Seven future physicians from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (NYITCOM) Class of 2021 have matched into U.S. military residencies.
Upon graduating from medical school, physicians must complete a residency training program and obtain a medical license to practice medicine in the United States and become board certified in a specialty. Medical residencies last three to five years for primary care physicians, with other specialties requiring additional years. While the “civilian” match will take place on March 19, 2021, medical students who have committed to military service for their residency are matched early in the year.
“Military physicians play a critical role in defending our freedom, providing timely and skilled care to those making the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., dean of NYITCOM. “We salute our student doctors who have voluntarily taken the charge to support and care for the service members that protect us all.”
Military physicians deliver healthcare services to military personnel and their families and work in a variety of settings, including hospital ships and international medical centers, among others. Physicians enlisted in the military may also participate in international relief and humanitarian efforts, helping to care for the victims of natural disasters and other events requiring medical stability operations.
“I am incredibly proud of these outstanding student doctors, and I congratulate them on their remarkable achievements,” said Shane Speights, D.O., site dean, NYITCOM-Arkansas. “We, as an institution, have tremendous respect for the work and sacrifice made by those who serve our country, and we are honored that these students have chosen this path of service as they continue their medical education.”
U.S. Army matches include:
- Steven Camacho (NYITCOM-Long Island), who will complete a family medicine residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Kimberly Fletcher (NYITCOM-Arkansas), who will complete a psychiatry residency at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas.
- Zai Ganesh (NYITCOM-Long Island), who will complete an internal medicine residency at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
- Jessica Gregory (NYITCOM-Long Island), who will complete a psychiatry residency at Walter Reid National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
- Danny McIntyre (NYITCOM-Arkansas), who will complete a transitional year residency program at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga.
U.S. Air Force matches include:
- Benjamin Tartter (NYITCOM-Long Island), who will complete an emergency medicine residency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
U.S. Navy matches include:
- Craig Mills (NYITCOM-Long Island), who will complete a transitional year/flight surgery residency in Portsmouth, Va.
“My time in the Navy was one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of my life, and I’m thrilled for our students who are certain to gain similar invaluable lessons as they begin their graduate medical education and enter active duty in the military,” said Amanda Deel, D.O., associate dean of academic affairs at NYITCOM-Arkansas. Deel spent five years in the U.S. Navy following her completion of medical school and provided expert guidance to NYITCOM-Arkansas Student Doctors Kimberly Fletcher and Danny McIntyre throughout the match process.
After graduation from NYITCOM, the future physicians will begin their Graduate Medical Education (GME) in conjunction with service to their country. They will take the military oath of office at NYITCOM’s 2021 hooding ceremonies this spring.
By Casey Pearce