Student Ambassadors: Arkansas

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Abdul Ansari


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S
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Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Texas at Arlington (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Treasurer for the Internal Medicine RSO, Secretary for IMRA, Professional Leadership Co-Chair for SOMA. I have volunteered with the Delta Caravan and at the St. Bernard Hospital. enjoy cooking, reading, playing football and basketball in my spare time.

I chose NYITCOM because: The sense of community was evident from the first day I was on campus. As an Arkansas native, I loved that this program had the unique opportunity to serve the rural and underserved areas of my home state.

NYITCOM is special because: We have fostered a unique and diverse environment of collaboration. The students and faculty here come from different backgrounds and have their own experiences to share which enhances our educational experience.

Future Plans and Goals: My future goal is to one day become an internal medicine physician. I want to practice medicine in areas where medical access is scarce.I also want to become a teacher and educate future medical students.


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Jacob Austin


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S
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Hometown: Springfield, MO
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Drury University (Biochemistry)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Wilderness Medicine RSO Vice president, Global Health Certificate Program, Violin, Mandolin, Guitar.

I chose NYITCOM because:

NYITCOM is special because: I grew up in the Ozarks. NYITCOM-Arkansas grants me the privilege of studying global health through NYITCOM's certificate program while simultaneously focusing on rural health issues facing the communities I grew up in.

Future Plans and Goals: I am currently undecided when it comes to specialty, but Emergency Medicine looks better and better every day.


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Michael Berry


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S
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Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Arkansas (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador

I chose NYITCOM because: My experience working as a Standardized Patient during my undergraduate years at A-State at NYITCOM prior to applying to medical school is what led me to pursue a degree in osteopathy. I learned so much, and felt supported and encourages by faculty and staff.

NYITCOM is special because: NYITCOM at Astate is special because of the close connections you will form with the faculty and classmates. Faculty offices are easily accessible and always want to know how you are doing outside of school and if they can assist in anyway.If I was ever in need of help during a life event, I know faculty at NYITCOM would be understanding and try to help in any way possible.

Future Plans and Goals: While I am open to any specialty, I am currently interested in a serving the pediatric population.


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Shravya Bommaveddi


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.A
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Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Illinois Wesleyan University (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Vice President of Diversity of Medicine, Internal Medicine RSO, ACNOP, Pediatrics RSO, SOMA

I chose NYITCOM because: On my interview day, the students I interacted with made me feel at home. Though other schools also talked about their tight-knit community, NYITCOM-Arkansas was the only one I actually felt a part of on interview day. Additionally, I have an interest in global health, so NYITCOM's Global Health certificate was a huge plus.

NYITCOM is special because: As a school with two campuses, NYITCOM offers a number of unique opportunities that help students develop into strong physicians while giving back to the surrounding community.

Future Plans and Goals: I am currently open to any speciality, but I am leaning towards family medicine or internal medicine. I'm hoping rotations will give me a better idea of which specialty to pursue.


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Sonia Brown


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.A., B.S.
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Hometown: Westlake, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Texas at Austin (Biochemistry)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, President of Latino Medical Student Association, Outreach Mentor, Research, Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA), Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

I chose NYITCOM because: I could see that the school was a tight-knit community. Not only did the students all seem to know each other very well, but they also seemed to have a close relationship with the faculty and staff. In addition, everyone I met at the school was extremely warm and welcoming.

NYITCOM is special because: NYITCOM is special because it has given me a family in Jonesboro that I care a lot about. This family has quickly become an excellent support system that continues to motivate me daily.

Future Plans and Goals: Currently interested in many fields like Dermatology, Surgery and Pediatrics


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Kayla Brown


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Texas A&M University (Biomedical Sciences, minors in genetics and neuroscience)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, President of Wilderness Medicine RSO, member of Student Osteopathic Surgical Organization and Christian Medical and Dental Association, Global Health Certificate

I chose NYITCOM because: After interview day I knew NYICOM was right for me. The staff genuinely cares about you and I have felt it from day one. This on top of the DO philosophy and emphasis on rural medicine made NYITCOM the obvious choice.

NYITCOM is special because: The small class size and supportive faculty and staff really make it feel like a close community. There are numerous resources available on campus and online, and everyone readily shares study materials. We all look out for each other and want everyone to succeed. There's definitely a small school feel without losing the amenities (i.e. the rec center, on-campus Starbucks, etc) of a large campus.

Future Plans and Goals: Though previous work experience got me interested in surgery or emergency medicine, I'm trying to keep an open mind. I'm excited to see other specialties during third year rotations.


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Ana Maria Burlea


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown:Bucharest, Romania/ Chicago, IL
Undergrad/Grad School (Major):Loyola University Chicago (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, SGA Academic Affairs Representative, Student Osteopathic Medical Association, Internal Medicine RSO

I chose NYITCOM because: A learning environment that optimizes my academic potential and emotional capacity is of utmost importance to me. The sense of comradery and support fostered by staff and administration at NYITCOM-Arkansas made me feel that medical school can and will be every bit as worthwhile as it is challenging.

NYITCOM is special because: The culture of collaboration among students, faculty and staff is what sets NYITCOM at A-State apart. We have a community that supports students in their endeavors and challenges, while promoting a team work approach to the practice of medicine.

Future Plans and Goals: I am interested in internal medicine and wanting to explore a subspecialty in endocrinology or rheumatology.


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Ritu Calla


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education M.S.
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Hometown: Poway, CA
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Washington (Political Science)/ Drexel University (Biomedical Science)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, SOMA, Research Club, Social medicine certificate

I chose NYITCOM because: I decided to attend NYITCOM at A-State based on two factors - the environment and their mission. From our first day, it was apparent that everyone wanted to help us succeed. Not only did they provide any assistance they could offer during school but many of the faculty extended a helping hand during the tornado and pandemic as well. On top of genuine people, NYIT remains dedicated to serving rural areas. Their emphasis in rural healthcare was one of the reasons I applied, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

NYITCOM is special because: NYITCOM-AR is special because of the care and support of the people. The students, faculty and staff all come together to create an amazing and supportive community.

Future Plans and Goals: I am interested in internal medicine


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Madeleine Cook


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Baylor University (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, VP of SAAO RSO, First Year Liaison for the OB-GYN RSO, Outreach Mentor, member of SOMA and ACOEP

I chose NYITCOM because: of its mission to provide those in underserved areas with access to quality healthcare. On my interview day, I felt such a positive, welcoming atmosphere. In addition to the curriculum, I was impressed by the many opportunities for student involvement. I knew that NYITCOM-Arkansas would provide me the best training to become a physician.

NYITCOM is special because: NYITCOM really looks at the applicant as a whole and accepts a wide range of students, which helps in group activities since everyone has a unique point of view. In addition, the faculty honestly care about our goals and success as future doctors.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan to move back to Texas and work as an OB-GYN.


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Brian Dreher


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education M.S.
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Hometown: Harker Heights, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Arizona State University (Biochemistry)/Case Western Reserve University (Medical Physiology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Osteopathic Military Physicians, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)

I chose NYITCOM because: I really enjoyed the school and everyone I was able to meet when I interviewed. NYITCOM-AR shares a curriculum with the New York campus, but has all of the A-State resources readily available. Besides academic resources such as the library and IT services, there are also outlets for personal interest including the gym and sporting events. Jonesboro is not too far from home for me, and it has the feel of a small town while also having all of the amenities of a larger institution.

NYITCOM is special because: The students really do look out for one another. Classmates are constantly reminding each other about upcoming deadlines and assessments, while students from the years above have always done an excellent job of sharing their experiences, answering questions, and providing advice. Additionally, the faculty and staff work to get to know each individual student and ensure that each student is progressing through medical school as smoothly as possible.

Future Plans and Goals: I am currently planning on pursuing a surgical specialty in the United States Navy Medical Corps.


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Stephen Evridge


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Texas Woman's University (biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Emergency Medicine RSO

I chose NYITCOM because: When visiting NYITCOM-Arkansas I felt a very warm and welcoming vibe from the faculty and students. I wanted to choose a school where there were great opportunities and a sense of community.

NYITCOM is special because: The student body works together to help each other

Future Plans and Goals: Emergency Medicine Physician


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Ashlyn Fisher


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: St. John, KS
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Kansas State University (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, SOMA Chapter President; Outreach Mentor; SOSA, Emergency Med, Anesthesia, and Rural Health RSO member

I chose NYITCOM because: I decided to attend NYITCOM at A-State based on two factors - the environment and their mission. From our first day, it was apparent that everyone wanted to help us succeed. Not only did they provide any assistance they could offer during school but many of the faculty extended a helping hand during the tornado and pandemic as well. On top of genuine people, NYIT remains dedicated to serving rural areas. Their emphasis in rural healthcare was one of the reasons I applied, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

NYITCOM is special because: The faculty, staff, and even students are eager to help all of us succeed. Whether this is in the form of hosting tutor sessions, one-on-one academic counseling, sharing study techniques, or hosting group reviews, NYIT fosters a welcoming environment for all of us to come together and learn the material on a deeper level.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan to pursue a residency in anesthesiology and return to central Kansas to practice.


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Allison Friedhoff


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Truman State University (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, AMWA Vice President, Outreach Mentor, National Outreach for Diversity Volunteer

I chose NYITCOM because: I was looking for a DO school that would be active in helping students succeed.

NYITCOM is special because: Instead of a sense of isolating competitiveness among students, this school community offers a sense of support. Our classes are a smaller size, which allows you to genuinely know all of your peers. Additionally, the faculty has genuine concern for not only our academic success, but also our general well-being. The support I receive at this school is special and something I greatly appreciate.

Future Plans and Goals: I have not yet decided on a specialty, but have discovered many areas of interest throughout the course of my first year. I plan to keep an open mind as I continue learning and growing as a future physician. Overall I plan to serve my community and patients to the best of my ability.


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Syed Hasnain


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Texas A&M University (Biology)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Pre-Med Society, AMSA, AIESEC, Arkansas Medical Society, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry

I chose NYITCOM because: NYITCOM chose me and decided to give me a chance that others weren't willing to do.

NYITCOM is special because: The friendships, the community, the doctors and staff are all amazing and I am glad to be here.

Future Plans and Goals: Residency in Psychiatry with a chance to open up my own clinic in the future.


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William Hawkins


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.E.
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Hometown: West Memphis, AR
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Memphis (Health and Human Performance concentration Exercise Science)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Vice President Anesthesiology Registered Student Organization, IMRA (Interdisciplinary Medical Research Association) Registered Student Organization, Internal Medicine Registered Student Organization, Outreach Mentor, Baptist Memorial Healthcare Partnership Program, SOMA (Student Osteopathic Medical Association), AOMA (Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association)

I chose NYITCOM because: the environment. I felt part of a family when I came for my interview. Everyone was so friendly and I felt right at home.

NYITCOM is special because: The sense of community fostered among the students, faculty, and administration makes it feel like home. Everyone wants us to succeed and is willing to help however they can. It is also a great opportunity to provide healthcare resources in the delta region

Future Plans and Goals: I am keeping an open mind and plan on solidifying my plans as my education proceeds into clinical rotations, but at the top of my list right now is Diagnostic Radiology.


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Spencer Heath


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.N
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Hometown: Graham, TX
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Texas Christian University (BS in Nursing)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, Emergency Medicine RSO - President; Latino Medical Student Association; Wilderness Medicine RSO; Research RSO; Outreach Mentors

I chose NYITCOM because: This school turned interview day from something nerve-racking and stressful into a day that I genuinely enjoyed. Why? The friendliness of the faculty, staff, and students. Everyone was extremely cheerful and it really seemed like they wanted me here. Moreover, my faculty interviewer was very laid back and made the interview seem more like a conversation as opposed to a test.

NYITCOM is special because: NYITCOM-AR is special because I have found a family of like-minded individuals here. This school looked beyond mere numbers and recruited a smart and capable cohort of diverse and passionate individuals. The strengths exhibited at this school are extraordinary and I'm proud to be a part of such an impressive array of future professionals.

Future Plans and Goals: Emergency Medicine residency, followed by critical care and possibly medical director fellowships. I want to be part of the conversation on changing the face of resuscitation, leveraging new technologies to bring meaningful survival to as many patients in extremis as possible. I will live wherever I have to to make that happen


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Abdelazeez Ihmeidan


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.A.
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Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): University of Arkansas (International Relations)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, SOMA, Yoga

I chose NYITCOM because: The environment here is welcoming, collaborative, and supportive. Everyone helps and encourages one another which has helped me become the best medical student I can be. I have established strong and meaningful relationships with my peers and I feel blessed to be part of this community.

NYITCOM is special because: It is on an actual university campus. Other schools I visited were more isolated, so being on an university campus gives it a lively feeling I prefer. Also, the environment and people make the school special. People are friendly and care about your success. You feel part of the Jonesboro community, and that is a very welcoming feeling.

Future Plans and Goals: I plan to graduate and pursue a residency. After that, I am moving back to Arkansas, mostly like Fort Smith since that is where my family lives. But if life changes and I find myself back in Jonesboro, I would love to be part of the faculty to give back to the school and help the state.


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Caroline Kelley


Campus: Arkansas
Highest Education B.S.
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Hometown: Walnut Ridge, AR
Undergrad/Grad School (Major): Arkansas State University (Biology Pre-Professional)
Clubs and Activities: Student Ambassador, SOMA Senior National Outreach for Diversity Director SGA Executive Board Wellness Chair

I chose NYITCOM because: I wanted to attend a program focused on working with underserved populations. Also on Interview Day, I felt the faculty and staff were truly looking out for the students and provided multiple resources to help students succeed.

NYITCOM is special because: Osteopathic medicine was a new concept for our region, and I have witnessed the positive effects it has had on my community and the Delta. This school is making a big impact and its an honor to be a part of the change.

Future Plans and Goals: Open an integrative medicine clinic that encourages holistic health.