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Monday, May 4, 2015 - 8:16am
The Mississippi Legislature recently recognized the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the university's main campus in Hattiesburg, for its contributions to Mississippi medicine and named the week of April 19-25 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week in the state.
Medical college administrators organized several events to commemorate the week, beginning with the annual Research Symposium featuring Dr. Stefanie Jeffrey of Stanford University as the keynote speaker on April 17. On April 20, a community reception and open house was held at the medical college along with a brief introduction to osteopathic medicine and an update on the medical college's status and future plans.
Other events held to observe the week included an April 22 National ShaDO event, where prospective students shadowed an osteopathic medical student; an April 23 lecture on medical professional liability by representatives from the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi; and an April 27 lecture by Dr. Robert Good, an osteopathic physician and former president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.
The medical college was established in 2010 as the state's second medical school and the first in the region to focus on osteopathic medicine. The inaugural class of 91 students graduated in May 2014 and the college gained full accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. The medical college is the 26th school of osteopathic medicine in the country and has the goal of training student doctors for careers in primary care medicine to address the physician shortage in the Gulf South region, particularly within rural and underserved communities.
The fifth class of students, the Class of 2018, started their studies in August 2014 and consists of 108 students selected from a pool of 2,442 applicants. Admissions preference to the medical college is strongly given to applicants from Mississippi and the surrounding Gulf South states.
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.
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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."