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Alumni Returns for Hospital Day

Current Students Look Ahead to Clinical Rotation, Internship and Residency Opportunities

It’s only been a few years since Zach Inman, DO (’14), Joel Garrison, DO (’13) and Jennifer Carson, DO (’14) were searching for clinical rotation, internship and residency opportunities.

Now, the three doctors of osteopathic medicine, along with several other LECOM alumni, made their way to the College’s annual Hospital Day event in Sarasota, Fla., to promote their respective institutions and dispense advice to the current group of second-year medical students.

Millcreek Community Hospital residents Farzad Pourarian, DO (’12) and Jennifer Carson, DO (’14) joined John Kalata, DO, Director of Medical Education and Regan Shabloski, DO, LECOM Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at Hospital Day in Sarasota, Fla.

“It’s exciting to see this event from another perspective,” said Dr. Inman, a first-year internal medicine resident at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. “I am honored to be in a position to give back to the College.”

Dr. Inman remembers attending Hospital Day with the Class of 2014 just two years ago.

“Hospital Day allowed me to see how many good programs and how many opportunities were available for us,” he said. “Everyone was so encouraging.”

Dr. Garrison, a second-year family medicine resident at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., was happy to come home.

“It’s fascinating to see the process in motion from the side of a physician,” said Dr. Garrison, who grew up in Bradenton and attended Lakewood Ranch High School. “LECOM prepares students well for family medicine. The training I received at LECOM has paid off.”

Thirty-four medical institutions, including Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pa., participated in the event at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota (Fla.).

“Hospital Day is very important both for the institutions and students who attend,” said Robert George, DO, LECOM Associate Dean of Academic affairs. “The purpose of Hospital Day is to allow students to inquire as to various clinical rotations and residencies that will be available to them upon graduation.”