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WCUCOM Dean Appointed to AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

Hattiesburg, MS, May 12, 2014 - Dr. James “Jim” Turner, dean of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), was appointed to Team Chair for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). The appointment to this position followed the announcement of the WCUCOM’s official accreditation from COCA, which will be complete after the inaugural WCUCOM graduation ceremony on May 24 at 10 a.m. in Smith Auditorium.

Dr. Turner was also recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve as a member of the Healthcare Solutions Institute’s Board of Directors. The Mississippi Healthcare Solutions Institute, which was formed in 2013, serves as a public-private partnership to champion healthcare growth and development.

Dr. Turner has worked as an Osteopathic family physician and emergency physician in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and West Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine and is an inspector for the American Osteopathic Association for medical colleges and emergency medicine residencies. He relocated to Hattiesburg and joined the WCUCOM family in 2011 from Charleston, W.Va., where he worked in post graduate education and developed an emergency medicine residency program. Dr. Turner is married to Dr. Sherry Turner, D.O., and has a daughter, Ashley.