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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

NYIT COM at A-State graduates a new class of physicians

Updated: May 29, 2021

JONESBORO, Ark- Thursday was graduation day for the student doctors at the New York institute College of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

This event has been multiple years in the making after establishing on the A-State campus in 2016.

Graduation preparations for the NYIT class of 2020 were already in place before the in-person event was moved virtually due to the pandemic.

Now a year later, the med school gets to honor their new class of graduating student doctors in an inaugural traditional hooding ceremony.

“We thought that we might not be able to. Especially our match week we had to do virtually. The school told us from day one of the pandemic that ‘we’re going to do everything we can for you to make sure you get this in-person,’” says graduate Dr. Colton Eubanks.

The inaugural in-person commencement took place at First National Bank Arena on Thursday afternoon.

Speakers include Gov. Asa Hutchinson among, others.

The graduation honored the 117 medical students who received their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, founding dean of NYIT at Arkansas State, says she is proud of this cohort for their commitment to their studies and field during these unpredictable times.

“Students are pushed to their full capabilities, at a time when everything changes, and they were still resilient enough to stay in front of this, achieve all of the skills. This has been an unbelievable time for these students, and they did it,” says Dr. Ross-Lee.

Dr. Ross- Lee also praises the graduates for stepping up to help the Jonesboro community over the past year and a half.

The 117 graduates of the class of 2021 will move into specialized residency programs across the country, with a portion staying in the region to complete their training.

Doctor Eubanks says what he learned during the pandemic; he will take to use in his practice.

“I think the biggest thing is it kinda shows you that you do whatever gets thrown at you. You don’t think your first day of medical school, ‘oh, I’m going to be doing clinicals during a pandemic.’ Whenever it happens, you’re worried but, it shows you ‘hey, I can do this,’” says Dr. Eubanks.

The 117 doctors will start those multi-year residency programs this summer.


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