Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education (GME) consists of the residency and fellowship programs that prepare medical graduates to become competent, compassionate, board-certified physicians in the specialty or subspecialty of their choice. ARCOM sponsors GME programs and considers its sponsorship integral to the college’s mission of educating and training physicians who are committed to lifelong learning and focused on service to the underserved. Our GME programs provide four essentials:

  • Expert board-certified faculty
  • Extensive and varied clinical experiences
  • Academic support and resources
  • Opportunities for research

ARCOM and its ACGME accredited programs met or exceed all ACGME standards.

GME Mission

To provide high quality training programs that are evidenced-based, inclusive, and patient centered so our residents develop into highly competent and compassionate leaders prepared to meet the needs of our communities.


Sherry Turner, DO, MPH
Associate Dean of GME & DIO
Professor, Emergency Medicine
(479) 308-2386

Ginger Sutliff
GME Institutional Coordinator
(479) 308-2330


Family Medicine

Mercy Fort Smith – Family Medicine
Christopher Fortson, DO, Program Director
7301 Rogers Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72903

Sarah Pendergraft, Program Coordinator

Internal Medicine

Mercy Fort Smith – Internal Medicine
Delilah Easom, MD, Program Director
7301 Rogers Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Sarah Craig, Program Coordinator

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center – Internal Medicine
Matt Riffle, MD, Program Director
3100 Oak Grove Rd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Caitlyn Wilfong, Program Coordinator


The Graduate Medical Education Committee is the governing body that maintains authority over and responsibility for the Sponsoring Institution and its ACGME accredited programs.