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By George Jared

A death call led Shelby Armstrong to her calling in life. Her father, Dr. Larry Armstrong, wanted her to sit-in while he consulted with a family that was about to lose a loved one. The relative had little or no brain activity. Dr. Armstrong delivered the devastating news.

The Fayetteville native thought she might want to follow in her father’s footsteps. After that moment, there was no doubt. The Baylor graduate is one of 120 students who will begin classes Monday with the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, www.nyit.edu, on the Arkansas State University campus.

“That’s when medicine became very real for me,” the 22-year-old Armstrong told Talk Business & Politics. “I knew then what I wanted to do with my life.”

The inaugural class gathered Friday for a traditional white coat ceremony at the Fowler Center on the ASU campus. More than 1,000 people attended. The partnership between the two institutions began to form almost three years to the day that students will enter their first classes, Osteopathic School Dean Barbara Ross-Lee said.

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