MESSAGE

School Department News

WCUCOM News and Events

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 8:00am
Dr. Ed Friedlander, a professor of biomedical sciences at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, recently received top accolades from an interactive health service for his efforts to assist people with health questions.
 
Friedlander, who joined the Carey faculty in June 2015 after serving as pathology department chair at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Missouri, received three awards in the HealthTap.com Spring 2015 Top Doctor competition. His awards include top doctor on the national level, top doctor in the state of Missouri and most influential doctor in the state of Missouri.
 
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge, chief medical officer for the service, said the awards recognize Friedlander's assisting of over 93,000 people on HealthTap in 2014. Rutledge said the recognition is a great tribute to Friedlander's expertise and helpfulness.
 
In addition to his work with HealthTap, Friedlander also maintains an active online presence through his website, www.pathguy.com, which has over three million visitors each year.
 
Friedlander is a graduate of Brown University and received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1977, where he also completed his residency in pathology. In addition to various teaching positions and committee memberships, Friedlander has also written numerous articles and has given multiple lectures and other presentations.
 
Founded in 2010, HealthTap consists of over 69,000 doctors from around the world answering health questions for free. The service's mission is to prolong life expectancy and provide immediate access to top medical experts and trusted medical advice.
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 3:43pm
Fifty-six junior ROTC cadets from six schools in the Jackson Public School District attended the Institute of Health Careers camp at the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University from June 1-5.
 
The camp, now in its second year, is designed to help open doors for students interested in careers in health care, said Dr. Jessica Taylor, camp director and an assistant professor of physiology at Carey.
 
"Our goal was for the cadets to come away with a better understanding of possibilities in health care professions," said Taylor.
 
During the camp, cadets learned about multiple health care professions, including osteopathic medicine, exercise physiology, emergency medicine, nursing, pathology, social work, U.S. Army medical opportunities, Canadian Armed Forces medical opportunities, family medicine, pediatrics, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Cadets also learned about values and leadership skills during an address by Maria Salter of leadership development firm Aiming Ever Higher.
 
Cadets participated in communications, empathy, leadership and team-building exercises and received hands-on experience through the Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. Cadets worked in the medical college simulation lab and had practical exercises in osteopathic manipulative treatment. Carey medical students served as counselors for the camp and worked with the cadets in mentoring roles.
 
As part of the camp, cadets were also required to research a medically-related ethics case study and present the case study to their classmates.
 
"Through the camp, the cadets were able to learn new aspects of health care careers, broaden their vocabulary, make new friends and determine their career path more clearly," said Taylor. "It was a very successful camp."
 
The camp is the first of its kind in Mississippi. It is designed to complement the Mississippi Economic Council's Blueprint Mississippi goal of increasing educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Camp sponsors include the Army, Atmos Energy and the LeMont Scott Group.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 1:25pm
The second class of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the second medical school in the state of Mississippi and the first school of osteopathic medicine, graduated during commencement exercises in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus on May 23.
 
Ninety-one new doctors of osteopathic medicine, more commonly known as DOs, received their degrees during commencement. The keynote speaker was Dr. William G. Anderson, a past president of the American Osteopathic Association. During his address, Dr. Anderson called the new doctors "the future of osteopathic medicine" and encouraged them to always be mindful of making not only right decisions but also ethical decisions.
 
Carey's newest class of DOs will now move into multi-year residency programs across the United States in areas as far away as New York and California and in institutions such as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The class had a 98 percent residency match, which is above the national average for medical schools. The new DOs will join a growing workforce of more than 88,000 DOs in the United States, a number that has more than doubled since 2000.
 
Prior to commencement, the new DOs were honored at a reception sponsored by Trustmark Bank and at an awards banquet at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg on May 22. During the dinner, awards were presented for academic excellence and leadership. Graduating students honored with Outstanding Achievement Awards included Megan Dodge of Harahan, La., for osteopathic principles and practice; Jonathan Chan of Spring, Texas, for clinical sciences; and Nandini Mehta of Harrison, Ohio, for pre-clinical sciences.
 
Nicholas Swindle of Katy, Texas, received the Physiology Award. Jamie Bishop of Prattville, Ala., received the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association Graduating Student Award. Justin Lay of Brandon received the Dean's Award, which is given to a graduating student for outstanding accomplishments in service, leadership and dedication to the medical college. Alexis Cates of Mandeville, La., received the President's Award, which is given to a graduating student demonstrating the merits of an outstanding DO in scholarship, leadership and integrity.
 
The Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award was presented to Elizabeth Walley, wife of new medical graduate Robert Walley, by the medical college's Student Advocate Association. The award is given to the partner of a graduating osteopathic medical student who shows strong support not only to their partner but also to the osteopathic profession.
 
Dr. Henry Pace of Oxford, a pioneer of osteopathic medicine in Mississippi, was recognized by the Carey medical college and also by the state osteopathic medical association with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the profession. Additionally, Dr. Paul Chastain, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, was recognized with the medical college's Researcher of the Year Award. Dr. Chastain was also awarded the university-wide Faculty Research Award in April for his work with multiple National Institutes of Health and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grants.
 
The Carey medical college was established in 2010 to address the severe shortage of physicians in Mississippi and surrounding states and to impact the health care of rural Mississippians. The inaugural class of 94 students graduated in May 2014.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 1:01pm
Dr. Robert Bateman Jr., professor of biomedical sciences and associate dean for research at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive board of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors.
 
The association, founded in April 2008, has a mission of bringing together course directors from all medical, pharmacy and dental schools across North America and the Caribbean to develop objectives to improve biochemistry curricula; utilize effective teaching methods; apply adult learning principles to biochemistry; and provide continuing education in recent areas of biochemistry.
 
Dr. Bateman joined the Carey faculty in 2011 after previously serving on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 before spending three years as a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has published over 35 scientific articles, has been awarded two patents and has received funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Marine Fisheries Service and others.