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Benton doctor gives medical student crucial experience

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Benton's Dr. Vicki Cobb and LSU New Orleans Medicine student Roumta Odisho.

Dr. Vicki Cobb of Benton is sharing valuable experience and expertise with a LSU New Orleans School of Medicine student this summer.

Roumta Odisho is using her summer break to participate in the Primary Care Rural Preceptorship Program and job shadowing Dr. Cobb to gain hands-on experience regarding medical care in a rural setting.

“This has been a great, positive impact on my view of primary care and has greatly increased my interest in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine as primary care fields,”  said Roumta.

A graduate of Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Roumta received her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from the Centenary College and obtained a Masters in Biology from Mississippi College.  She is the daughter of Dr. Ashor and Dr. Amira Odisho.

The Preceptorship Program is designed to expose medical students to the professional, business and social aspects of a family medicine, pediatric or internal medicine practice in a rural and/or medically underserved setting.  This program provides medical students the opportunity to practice skills and techniques learned in the medical school classroom.

Another goal of the program is to encourage Louisiana medical students to return to rural communities after completing medical school to begin their medical practice.  Currently Louisiana has a shortage of family physicians, pediatricians and internal medicine physicians.  Approximately 25 percent of the state’s population lives in a designated rural area, however, less than 14 percent of the state’s physicians practice in rural and underserved areas.

This opportunity for students to spend four weeks with a doctor in a rural or underserved urban area of central and south central Louisiana is made possible through the collaboration between Central Louisiana AHEC, LSUHSC-Shreveport and New Orleans, and Tulane Medical School, local communities and physicians.  These assignments have had an impact on the number of students choosing practices in family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine in Louisiana.