School Department News


Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:22am
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.
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:19am
Students, faculty and staff members from the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine recently attended the Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.
Several Carey medical college students presented at the conference and Student Doctor Alexis Cates, a fourth-year student from Mandeville, La., was presented the Nichols LEAD Scholar Award. The award, given by the American Osteopathic Association, is presented to an osteopathic medical student whose leadership, excellence, achievement and dedication are proven in the classroom and community. The award includes a $1,000 cash gift.
The conference, the premier educational event for the osteopathic medical profession, brings together more than 5,000 physicians and osteopathic medical students from around the United States and also offers valuable continuing medical education credits.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:57am
Alexis Cates, a fourth-year student in the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine from Mandeville, La., was recently awarded the Nichols LEAD Scholar Award by the American Osteopathic Foundation.
The Nichols LEAD Scholar Award, given to an osteopathic medical student whose leadership, excellence, achievement and dedication are proven in the classroom and community, includes a $1,000 cash gift and honors Dr. Karen J. Nichols, the first female president of the American Osteopathic Association.
Cates was given the award for demonstrating a “passion for serving and leading others,” according to Foundation officials. Cates has served as chairperson of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association Foundation (SOMA) and as a member of its national board of trustees, Carey chapter president and co-chair of its political affairs committee.
In awarding Cates, Foundation officials noted her work with SOMA, including getting the Carey chapter involved with D.O. Day at Capitol Hill, a day for doctors of osteopathic medicine to visit legislators and discuss their concerns. Under her leadership, the chapter was also awarded the Golden Tibia Award recognizing it as chapter of the year.
Additionally, Cates was instrumental in leading the chapter’s development of a program designed to increase the cardiovascular health, flexibility and balance of female senior citizens residing in Hattiesburg’s Wesley Manor. Cates has also been actively involved in research, having served as first author on a paper titled “Impact of Dual Polarization Radar Technology and Twitter on the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Tornado,” published in 2013 by the Disaster Medicine and Public Preparedness Journal.
As a fourth-year student, Cates is completing her coursework for the medical program and is involved in clinical rotations. She is currently working in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.