After 15 years of working in different parts of Missouri, Darren Allcock has returned to where he began preparing for his career to start his endocrinology practice with SoutheastHealth in Cape Girardeau.
“I feel very blessed to be back in the area near my family and so many wonderful people,” he says.
Darren received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. After graduating from Southeast, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for two years, Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City for one year and the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a pharmacy student for three years. Then he attended Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2006.
Darren’s path to medicine included 14 years of college, three years of internal medicine residency and two years of endocrinology fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia, passing numerous medicine board exams to become licensed, passing the internal medicine board exam and passing the endocrinology board exam.
He attended Southeast because he grew up in Cape Girardeau and had spent a lot of time around the University. Also, his mother received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeast. He says Southeast prepared him well for his career.
“Southeast provided me with the broad base of education on which everything else has been built,” Darren says.
Darren began his endocrinology practice in Cape Girardeau in August 2011. He says the need for endocrinologists is increasing rapidly, and he is happy to have returned to his home town to help out with this need.
“The practice is starting off very nicely,” Darren says. “We have a great staff here. It is also nice to be able to work with my wife, who was hired at the same time as director of pharmacy for SoutheastHealth.”
Darren and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, Luke and Matthew.
Darren’s future plans include continuing to take care of his family and his patients.
“I get to help people all day, every day, doing something I find fascinating,” he says.
Although Darren greatly enjoys his career as an endocrinologist, he also likes hiking and being outdoors.
While preparing for his medical future at Southeast, Darren played in the symphonic wind ensemble, creating some of his favorite memories. Darren’s advice to Southeast students is to keep their education broad-based and don’t focus their efforts on a single area.
“It’s too easy to treat a university as a ‘white-collar trade school,’ for lack of a better term,” he says. “Things in the world change very rapidly. What you can reason through is much more important than what you know.”