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WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine Hosts Educational Session For Hattiesburg's Hispanic Community

In an effort to reach out to Hattiesburg’s Hispanic community, William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) hosted an event titled, “¿Qué es un DO?” (What is a DO?) at Hardy Street Baptist Church on October 13.

Anderson Giraldo (OMSI) and Janette Gomez (OMSII) led the PowerPoint presentation which explained to the audience what makes a doctor of osteopathy (DO) different from a medical doctor (MD), while ensuring that they understood that DOs are fully licensed physicians just as MDs are. Individuals were given brochures about Osteopathic Medicine and contact information for finding an Osteopathic Physician in their area. Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was presented regarding health disparities affecting minorities, and the presenters gave a short synopsis of nutritional information and exercise suggestions to increase one’s health. At the end, there was a question and answer session. 
Afterwards, SOMA served refreshments and sold Christmas ornaments and breast cancer awareness pins. The ornaments served as a fundraiser to help continue SOMA’s efforts in promoting osteopathic medicine, such as the annual trip to Washington, DC, where students will meet with members of Congress to discuss health care issues that will affect the medical profession. All proceeds from the breast cancer pins sale went to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 
“It was a valuable experience to interact and shake hands with members of the Hattiesburg Hispanic community,” said Cavatina Pham (OMSII). “I am glad we had the opportunity to share with them about our future profession as DOs, as well as provide important health data related to the Hispanic population. I hope we can build upon this newfound relationship.”
The WCUCOM students increased individual health awareness, awareness of health risk factors in the Hispanic population specifically, and introduced a new population to Osteopathic Medicine.
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Members of William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) WCUCOM hosted a Hispanic Outreach workshop titled, “¿Qué es un DO?” (What is a DO?) at Hardy Street Baptist Church on October 13. that participated in the event were (left to right, front row) Cavatina Pham of Clinton, Kate Brady of Memphis, Tenn., Rayna Suggs of Rison, Ark., Shanique Jarrett of Gainesville, Fla., Janette Gomez of Southwest Ranches, Fla., Anderson Giraldo of Tamarac, Fla., Caroline Wales of Lafayette, La., Veronica Tassin of Hattiesburg, Greta Seinolol Gania of Lake Worth, Fla., (left to right, back row) Evan Harsh of Fayetteville, Ark., Erin Johnston of Norman, Okla., Cheryl Maqueda, assistant professor of Spanish at WCU, Rachel Gooch of Clinton, Bryant Self of Oxford, Megan Edwards of Water Valley, Nandini Mehta of New York City, NY, Patrick Barber of Collins, Hope Harris of Chicago, Ill., and Allen Martin of Hattiesburg.