Hattiesburg, MS, May 23, 2014 - William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) will graduate the inaugural medical school class on May 24 at 10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium. Ninety-four students will receive their doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees during this historic event. Upon graduation, WCUCOM will officially obtain accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
College of Osteopathic Medicine
The WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine educates medical students at training sites that span a five-state region of the Gulf Coast and will graduate its first class of medical students as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in 2014.
With a primary aim to train physicians for careers in primary care medicine, the D.O. curriculum is based upon core competencies in medical education as identified by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM):
- Osteopathic Principles and Practices
- Medical Knowledge
- Patient Care
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- System-Based Practice
These seven core competencies are congruent with the WCUCOM educational program learning outcomes, which state that the WCUCOM graduate will be able to:
- Apply accepted standards of contemporary clinical medicine to ensure evidenced-based practice.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively treat patients by providing medical care that incorporates the osteopathic philosophy, patient empathy, awareness of behavioral issues, the incorporation of preventive medicine, and health promotion.
- Exemplify interpersonal and communication skills that enable him/her to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families, and other members of health care teams.
- Uphold the Osteopathic Oath in the conduct of his/her professional activities that promote advocacy of patient welfare, adherence to ethical principles, collaboration with health professionals, lifelong learning, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
- Critically evaluate their methods of clinical practice, integrate evidence-based medicine into patient care, show an understanding of research methods, and improve patient care practices.
- Demonstrate an understanding of health care delivery systems, provides effective and quality patient care within the system, and practices cost-effective medicine.
The school pursues a mission to advance knowledge and provide leadership in addressing the shortage of primary care physicians in the Gulf South Region, particularly within rural and underserved communities. It is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience possible for its students. Please review course descriptions and schedules for more information.