Unity Health Hosts Monumental Event

Unity Health cordially invites the community to attend the installation of its inaugural class of the Unity Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program. An official White Coat Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting will be held Wednesday, July 1 at 10 a.m. in the Hubach Conference Center located on Unity Health’s White County Medical Center campus at 3214 E. Race Ave. in Searcy.

The Searcy Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for the new program and physicians in residency will receive their white physician coats during the formal ceremony. Speakers will include Unity Health’s Director of Medical Education and Interim Family Medicine Program Director, Dr. Dewey McAfee and the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education at Kansas City University, Dr. John Dougherty.  The Honorable Mike Beebe, former Governor of Arkansas will speak about the importance of the program for the entire state of Arkansas.
Unity Health’s internal medicine program is the first of its kind in the state, while the psychiatric program is the only psychiatric osteopathic residency program in Arkansas.

The GME Program, which officially begins on July 1, offers osteopathic residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry. Sixteen medical school graduates have committed to completing their residency at Unity Health. Eight of the residents will train as internal medicine physicians, while five residents will train as family medicine physician and three residents will train in psychiatric medicine.

Serving as the graduate phase of medical training, each program offers three years of intensive, hands-on osteopathic medicine training within both hospital and clinic environments.   With a medical staff consisting of more than 150 physicians representing a broad range of specialties, both programs offer resident students front-line opportunities and excellent educational experiences caring for patients in various environments including hospital, clinic and surgery.

“The goal for students in our program is to receive the best residency experience possible and receive the highest quality training,” said Dr. David Covey, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director. “We want our residents to be motivated to do well in our program and make sure they are well-prepared to provide the best care for their patients.”

The program will help prepare residents to practice as osteopathic physicians. Physicians who practice and are trained in osteopathic medicine, also known as D.O.s, focus on a holistic view of medicine based on the philosophy that all bodily systems are connected and related to each other. Osteopathic medicine concentrates on the patient’s health as a whole to diagnose rather than treating the symptoms alone. Great emphasis is also placed on preventing disease.

For more information about the program, please visit www.unity-health.org/osteopathic-residency-program-0.

As the leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area, Unity Health and its associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. Unity Health is the largest employer in an eight-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.

In addition to the White County Medical Center and Specialty Care Campuses, Unity Health in Searcy includes Unity Health – Clarity Health and Wellness, Unity Health – Family Practice Associates, Unity Health – Urgent Care, Unity Health – McAfee Medical Clinic, Unity Health - Orthopaedic and Spine Center, Unity Health – Searcy Medical Center and Unity Health – Searcy Medical Center, West, Unity Health – Westside Family Medical Clinic, Unity Health Cardiology Clinic and Unity Health Oncology Clinic.