William Carey University students, employees and their families are benefiting from the services of an on-campus osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) clinic operated by faculty members from the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The clinic, located in Mary Ross Hall on the Hattiesburg campus, utilizes OMT procedures to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. OMT involves hands-on care from osteopathic physicians, including the movement of muscles and joints using techniques including stretching and gentle pressure. The treatment, used to treat ailments such as back pain or migraines, can ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility.
Dr. James Turner, dean of Carey’s medical college, said the goal in opening this clinic is to introduce osteopathic medicine and its techniques to the Carey community as part of the college’s outreach efforts. The college’s mission is to educate osteopathic physicians who will be committed to serving the health care needs of all individuals with special attention directed to the medically underserved populations of the state and region.
In addition to the clinic, the medical college also reaches out beyond its curriculum and physical walls by setting up health fairs for local events; leading activities in elementary schools for National Physiology Understanding Week; volunteering at health care clinics in the impoverished areas of the Mississippi Delta; leading exercise classes and activities at local retirement homes; raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association; assisting with cleanup efforts at Gordon’s Creek in Hattiesburg; and helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
The new clinic, which opened January 26, is operated under the supervision of Dr. Richard Sloan, assistant professor of clinical sciences. Initially, the clinic will be open from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. each Monday. Future plans include expansion of operation times and patients treated.
For more information on the Carey COM, visit www.wmcarey.edu/com.