Friday, March 1, 2024

Byline: LUCOM Marketing

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) hosted its annual Family Medicine Procedure Day on Friday inside the Center for Medical and Health Sciences in Lynchburg, Va. It was the fifth straight time the event took place since LUCOM was founded.

Raena M. Pettitt, DO, CHSE, addresses the students to start Family Medicine Day

The event was created to showcase the many procedures that Family Medicine physicians do. This year’s event is the largest in the five years it has been held, offering nine physicians. Each physician runs a different station such as joint injections, wound care, lumbar puncture and many others.

Raena M. Pettitt, DO, CHSE, Chair and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Clerkship Director created this event five years ago and has been excited to see the growth year after year. “I started this event so that students can have a better understanding of the wonderful field of Family Medicine,” Pettitt stated. “Not only do we see adults, but also children of all ages, and do Obstetrics. Family Medicine physicians are skilled in many procedures, and this event is meant to showcase a few of them.”

The LUCOM students enjoyed their time and learned many different procedures from talented family medicine physicians.

“It’s my second year attending Family Medicine Day,” OMS-II student Danielle St. Hilaire said. “I did it last year as a first year and during your first year, you don’t get a ton of hands-on clinical experience, but as a second year you’re a little more into it and you know what’s going on.”

OMS-II student Danielle St. Hilaire works on joint injections

She’s also a member of the American College of Family Physicians (ACOFP) Club, which helps put on the annual event. She mentioned that the event really helps people realize how much family medicine physicians do, which is a major point the club wants showcase.

“As a participant I’m really enjoying it,” Danielle mentioned. “I think it’s great that we get to interact with faculty members that we don’t get to interact with often and that really helps.”

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