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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:37am
Jennifer Hotzman, assistant professor of anatomy at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, needed a CAT scan of Native American bones from the time shortly after Columbus arrived. She put out a call for assistance and Singing River Hospital stepped in to help. 
 
“Tipu is a unique Mayan archeological site in Belize that dates to the 1500s. It contains about 600 burials,” said Hotzman. “Of course, everyone knows Columbus came to the new world in 1492. The major question I want to answer is how the native population was influenced by their contact and interaction with the Spanish.”
 
She has bones of about 249 juveniles and several were chosen for the examination. “Since rapidly growing bones are most affected by nutrition and living conditions, these will be used for the CAT scan,” Hotzman said. “The scans will be compared with other databases to see if the Mayan children reached their developmental milestones appropriately.”
 
Karen Ehlers, chief technician of the radiology department, said Singing River Hospital was pleased to help with the research project. “This is very interesting. It is not every day we get to work with 500-year old bones.” 
 
Click here to see the story about Dr. Hotzman’s work that aired on WLOX.
 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:35pm
The College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a viewing of the documentary “Among the Discarded” on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 124 of Asbury Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi.
 
Louisiana native and artist Trent Dion Soto spent 30 days homeless on the streets of LA’s Skid Row with only a toothbrush and GoPro camera. During that time, he immersed himself into the culture and interviewed people living on the streets. A Q&A session with Soto will follow the film. COM students will also present a brief homeless simulation. 
 
Carey and USM students and faculty are invited to attend. Free admission. Donations of toiletry items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant) will be collected and donated to The Fieldhouse for the Homeless. 
 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 4:47pm
William Carey University will host a research symposium on Friday, April 21 showcasing the work of students in the Master of Biomedical Sciences program and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The symposium will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
Manuela Staneva, an epidemiologist from the Mississippi State Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Staneva will speak about the “Causes and Scope of the Mississippi Opioid Epidemic.” His presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Conference Center; lunch will be provided.
 
Additional speakers during the event include Dr. Steven Gustafson, WCUCOM professor of pathology, at 2 p.m. and Dr. Bob Johnson, WCUCOM professor of pre-clinical sciences, at 2:30 p.m.
 
The students will present their posters from 1 to 2 p.m., and the exhibit hall will remain open until 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.
 
The symposium is free and open to the public. 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:18pm
Dr. Lee Valentine received the Master Preceptor Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians as the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine nominee. 
 
“Dr. Valentine’s commitment to medical education is outstanding,” said Dr. Jim Turner, WCUCOM dean. In addition to years of service as a preceptor, he also served as the founding chair of family medicine at WCUCOM and is the founding program director for the EC Health Net Family Medicine Residency in Meridian, Mississippi.
 
The Master Preceptor Awards of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians recognizes preceptors for their sustained commitment to excellence in the training, education, and mentoring of osteopathic medical students in family medicine. The purpose of this award is to recognize the dedicated practicing physicians who comprise the majority of the preceptors in the profession and is not exclusive to full-time teaching faculty of the Colleges of Osteopathic Family Medicine.
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 3:28pm

The College of Osteopathic Medicine's HiRO drone project was recently featured on national FOX News. Dr. Italo Subbarao also conducted a live interview on Dec. 15 on the Fox Morning Show in Phoeniz, Arizona. Click here to watch the Fox News segment.