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Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 8:17am
Three second-year medical students at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine were honored with special awards during the sixth annual White Coat Ceremony on August 15 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
Christen Jones of Moselle received the Asbury Award for Academic Excellence, which was endowed by the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg and is given annually to recognize the student from the foundation’s eight-county service area who achieves the highest grade point average during the freshman year of study.
Preference is given to a student who intends to practice in Mississippi. Dr. William K. “Bill” Ray, the president of the foundation, presented Jones with a medallion and Dr. Tommy King, Carey president, awarded Jones with a cash gift to apply to her medical education. Jones is a 2013 graduate of Carey with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Jeffrey Griffis of Hattiesburg was presented with the Ross Award for Excellence in Anatomy, which recognizes the student with the highest grade point average in anatomy. It is given on an annual basis to a medical student from Mississippi who plans to practice in the state after completion of medical school. 
The Ross Award was established by Dr. Randy Ross, chairman of the department of surgery at Hattiesburg Clinic, and his wife, Brenda. The Rosses presented Griffis with a medallion and a cash stipend to be applied to medical school tuition. Griffis is a 2013 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a 2014 graduate of Carey’s Master of Biomedical Science program.
Kristen Stevenson of Frisco, Texas, was awarded the Gulfport Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship for academic merit. The hospital auxiliary provided funds for two scholarships, including the medical student scholarship and a scholarship for a student enrolled in the Carey School of Nursing. Dr. James Turner, dean of the medical college, presented Stevenson with a certificate. Stevenson is a 2013 graduate of the Centenary College of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
“Establishing an endowed scholarship for students in the medical field is a fine way to leave a lasting legacy to an individual, a loved one or family member, while also enhancing medical services available to an underserved area of our nation,” said King as he expressed his appreciation to award and scholarship donors.
The Carey medical college, the second medical school in Mississippi and the state’s only osteopathic medical school, 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 graduated in 2014 followed by the second class in 2015. The White Coat Ceremony, held each August, welcomes the medical college’s newest class of students.
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The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted the sixth annual White Coat Ceremony for the new medical college class, the Class of 2019, on August 15 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
During the ceremony, each student was ceremonially cloaked with a white medical coat, which signifies the excellence and caring nature demanded of those entering the medical profession, in front of university administration, faculty and family members. After receiving their coats, students then signed their names in the “Big Red Book,” a tradition started by the inaugural class in 2010. Each class signs in to the book during the White Coat Ceremony and then signs out during commencement.
The new class consists of 108 students selected from 2,807 applicants. There are 56 men and 52 women in the class. In keeping with the medical college’s mission to serve the Gulf South region, 87 percent of the class is from Gulf South states, including 28 from Mississippi, 23 from Texas, 22 from Louisiana, eight from Florida and seven from Tennessee. A total of 16 states and two foreign countries are represented in the class.
The new class was also honored at a welcome reception on August 18 at the Historic Train Depot in Hattiesburg. The reception was co-sponsored by the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association, the Area Development Partnership, the City of Hattiesburg and the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.
The Carey medical college, the second medical school in Mississippi and the state’s only osteopathic medical school, 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 graduated in 2014 followed by the second class in 2015.
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9:56am
A professor and students from the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine have received international recognition for a four-part series of articles focusing on the use of social network Twitter as a communications tool in crisis situations.
The articles, entitled “Twitter as a Potential Disaster Risk Reduction Tool,” were published in June by PLOS Currents: Disasters, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The authors of the articles included Dr. Italo Subbarao, an associate dean and associate professor at Carey’s medical college; Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a second-year Carey medical student from Wheaton, Illinois; and Violet Yeager, a third-year Carey medical student from New Orleans. Serving as a collaborative partner was Dr. Frederick “Skip” Burkle Jr., a Harvard University scholar.
As the culmination of two years of extensive research, the articles examine the use of Twitter during the EF4 tornado that struck the Hattiesburg area in February 2013 and apply Twitter’s usefulness to other crisis situations through 11 core public health and disaster management competencies. Subbarao and the team of student researchers compared the tornado’s relatively few injuries and zero fatalities to similar instances across the United States and then factored in the strong use of the social network.
“Twitter created a broader awareness about this tornado,” said Subbarao. “This was the first time the National Weather Service in Jackson purposefully employed Twitter with Dual-Pol radar as a means of awareness … and you had many other real-time messages giving people updates.”
The team created a new methodology to study Twitter and its impact during disasters by isolating and extracting the Twitter messages, or tweets, from the tornado’s time period. The data revealed how much information was shared on Twitter during the time period and showed the social network’s usefulness in reducing disaster risk, said Subbarao.
“In today’s world, where the Internet has opened many new avenues and people usually have smartphones on them at all times, Twitter provides rapid, real-time communication and can really assist during a specific crisis,” he said.
Subbarao said the research shows that the awareness generated by Twitter contributed to the decreased number of injuries and fatalities caused by the tornado.
“This tool is something that can be used globally to reduce disaster risk,” said Subbarao. “This is the tip of the iceberg, too, because there are many more applications for this service, from daily emergency medical services to major disasters.”
Cooper, who spent weekends and school breaks working on the project with Subbarao and fellow student Yeager, agreed.
“The biggest thing about Twitter is that a user, whether it be an average user or someone working in disaster management, can use the service to amplify his or her voice,” he said.
Since their initial publication, the articles have been widely shared on social media and have also been picked up by other publications and disaster management agencies, including the World Health Organization and the offices of Disaster Risk Reduction and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations.
The articles are available to the public for free by clicking here.
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 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,, 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.