Mena Regional Health System welcomes third year medical students Sooji Beck and Joseph “JJ” Williams, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jonesboro, AR campus of Arkansas State University. The two will soon begin clinical rotations at Mena Regional Health System.
Sooji Beck (pictured left) was born in Seoul, South Korea. At 12 years of age, she and her family moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received a Bachelor of Nursing degree from NWACC in Bentonville, Arkansas and accepted into medical school at NYIT in 2018. When asked about her inspiration to enter the field of medicine, she mentioned a high school science teacher who had encouraged her to believe in herself and always pursue her dreams. She is currently interested in geriatric medicine since that is where the majority of her nursing experience lies, but she is very excited about the opportunity for hands-on exposure involving a wide range of healthcare career options. Sooji and her husband will reside in Mena during her year of clerkship. The couple is looking forward to spending time in the rural area and hope to make their future home in the beautiful state of Arkansas.
Joseph “J.J.” Willimas was born in Kansas City, Missouri but raised in Northwest Arkansas for most of his life. After high school, J.J. joined the military and served in the Air Force Para Rescue Unit for nine years. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida where he served six months as a paramedic with a Level II Trauma Center. During that period, he made the decision to pursue a career as a doctor. His initial inspiration came from his father, a Family Practice and Emergency Department Physician. “I remember a specific time at 12 years of age when my father was called into the hospital Emergency Department. Due to certain circumstances that particular evening, I had to travel along on the call. The patient had been involved in a traumatic accident involving a drunk driver. I vividly remember watching my dad as he heroically cared for and sutured the patient’s wounds. That moment defined my desire to enter the field of medicine and care for patients,” shared J.J. Williams.
Currently, J.J. is interested in Family Practice or Trauma Medicine, but looks forward to exploring all areas of health care. He and his family will reside in Mena during his year of clerkship.