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Faculty and Staff-Osteopathic Medicine

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:49am

Hattiesburg, Miss.,  April 14, 2014 - Faculty and students from the year William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) conducted a Human Body Fair for with kindergarten students on April 8 at Oak Grove Primary School. The fair consisted of hands-on teaching experiences with the children to teach them about how their senses work and how to keep themselves healthy.

There were three centers set up for the project. One was “The Connection between Taste and Smell” center, which helped children answer the question, “Why does my food taste funny when I have a cold?”  child tasted a jelly bean with their noses held and then guessed the flavor. Then they tasted the same flavor again without holding their nose and discussed if it taste different.  

The second center was the “Glitter Germs” center. The group leaders placed a clear gel hand sanitizer and a small amount of loose glitter on their palms and then shook hands with two children in the group.  The children were told to shake hands with others in the group until the “germs” had been spread to everyone, showing how easily germs are spread. Afterwards, the leaders took the children to the sinks and demonstrated to them how to properly wash their hands.

The third center was the “How Hearing Works” center. The children closed their eyes while the leader made different noises with tambourines, bells, rustling bags, and other noisemakers, telling them to guess what each sound was. The leader then explained how sound travels through the ear and eventually to the brain for interpretation. The children also learned about how sounds are associated with memory.

Faculty and students from the year WCUCOM will hold another Human Body Fair, with first-graders at Oak Grove Primary as the participants, on April 16.

For more information on this program, contact Dr. Jessica Taylor, assistant professor of physiology for the WCUCOM, at (601) 318 – 6019 or  

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 2:41pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 28, 2014 - The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Nursing held “An Exploration of Interprofessional Education and Opportunities for Faculty Collaboration” in the Fail-Asbury Nursing Building on WCU’s Hattiesburg campus on March 21. Interprofessional education in the health sciences involves members of two or more professions learning with, from and about one another to improve collaboration and the delivery of high-quality care to patients.

The goal of the faculty exchange was to provide a forum for exploration of current trends in interprofessional education and to provide time for discussion among nursing and medical school faculty to consider the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching. Faculty exchanged information about educational offerings in the two WCU health science programs.  A preliminary list of instructional resources was also identified and shared among the attendees.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:49pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 26, 2014 - Dr. Everett Roark, director of the Master of Biomedical Science Program and assistant professor of genetics and microbiology at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), served as a speaker at the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association (MOMA) Winter Meeting held February 22-23 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. Dr. Roark presented a lecture titled, “Overview of Medical Genetics in Primary Care,” which will count toward Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians in attendance. His lecture covered a variety of topics, including laws that govern genetics, direct-to-consumer genetic products, and the latest advances in medical genetics.

The MOMA’s mission is to promote the profession’s quest to provide the highest quality of medical care. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Issues in Primary Care,” and featured topics were women’s health, pediatrics, infectious diseases, pain management, geriatrics, chronic diseases, genetic issues, and GI issues, among other topics.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 8:52am

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 26, 2014 - William Carey University’s Office of Admissions held a symposium for high school students interested in health care careers on February 19. Representatives from Jones County Junior College Nursing and Allied Health Programs, Pearl River Community College Nursing and Allied Health Programs, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Medical Programs, The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing and College of Health, WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), WCU School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and WCU School of Nursing were present and led breakout sessions to present information about the programs they offer.

Participating high schools were Lamar County Vo-Tech, Marion County Vo-Tech, Petal High School, Perry County Vo-Tech, and Sacred Heart High School. There were also home school students in attendance, as well.  

During the general session in Smith Auditorium, Jessica Clark, undergraduate admissions counselor/recruiter for WCU, Dr. Daniel Edney, a physician with River Region Health System in Vicksburg and former WCU Board of Trustee member, and Dr. Jim Weir, associate dean of student affairs for WCUCOM, addressed the students. Two breakout sessions followed, allowing students to ask questions and learn more about individual programs. Following the breakout sessions, everyone gathered for an assembly allowing each representative to present an  overview of their programs. Ryan Kelly, chief advancement officer at WCU and executive director of the Mississippi Rural Health Association, and Dr. Wahnee Sherman, executive director of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, also presented at the assembly.

A luncheon in the Student Conference Center followed the presentations. After introduction from Kristina Wheat, admissions counselor at WCU, and a prayer from Dr. Scott Hummel, provost, three keynote speakers addressed the students. The speakers were Dr. Peggy Davis, assistant dean of admissions at UMMC, Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate professor of medicine and associate dean of planning, assessment, and competency development at the WCUCOM, and Dr. Michael Madaris, assistant professor of business at WCU and a cancer survivor.

The event was sponsored by Coca-Cola, Mississippi Rural Health Association, and Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:07am

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 13, 2014 - Dr. James “Jim” M. Turner, D.O., FACOFP, FACOEP, dean of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), was recently invited 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.

“Members of this board are expected to be active in their government roles, and I believe that your experience and involvement in the healthcare community will be assets to the organization and its mission,” said Gov. Bryant.

Dr. Turner, along with other members of the Board of Directors, will be honored at a luncheon at the Governor’s Manion in Jackson on January 15, 2014.

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.