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
  • Professionalism
  • 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.

We are now accepting applications at http.// For more information, please call 601-318-6235 or email


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) held the fifth annual White Coat Ceremony for the medical school class of 2018 on August 16 in Smith Auditorium.

The new class consists of 108 students selected from an applicant pool of 2,442. The class includes 66 men and 42 women ranging in ages from 18-45. The average age in the new class is 25. The class has a total of 112 bachelor’s degrees and 48 master’s degrees, with some students holding several degrees.