall health of the community.

Work on the clinic has already begun and it is expected to be completed in a years time.

ACOM Breaks Ground on Taylor Clinic2023-09-13T10:09:30-05:00

Public Notice: COCA Visit Information and Third-Party Comment Instructions

Preparing for a Comprehensive Site Visit with COCA

We’re pleased to announce that ACOM is in the midst of preparing for our upcoming Comprehensive Site Visit, an important evaluation by our accrediting body: the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). This event is scheduled to take place from December 4th to 7th, 2023.

The Comprehensive Site Visit holds importance as it serves as a comprehensive review aimed at addressing all COCA standards. This evaluation process involves an in-depth, on-site assessment, where COCA examines ACOM’s adherence to accreditation standards in detail.

Central to this visit is our dedicated Self-Study, an introspective report compiled by ACOM. This comprehensive self-assessment is submitted to COCA, showcasing our commitment to complying with all COCA standards. You may connect with COCA to share your thoughts on ACOM’s Comprehensive Site Visit and Self-Study:

Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

Address: 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611-2864

Phone: (312) 202-8124


Thank you for your support as we work diligently to achieve our accreditation goals and enhance the quality of education at ACOM.

Public Notice: COCA Visit Information and Third-Party Comment Instructions2023-08-24T09:32:41-05:00

Southeast Health Named to the Forbes Best-in-State Employers 2023 List

DOTHAN, Ala – Southeast Health is proud to announce for the second year in a row, we have been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers.

This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced today, and it can currently be viewed on the Forbes website.

America’s Best-in-State Employers 2023 were identified in an independent survey based on a vast sample of Americans working for companies with more than 500 employees in the USA. Participants were asked whether or not they would recommend their employer to friends and family, and to evaluate their employer based on criteria including working conditions, diversity, salary, potential for development and company image.

“There is no complicated formula to becoming a Best-in-State-Employer. Simply put, it starts and ends with great employees who are committed to providing excellent patient care in a safe environment, as well as educating future physicians. It is their dedication to this organization and community that allowed us to receive this prestigious award.” said Rick Sutton, chief executive officer of Southeast Health. “I am proud of our Southeast Health team for giving of themselves daily in service to the community, our patients and our students. We don’t do it for awards or recognition, we do it because service is in our heart, and we believe every patient and student deserves access to your very best.”


Sutton went on to say, unsolicited recognitions like this confirm we are moving in the right direction to improve quality and safety, along with patient and student satisfaction. As we continue to garner awards for quality, safety and Best-in-State employer, we enhance our reputation as a preferred healthcare provider and top osteopathic medical school.


About Southeast Health

Southeast Health, which includes the region’s largest not-for-profit hospital, is a community-based academic health system dedicated to improving health and wellness for residents of southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Southeast Health system includes the Medical Center, Medical Group, Foundation, Statera Network, and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). The Medical Center is a 420 bed regional referral center serving more than 460,000 residents. It is one of three certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Alabama, and is recognized as a Level II Trauma Center and Chest Pain Center. In addition, Southeast Health has the region’s only NICU with specialty trained neonatologists

Southeast Health Named to the Forbes Best-in-State Employers 2023 List2023-08-22T14:15:27-05:00

ACOM Brings Home Fifth National Simulation Championship in Seven Years

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) continued its dominance last week of the national simulation competition by claiming its fifth national championship in the last seven years.

Since 2017, ACOM has also won three international championships.

The most recent national championship came June 15-17 in Phoenix, Arizona as ACOM bested seven other teams vying for the crown, which included two teams from ACOM. The other schools represented were: Armed Forces College of Medicine/Egypt, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Universidad Autonoma de Gaudalajara School of Medicine (UAG Owls), Yale School of Medicine and Instituto Technologico de Santo Dimingo.

The “Biohazards,” which was comprised of all first-year female students, included, Hannah Rose Mixon (Captain), Sireen Salin Hilo, Sandra Fanous, Sanjana Rasamsetti and Sonia Patel.

“I’m proud of this team of first-year students,” John T. Giannini Jr, MD, associate professor of Internal Medicine/director of Simulation said. “This championship speaks to the simulation program and the integral component it plays in ACOM’s curriculum and training. They are seeing the same cases in the simulation lab that they are learning about in the classroom.”

In addition to Dr. Giannini, the simulation program faculty includes Jim Nolin, FNP-C, instructor of Primary Clinical Skills, Dianne Walker, simulation curriculum coordinator, Justin Bonds, simulation technology specialist and four sim fellows.

“We are proud that this success represents the solid and strong foundation of medical education that all of our students receive,” said James C. Jones, DO, FACEP, ACOM Dean. “This is reinforced through their training in the simulation center.”

Dr. Giannini, Mr. Nolin and Ms. Walker, who head ACOM’s program, are well respected in the simulation world.

ACOM Brings Home Fifth National Simulation Championship in Seven Years2023-06-22T15:12:44-05:00

ACOM Faculty and Alumni Present at DO Day 2023

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) was the most represented osteopathic medical school at this year’s DO Day event, with personnel featured in three different informational sessions.

Dr. Richard Thacker, ACOM’s Associate Dean of Clinical Resources, presented on the bill-making process, as it pertains to healthcare and education-related bills. Meanwhile, ACOM Alumni Dr. Aerial Petty and Dr. Shawn Hamm presented during the Strengthening the Physician Workforce, and The Current State of Congressional Committee Work sessions, respectively.

DO Day is an advocacy event held annually by the American Osteopathic Association. It is the profession’s largest public policy and advocacy event and is hosted in conjunction with National Osteopathic Medicine Week (NOM Week). This year’s event took place from April 15-20, and included a virtual conference as well as in-person congressional meetings.

ACOM Faculty and Alumni Present at DO Day 20232023-06-20T10:58:29-05:00

Alabama Medical Education Consortium (AMEC) Update

The state funded Alabama Medical Education Consortium (AMEC) was incorporated in 2004 as a 501C3 to increase the number of physicians in rural and underserved areas of Alabama. The AMEC Pipeline successfully brought third- and fourth-year medical students to Alabama for their last two years of medical school developing statewide core sites for clinical training to provide community-based education.  The core teaching sites were later committed to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) for placement of its third- and fourth-year medical students for clinical clerkships.

A second mission began in 2017 to assist hospitals with startup state funding and consultation to develop residency programs. Recognizing that many physicians tend to practice near where they train, AMEC began conversations with Alabama hospitals about developing residency programs.  AMEC and ACOM have successfully worked to develop and enrich the growing number of teaching hospitals in Alabama. In 2023, 13 Alabama hospitals had established Graduate Medical Education programs.

We are pleased to share the data below about the programs and the resident/physician population generated by AMEC/ACOM efforts.

Medical student graduates from AMEC’s Pipeline – 328; 121 licensed in Alabama

Residents in AMEC-affiliated programs have grown from 21 in 2017 to 231 in 2023

Number of residency graduates in 2021 – 21; 97 projected for 2023

Residency graduates licensed in Alabama – 33

Alabama Medical Education Consortium (AMEC) Update2023-06-14T09:54:35-05:00

Local Chapter of SAACOFP Receives Humanitarian Award at National Conference

The ACOM chapter of the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (SAACOFP) was recently chosen to receive the Humanitarian Award at the ACOFP 60th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars.  The convention took place from March 29 – April 2 in Orlando, Florida. The award is given in recognition to the chapter that has excelled in organizing and participating in humanitarian events within their school, community, and beyond while acting as an advocate for osteopathic physicians.

The ACOM chapter of SAACOFP was chosen because of the volunteer work their members perform with the Samaritan Clinic and Samaritan Pantry. Both resources are managed by Love in Action Ministries and offer valuable resources to people in need throughout Dothan. The Samaritan Clinic offers free health and eye care to the homeless, people living in group homes, and inmates on the Houston County Corrections Work Release program, while Samaritan Pantry is a resource that provides food, toiletries hygiene products, and clothing to those in need.

This Humanitarian Award is an honor that recognizes SAACOFP as a group of future physicians who are positively impacting the Dothan area with empathy, compassion, and dedication.

Local Chapter of SAACOFP Receives Humanitarian Award at National Conference2023-05-25T16:35:40-05:00

ACOM Chapter Selected as National SAMOPS Chapter of the Year

The local chapter of the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) was chosen earlier this year, as the national chapter of the year. The award was presented in March at the AMOPS Annual Meeting & Medical Conference. This is the second year in a row that the ACOM chapter has received this distinction. They were selected above all other applicants due to the extensive community outreach and support that they provide throughout the year at various events.

The ACOM chapter of SAMOPS is an organization for ACOM’s military community, including those currently serving, interested in commissioning, or arriving as a student veteran.

ACOM Chapter Selected as National SAMOPS Chapter of the Year2023-05-30T14:15:24-05:00

ACOM at the SGEA Annual Meeting 2023

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) had a strong presence recently in Nashville at the first in-person Southern Group on Education Affairs (SGEA) conference since 2019! The theme was “Building the Future of Medical Education Together.” ACOM faculty participated in the conference planning committee, served as Medical Education Scholarship awards reviewers, and/or facilitated sessions throughout the conference as moderators. ACOM students participated in meaningful conversations during the engaging sessions and workshops by asking thought-provoking questions while raising the dialogue on major themes impacting medical education today. Whether it was in a poster session or an oral presentation, our students presented their research in medical education from the summer research program at ACOM. In addition, ACOM was the only osteopathic school represented among many allopathic medical schools from the Southeast region. ACOM also had the strongest medical school representation from Alabama. Funds available through the division of Anatomy and Molecular Medicine helped support the student research and travel. More information on the conference is available at

SGEA fosters excellence along the continuum of medical education—undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education—by providing a forum for discussing the concerns of the medical education profession, serving as a resource, and acting in an advisory capacity to the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the AAMC.

ACOM at the SGEA Annual Meeting 20232023-03-28T15:52:09-05:00

ACOM Hosts SNMA Region IV Medical Education Conference

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region IV Medical Education Conference (RMEC) is an annual conference that allows underrepresented minority medical students, premedical students, and their allies to attend a weekend of innovative programming geared at preparing the next generation of physicians for successful careers in the medical and healthcare fields. RMEC 2023 was held during the weekend of February 3rd at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). This year’s conference theme was “R.E.G.I.O.N. IV the Culture: Revitalizing, Energizing, Generating, Innovating Our Narrative IV the Culture” where there was a push to revitalize and energize members to feel empowered to generate and innovate their narrative of what the culture and landscape of medicine should like for them and the future patients that they will serve.

The conference weekend hosted over 60 attendees – ranging from high schoolers and undergraduate students to post baccalaureate and medical students. There were various conference tracks to fit the needs of the attendees – a virtual pipeline high school academy, an international medical graduate (IMG) track, and premedical and medical student tracks. The conference hosted an exhibitor fair with various medical and residency programs – even Caribbean school representation was present! The attendees enjoyed talks about finances, networking, medical and residency school applications, had the opportunity to interact in hands-on skills workshops, and so much more! There were smiles on the speakers’ and attendees’ faces alike! No one wanted the programming events to end as there was such engagement from all parties involved.

Overall, RMEC was a phenomenal weekend and an astounding success with many attendees having increased their involvement in SNMA following the conference and are looking for opportunities to encourage their peers to attend the conference next year! This conference would not have been possible without the help of the ACOM SNMA Chapter, the ACOM administrators and staff, the conference sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and attendees! A huge thank you goes to all of you for supporting SNMA and Region IV the Culture!

Event Photos

ACOM Hosts SNMA Region IV Medical Education Conference2023-03-10T15:37:58-06:00
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