WCU Medical Students Volunteer at Wesley Manor

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 1, 2013 - The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is participating in a new volunteer project: leading residents of the Wesley Manor Retirement Community of Hattiesburg in an exercise program. Twice a month, WCUCOM SOMA members lead residents through a 30-minute routine.

In October, Greta Gania, the community relations and volunteer projects committee chairman for SOMA, worked with Dr. Jessica Taylor, human physiology professor at WCUCOM, to develop a regimen that targets cardiovascular conditioning, vestibular balance training and muscle strengthening. The Wesley Manor exercise program is a 30-minute circuit, and is led by SOMA members who are supervised by a Mississippi licensed physician from the WCUCOM faulty. Since the program inception, five WCUCOM faculty members have joined more than 20 rotating SOMA members to lead an average of 12 Wesley Manor residents through the upbeat routine.
“We are so pleased to have WCUCOM students host an exercise class for our residents,” said Linda Eaton, social director for the Wesley Manor Retirement Community. 

Several of the residents who attend regularly said that, now that they know the routine, there is no reason for them not to do it every day, but that they enjoy the camaraderie of their neighbors, friends and students and the class makes exercising much more fun.
The SOMA students participating in the Wesley Manor Exercise Program are Chris Alfred of Slidell, La.; Jamie Bishop of Prattville, Ala.; Brittany Brown of Poplarville; Kristin Campbell of Pensacola, Fla.; Alexis Cates of Mandeville, La.; Eric Dean of Neptune Beach, Fla.; Kyle Derouen of New Orleans, La.; Jason Eversole of Fort Worth, Texas; Hunter Harrison of West Monroe, La.; Evan Harsh of Fayetteville, Ark.; Greta Gania of Lake Worth, Fla.; Rob Greer of Jackson; Dan Lynch of Seminary; Erin Johnston of Norman, Okla.; Kelsey Kifer of Shreveport, La.; Nandini Mehta of New York, NY;  Caitlin Prickett of Duluth, Ga.; Naila Rashid, New Orleans, La.; Chelsea Rick of Fulton; Kristen Roberson of Farmerville, La.; Bryant Self of Oxford, and Lauren Schmidt of August, Ga.

The WCUCOM faculty physicians include Dr. Robert Bailey, assistant professor of family practice and neuroscience; Dr. James McCann, associate professor of family medicine; Dr. Pearl Myers, associate professor of anatomy, pathology, and medicine, and Dr. Keith Speed, associate professor of family medicine.

The mission of the WCUCOM SOMA chapter is to provide students a voice in shaping the future of their chosen profession; to improve the quality of health care delivery to the American people with special focus on the Gulf South region; to contribute to the welfare and education of osteopathic medical students; to familiarize its members with the purpose and ideals of osteopathic medicine; to establish lines of communication with other health science students and organizations; and to prepare its members to meet social, moral, and ethical obligations of the osteopathic profession.
 month as part of SOMA’s outreach.

Chelsea Rick of Fulton, a member of William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), leads residents at Wesley Manor Retirement Community through the 30-minute exercise routine that was developed by SOMA students with the help of WCUCOM faculty members. SOMA members and WCUCOM faculty lead exercise classes at Wesley Manor twice a