Tim McClure, M.D., of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, recently earned the Preceptor of the Year Award for the South Arkansas Region.

The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro recently presented the award.

The honor was based on a vote of NYITCOM students who trained in South Arkansas during the 2018-19 academic year and honors McClure’s dedication to educate student physicians to become servant leaders. McClure works in JRMC’s Emergency Department, according to a news release.

“Dr. McClure is the part of the rich heritage of physicians teaching future physicians,” said Janet Stallings, regional clinical site manager for NYITCOM. “Through his own demonstration of servant leadership, he prepares students to give back to the community. We are so grateful to the talented and dedicated physicians like Dr. McClure who partner with us to train future doctors.”

NYITCOM, located at Arkansas State University, is the first osteopathic medical school in the state and was established in 2016 with the goal of addressing the physician shortage in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta.

“Additionally, Arkansas ranks near the bottom among U.S. states in health outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, and NYITCOM operates educational programs to help people throughout the region understand how to live healthier lives,” according to the news release.

During the first two years of medical school, student doctors attend lectures and labs on campus. For years three and four, students work with a licensed physician in a hospital or clinic to receive hands-on training.

NYITCOM has partnerships with more than 150 hospitals, clinics and doctors throughout Arkansas.

“New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine - Arkansas is dedicated to improving access to health care for the underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta Region,” according to the news release.