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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:55am
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine first-year student David Nguyen has been accepted into a summer research program at the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, a research facility operated by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
 
Nguyen, a native of Anaheim, Calif., will attend the eight-week 2015 Short-Term Summer Research Experiences in Cancer program from June 5 through July 31. During the program, Nguyen will work in the laboratories at the Scott Cancer Center and perform cutting-edge basic, translational and clinical research under the tutelage of Dr. John Estrada, director of education and community services for the Cancer Center.
 
Nguyen, who received an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of California at Riverside and a master's degree in biomedical sciences from Mississippi College, will be the second Carey student to attend the research program. Last summer, Carey second-year medical student Don Parish of Auburn, Ala., attended the program and went on to present his work twice on a national scale.
 
The research program, founded in 1988, has involved more than 344 participants with over 30 obtaining medical degrees and 11 becoming clinical oncologists.
 
For more information on the program, visit www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cancer_center. For more information on the College of Osteopathic Medicine, visit www.wmcarey.edu/com.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:15am
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted the 2015 Research Symposium on April 17 with Dr. Stefanie Jeffrey of Stanford University as the keynote speaker.
 
Dr. Jeffrey, Stanford's chief of surgical oncology research and the John and Marva Warnock professor, joined three Carey faculty members in presenting lectures throughout the symposium. Her lecture topic was "Liquid Biopsy in Cancer." Following Dr. Jeffrey's lecture, Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate dean of pre-clinical sciences at the Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine, presented "Using Twitter Effectively to Prevent Injury and Deaths from Disasters."
 
Dr. Tyler Hodges, assistant professor of biological sciences, presented "Bioactive Surfaces and Their Applications," followed by Dr. Maude McGill, instructor of nursing, presenting "Increasing Dietary Phosphorous Knowledge and Adherence Among Adult Hemodialysis Patients through Peer Mentoring."
 
The lectures were presented free of charge and open to the public. Prior to the lectures, Carey students and faculty members from the medical college, the School of Nursing and the Master of Biomedical Science program competed in a research poster contest. The contest featured four categories, including graduate, medical, nursing and undergraduate. 
 
First place winners in the graduate category were Danielle Hagler and Justina Boles, students in the biomedical science program, for their poster, "Antimicrobial Peptides for Pathogen Reduction." Winners in the medical category were David Buford, Nabil Baddour, Allina Espinosa, Iben McCormick-Ricket and Dr. Subbarao for "An Evidence-Based Review of Resilience in Communities in the Face of Oil Spill Disasters."
 
Winning the nursing category was Denise Hancock, assistant professor of nursing, for "Leaving Academia: Work Experiences and Career Decisions of Former Nurse Faculty." Winning the undergraduate category was Pearl Ugwu-Dike, a senior biology major, for "Cross-Regulation Between the Notch Signaling Pathway and the Activin Signaling Pathway in the Ovary."
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:28pm
A William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty member recently contributed to the development of the national licensing examination for osteopathic medicine.
 
Dr. Steven Piper, medical director of clinical simulation and assistant professor of clinical sciences for Carey's medical college, contributed to the case and exam development of the performance evaluation part of Level 2 of the COMLEX-USA, or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States.
 
The COMLEX-USA is a series of three medical licensing examinations administered by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, or NBOME, and is accepted as the most common pathway by which osteopathic physicians apply for medical licensure in all 50 states.
 
As part of his contribution, Dr. Piper attended a two-day case development panel meeting recently in Philadelphia at NBOME's National Center for Clinical Skills Testing.
 
"Assembling qualified and highly representative panels is essential for NBOME in assuring defensible standards and meeting our mission of providing for the public welfare," said Dr. Jeanne Sandella, NBOME vice president for clinical skills testing. "I am happy to take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of Dr. Piper."
 
Dr. Piper joined the Carey medical college faculty in June 2012. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, he is board-certified in both emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 8:45am
The Mississippi Legislature recently named April 19-25 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week in Mississippi and the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine has planned events to observe the special week.
 
Activities will begin on Friday, April 17 with the medical college's Research Symposium in conjunction with the University Lecture Series. The keynote speaker is Dr. Stefanie Jeffrey, chief of surgical oncology research and the John and Marva Warnock professor at Stanford University, presenting "Liquid Biopsy in Cancer" from noon until 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 of the medical complex's Academic Building. Lunch will be provided.
 
Following the keynote, Carey faculty members will present lectures throughout the afternoon. Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate dean for pre-clinical sciences at the medical college, will present "Using Twitter Effectively to Prevent Injury and Deaths from Disasters" from 2 until 2:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Tyler Hodges, assistant professor of biological sciences, presenting from 2:30 until 3 p.m. "Bioactive Surfaces and Their Applications."
 
The final speaker will be Dr. Maude McGill, instructor of nursing, presenting from 3 until 3:30 p.m. "Increasing Dietary Phosphorous Knowledge and Adherence Among Adult Hemodialysis Patients through Peer Mentoring." The faculty lectures will be held in the Kresge Room of Thomas Business Building.
 
On Monday, April 20 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m., there will be a community reception in the Academic Building and an open house of the medical college facilities on the Hattiesburg campus. There will also be a brief introduction into the field of osteopathic medicine and an update on the medical college's status and future plans as well as tours of the medical complex. Light refreshments will be served.
 
On Wednesday, April 22, the medical college will host a National ShaDO event. On this date, area students interested in exploring osteopathic medicine can shadow one of Carey's osteopathic medical students. Interested students must register by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17. For more information, contact Rachel Blancett, president of Carey's Student Osteopathic Medical Association, at rblancett173567@student.wmcarey.edu.
 
On Thursday, April 23, the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi will present "Think Again," a discussion about recent medical malpractice cases and legal theories regarding medical professional liability, from noon until 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2 of the Academic Building. The company's presenters will be Robert Jones, president and chief executive officer, and Dr. Todd Savell, claims manager.
 
On Monday, April 27, Dr. Robert Good, an osteopathic physician who is board certified in internal medicine and is a former president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, will present "Climbing the Mountain of Medical Education" from noon until 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2 of the Academic Building. Dr. Good's lecture will be a discussion of internal medicine and other subspecialties. Lunch will be provided and a textbook raffle will be held for those in attendance.
 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required only for the National ShaDO event. For more information, contact the College of Osteopathic Medicine at (601) 318-6610.