When Dr. Jim Carmical was training to be a doctor, he knew he wanted to go into family medicine.
“Across the board the country is hurting for good general practice physicians,” he said. “There was a need here. That is why we are expanding out of Monticello. There is enough need that we are trying to get a couple of days a week in Crossett, to bring ourselves to our patients instead of them coming to us.”
The thing he didn’t anticipate was the kind of year he’d have when he started. Two months after he began working in Southeast Arkansas, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the area.
“I started at the Monticello clinic in January of 2020,” he said. “What a year to try to establish a practice.”
Carmical is one of the three doctors at the Monticello Medical Clinic’s Crossett location. While he’s sharing the practice with two other physicians who will rotate in every other week, Carmical will have Crossett hours every week.
“We have a mindset in the clinic that we are going to take care of people, we are going to get them seen, we are going to do everything we can to get you squared away,” he said.
The Collins native is a 2006 graduate of Monticello High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After medical school, he completed a residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth. That’s where he met his wife, Katelyn, who was also from a small town. Working in Monticello and Crossett seemed like a good fit for a doctor trained to see people in a clinic but who can also do in-patient procedures.
“Where we trained has been one of the top family medicine programs for 30 years,” Carmical said. “They really train you to be a full scope doctor. You see them in the clinic, see them in the hospital, take care of the kids and take care of the grandparents.”
Carmical said the goal of his practice is pretty simple. He’s going to treat patients like he treats his family, he said, and he’s going to be candid but he will also answer a call in the middle of the night.
“We want to help people as much as we can,” Carmical said.
“I am going to come in as part of a team and I am going to do everything in my power, I am going to be pulling for you. Sometimes getting healthy is hard. I want to be there with them through those times. I want to be honest with them. I want them to tell me what they want out of their health and I want to help them get to that point.”
And then there’s the payoff.
“When somebody comes in and they are sick and they want to get better, and you can help them, that is a great feeling,” he said.
Monticello Medical Clinic’s Crossett location is at 201 Fairview Road, Suite A.
The clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.