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Ross Excellence in Anatomy Award Presented to Gulfport WCUCOM Student

Hattiesburg, MS, May 7, 2014 - Robert Rafael Sudduth of Gulfport, a second-year medical student at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), recently received The Randolph J. and Brenda H. Ross for Excellence in Anatomy Award. Dr. Jim Turner, dean of WCUCOM, presented it to him during Honors Day Convocation on April 30. The award, established by Dr. Ross and his wife, is given to the WCUCOM student who has the highest Grade Point Average in anatomy.

Dr. Ross is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Hattiesburg Clinic. The recipient of the award must be from Mississippi and plan to practice in Mississippi upon graduation. The award consists of an engraved medallion and a cash stipend which is credited to the student’s tuition for his or her second year of medical school.

Dr. Ross has been a strong advocate for the WCUCOM since its inception. In 2007, the WCU Board of Trustees and Dr. Tommy King committed to open the COM to address the severe shortage of physicians in Mississippi and surrounding areas. It was recognized at that time that a medical school would positively impact the healthcare of rural Mississippians. In 2008, WCUCOM was officially established, in 2010, WCU welcomed the inaugural class, and on May 24, the first class will graduate. WCUCOM is the state’s second medical school and one of 29 institutions that offers a degree in osteopathic medicine in the U.S.

OSS EXCELLENCE IN ANATOMY AWARD PRESENTED TO GULFPORT WCUCOM STUDENT

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Pictured are (left to right) Robert Rafael Sudduth of Gulfport, a second-year medical student at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), Dr. Randolph Ross, urologist and chairman of surgery at Hattiesburg Clinic, and his wife Brenda Ross, prior to WCU’s Honors Convocation 2014. Sudduth was awarded The Randolph J. and Brenda H. Ross for Excellence in Anatomy Award.