Graduate Medical Education
Serving Our Community with Compassion
“I’ve had so many rewarding experiences through Allegiance Health’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program,” said Tiffany Sayles, DO. “Just last night, there was an elderly patient who was very sick and hadn’t seen a primary care doctor in ages. I let him know I’d be happy to have him as my patient, and he told me that for the first time in many years he felt that someone cared about him.”
Dr. Sayles earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. At the same time, she earned an MBA from Rockhurst University. Dr. Sayles says her personal mission is to enhance the quality of life of others—especially in underserved communities— through service as a mentor, educator and family physician. She is currently a second-year resident in the Allegiance Osteopathic Family Medicine program.
“When researching GME programs, I was drawn to Allegiance Health because its community-centered mission and values reflect my own,” Dr. Sayles said. “Allegiance stood out for me because of its many awards for community service, including its work through the Health Improvement Organization to prevent infant mortality. I also found the program’s faculty and staff to be knowledgeable and passionate about their perspective fields.”
To participate in the GME program, Dr. Sayles moved to Jackson from Charlotte, North Carolina, along with her husband, Delvin, and their two-year-old son, D.J. The family chose a home near the hospital and has found the community to be “very embracing and welcoming,” Dr. Sayles said.
“We joined the Lilly Missionary Baptist Church and have a good group of support among its members. The openness of the community makes it feel like a small town in the south, which makes us feel at home.” When her residency is completed, Dr. Sayles hopes to stay and practice medicine in Jackson.
“If I am able to find a family practice in this community, my family and I would like to stay here.”Tiffany Sayles, DO
Beginning her clinical rotations at the Center for Family Health has allowed Dr. Sayles “to work with a diverse patient population and a variety of disease processes,” she said. “The Center is ideal because it provides so many services under one roof, including medical care, psychiatric counseling, social services, wellness coaching, nutrition counseling, laboratory diagnostics and a pharmacy—all of which maximize the benefit to patients.”
Many of the patients Dr. Sayles treats at the Center for Family Health have advanced chronic illnesses, and some are experiencing post-traumatic stress and depression. “But we have an entire team on site to help them,” she said. “Staff care about these patients and go out of their way to provide personal assistance. Everyone is treated with respect, regardless their ability to pay.”
Learn more about the Allegiance Health Graduate Medical Education program.