Student Ambassadors: Arkansas

Abunimeh, Amany

Amany Abunimeh


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Illinois at Chicago (Neuroscience)
Clubs and Activities: Co-President of American Medical Women's Association, Student Ambassador, Peer Mentor, Outreach Mentor – Project Heart Leader

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: NYITCOM-Arkansas allows me to feel safe and empowered in my community. As a native Chicagoan, moving to the South to begin medical school was an exciting but daunting experience. The efforts of the school to ease students' transition alleviated the stress of rapid change and allowed me to feel comfortable in being who I am in a place where I may not traditionally fit in. Through its people and compassion for students, NYITCOM-Arkansas has become home away from home.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: It allowed me to break the barrier to diversity in order to advance inclusivity. When I first started here, I saw an opportunity to interact with peers from all different backgrounds with whom I knew I could foster valuable connections. This campus has served as a breeding ground for me to connect with students who share my identity and those who do not, creating a sense of community through education for me and my classmates.


Ali, Kumail

Kumail Ali


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Biological Chemistry, Biology
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Treasurer of SAAO (Student American Academy of Osteopathy), Basketball, Football

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: Great opportunity to help the under served and makes it easier to visit home.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: The school is located in a community that is so welcoming to student doctors because of the need of physicians in the Delta region.

Future Plans and Goals: Interested in Neurology and plan to work in Dallas after completing residency.


Bagwell, Mallory

Mallory Bagwell


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Biology
Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: The environment was different here compared to everywhere else I had gone. It feels like a family and I thrive in that type of environment.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: There are so many options for one-on-one interaction. This includes faculty and staff as well as administration. There aren't many other schools I know where you can just walk up to and request 5 minutes with your Deans. I love how open our entire campus is to the students.

Future Plans and Goals: I am interested in pursuing a career in Hematology/Oncology.


Beckman, Kyle

Kyle Beckman


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Florida (Microbiology and Cell Sciences, Nutritional Sciences)
Clubs and Activities: Nation Liaison Officer, Student Osteopathic Surgical Association, LGBTQ+ Health Director, Student Osteopathic Medical Association

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: The medical campus and Jonesboro community immediately felt like home. The faculty and staff at NYITCOM and Arkansas State University truly embody southern hospitality. I feel continually challenged and engaged, while remaining supported and inspired.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: We have the unique ability to utilize resources from two medical campuses. It's empowering to be surrounded by so many individuals whose mission is to guide you in unlocking your full potential as a future physician.

Future Plans and Goals: Aspiring reconstructive plastic surgeon.


Bolbolan, Kabriya

Kabriya Bolbolan


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Chicago suburbs
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Illinois at Chicago (Biochemistry)
Clubs and Activities: Vice President of Student Osteopathic Medical Association, Treasure for Student Osteopathic Surgical Association

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: I wanted to learn and serve in an underserved area.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: Of the welcoming, supportive, and encouraging environment at the campus and the community.

Future Plans and Goals: I am interested in practicing Ophthalmology as it allow to have patients interaction as well as being able to do surgeries.


Byrd, Cali

Cali Byrd


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Keller, Texas
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Dallas Baptist University (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: National Liaison Officer for SOMA, Student Instructor, Internal Medicine RSO, Population Health Research

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: I loved the community environment created by the students and staff. Knowing that I was entering the most difficult 4 years of my life, I wanted a place where I truly felt at home. Furthermore, I was excited about the educational, clinical, and professional opportunities provided at NYITCOM-Ar.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: The atmosphere truly reflects a community. Being at NYITCOM is my second home. The professors and staff care about us not only as future physicians, but as members of their family, which is definitely special.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan on specializing in Internal Medicine.


Cabrera, Luis

Luis Cabrera


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Florida International University (Biology and Psychology Major)
Clubs and Activities:VP of Anesthesiology RSO

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: Of the homey environment in Jonesboro, everyone is so friendly and welcoming here.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: It provides all the resources and opportunities to succeed in a positive environment.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan on traveling to different places and working in underserved communities especially with the Hispanic population.


Campbell, Alexander

Alexander Campbell


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Newtown, CT
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of New England-Maine (Philosophy)/Indiana University (Biotechnology)
Clubs and Activities: President SAAO, Student Instructor for Foundations, Anatomy Tutor, Ambassador

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: The emphasis in rural medicine is something I am especially interested in, and NYITCOM Arkansas' mission centers around helping underserved and rural populations.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: The support of the faculty, staff, and administration has been pivotal in alleviating some of the immense stress that is encountered during medical education.

Future Plans and Goals: I am currently interested in specializing in either Interventional Cardiology or Gastroenterology.


Cunningham, Alexis

Alexis Cunningham


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Cabot, AR
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Arkansas (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Affairs Committee, Outreach Mentor, AMWA Treasurer

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: I strive to make a difference in the quality of healthcare in the Arkansas and Delta Region (the area I grew up in and want to serve).

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: The professors and faculty truly care about our long term goals and success as future doctors.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan to work as a physician in Arkansas. I am still deciding between family medicine, internal medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.


Damron, Gentry

Gentry Damron


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Bentonville, AR
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): B.S. (Biochemistry)/University of Arkansas (Community Health Promotion)
Clubs and Activities: University of Arkansas Rural Medicine Club, Family Medicine Club, Weight Lifting, Hiking, Carpentry, Football

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: I wanted to stay and learn about healthcare that directly relates to my home state.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: With the student class size we get to know each other and the faculty extremely well and can depend on one another.

Future Plans and Goals: I hope to one day practice medicine in Arkansas.


DiFore, Gabrielle

Gabrielle DiFore


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Hammond, IN
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Exercise Physiology
Clubs and Activities: SOSA, AMWA, SGA (Wellness Committee,) Anesthesiology Club

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: It felt like a family environment. Everyone works together and uplifts one another to make sure we all succeed

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: Of their care for every students mental, physical and spiritual health and their morale. It is great knowing that I have a wellness room if I need to decompress and tons of opportunities to stay physical, especially with the dean and assistant dean.

Future Plans and Goals: Becoming a Urologist!!


Erickson, Betsy

Betsy Erickson


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Biochemistry)
Clubs and Activities: Pediatrics RSO, SOMA, Ambassador, ACOEP, OB/GYN RSO, Rock Steady Boxing, Research

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: The staff here is absolutely amazing and from the moment I walked into the building everyone felt like family. This campus not only gives you a top notch medical education, but they also genuinely look out for you as a person.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: It gives you a chance to make a difference in underserved areas. We also have the opportunity to receive certificates in population health, and telemedicine. NYITCOM Arkansas constantly makes strides to make improvements that many other medical schools look at and adopt as well. We a a strong leader in the Osteopathic medical school community.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan on becoming a Pediatrician and later going on to specialize in neonatology when I graduate.


Faceson, Imari

Imari Faceson


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Missouri State University (Microbiology)
Clubs and Activities: Vice President of Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Student Ambassador, Outreach Mentor, Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA), Anesthesiology Registered Student Organization, Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: I chose NYTICOM because I felt instantly welcome by the faculty and the students the minute I stepped on campus. The opportunity to learn telemedicine and serve an underserved community enticed me to choose the Arkansas campus.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because they provide us with opportunities to earn certificates that will make us stand out during the residency application process.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan to practice in an underserved area and currently I want to pursue a surgical specialty.


Fontenot, Nicole

Nicole Fontenot


Campus: Arkansas
Curricular Track: LDB
Hometown: Cave City, Arkansas
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Radiologic Technology
Clubs and Activities: Anatomy Tutor, Wellness Committee Representative, SOMA Member, Yoga

I chose NYITCOM-Arkansas because: The environment. Everyone on this campus truly wants to see all of us succeed and are willing to go out of their way to make sure we reach our goals.

NYITCOM-Arkansas is special because: This campus is like a second home to me. From undergrad to the present, this campus has been instrumental in my educational career.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan to become a pediatric radiologist.