School Department News

Faculty and Staff-Osteopathic Medicine

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 1:01pm
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) welcomed its eighth class of students during the annual white coat ceremony on July 29, 2017, at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. Members of the faculty, family and mentors presented each student a traditional white lab coat bearing the COM seal. 
This class of 103 students was selected from more than 2,500 applicants and includes 73 men and 30 women representing 24 states. There are currently 414 students enrolled in COM, which is the only osteopathic medical school in the state of Mississippi. Several of the students who graduated with the first class in 2014 are now completing their residencies and will soon begin practicing medicine.
The white coat ceremony includes the signing of the “Big Red Book,” a tradition that started with the inaugural class in 2010. Students “sign in” at their white coast ceremony and “sign out” at graduation, thus establishing a permanent record of their tenure at the institution. 
The following awards were presented during the ceremony:
  • Asbury Foundation Award – Student Doctor Phillip Jenkins
  • J. Randolph and Brenda Ross Award – Student Doctor Kevin Warren
  • Shoe Leather Award – Dr. J. Lee Valentine
The College of Osteopathic Medicine emphasizes training in primary care, lifelong learning, research and scholarly activity, and service. Using a community-based training model, the COM educates and trains graduates who are committed to serving the healthcare needs of all individuals, with special attention directed to the medically underserved and diverse populations.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 12:00am
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the re-opening of its Interactive Learning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 27. 
Each of the four buildings that make up the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) were damaged during the tornado that hit campus on Jan. 21. The college’s anatomy lab was a complete loss and is in the final stages of construction. Repairs to the other three building are now complete, and classes for the new school year began in July. During the spring trimester, the University of Southern Mississippi provided space for the medical school while repairs continued at the Carey campus. 
The Interactive Learning Center, also referred to as a simulation lab, is where students have clinical practice being physicians during the four years of their medical school careers. The center is set up and equipped much like a doctor's office with 12 exam rooms for student practice. Members of the community participate in a “standardized patient” program where they are trained to portray the role of patients. This allows students to practice exam skills, history taking skills, communication skills and other exercises. 
During the first year of medical school, the students cultivate their basic physical exam skills such as listening to the heart and lungs. They are also introduced to tools of evaluation and diagnosis such as EKG, spirometry and ultrasound. During the second year, the students practice conducting the full history and physical in the patient primary care clinic. During their third year, students return to campus to hone in on both humanistic and diagnostic accuracy as well as refine their practice of osteopathic manipulative treatment. During their fourth year, students gain experience with general procedures of a physician. 
Additional workshops on using ultrasound are conducted in the simulation lab, and two high fidelity manikins help train students in teamwork and managing emergencies. The simulation lab is also used for conducting certification classes including Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
The WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine opened in 2010 and is the only osteopathic medical school in the state of Mississippi. The school emphasizes training in primary care, lifelong learning, research and scholarly activity, and service. Using a community-based training model, the COM educates and trains graduates who are committed to serving the healthcare needs of all individuals, with special attention directed to the medically underserved and diverse populations.
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2:48pm
It’s a hot, sunny summer day in Hattiesburg today, July 21, 2017. Six months ago in the early morning hours of January 21, many of our Carey students awoke to rain, thunder and lightning as storms rolled through the Pine Belt, bringing with them the EF-3 tornado that tore through our campus. 
That is a day that will remain in our memories, but we have made great progress in rebuilding the campus in a short amount of time. In those first hours, the university administration assured us Carey would come back stronger than ever, and indeed we are. “Carey Strong” was not just a slogan we adopted; we lived it and demonstrated it through the dedication of our students, faculty, staff and the community that supported us. 
“Losing so much in the tornado was a tragedy, but the opportunity to rebuild a better campus is a challenge that comes once in a generation,” said President Tommy King on the six-month anniversary of the tornado. 
After the spring trimester ended in May, the second phase of repairs and rebuilding began. Construction crews have been hard at work throughout campus this summer. All the dorm rooms are being repainted and new tile installed on the floors. New windows have been installed in almost every building on campus. Remember that big gaping hole on the front of Green Science building? It’s no longer there; the walls have been rebuilt and a much-needed elevator installed. 
The College of Osteopathic Medicine’s anatomy lab was a complete loss and had to be torn down. The new lab is almost finished and will be ready for the new class of medical students that arrives next week. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has also moved back to campus, and classes have gone on as scheduled this summer.
When students return to campus in August, there will be a new academic building on County Drive, next to the new Waddle Sports Facility. This building will house the classes that were in Tatum Court and the School of Business while the new Asbury Academic Building is constructed. Upon completion of the Asbury building, the building on County Drive will be converted into a band hall, dance studio, and classrooms.
Construction has started on the new dorms to replace Ross and Johnson Halls. The new dorms will be ready in August 2018 and will provide 50 additional rooms that we did not have before the tornado.
We recently received good news regarding the School of Business building. Immediately after the tornado, we were not sure we could save the building due to the extensive damage. Once it was decided the building could be saved, we thought it would be August 2018 before we could move back into it. But the contractors are now saying it can be ready by October 2017.
Construction of the new Tatum Court will begin soon and is expected to take 12-14 months. 
As we begin the new school, year we will focus on our new theme, “God is our refuge and strength,” based on Psalm 46, the scripture found on the open pages of the pulpit Bible in Bass Memorial Chapel following the tornado.
While we have made progress in the past six months, there is still much work to do to rebuild our campus. As construction continues, let’s remember Carey’s strength is not found in buildings; it is found in the Carey family which is grounded in scripture, rooted in faith, and driven by mission.
Click here to view a "then and now" photo gallery posted by The Hattiesburg American.
"Carey grateful for blessings amid storm recovery" article published in The Hattiesburg American.
The tornado damage to campus is estimated to be almost $73 million. Below is an update on the construction that has been completed and the schedule for future repairs.
Phase I – repairs – these were all finished this spring
  • Cafeteria, post office/bookstore, library, Lawrence Hall to accommodate administrative offices
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) academic, administrative, and clinical building. Anatomy lab was completely destroyed.
  • Physical therapy building (Thomas Building)
  • Fairchild and Smith Halls (education buildings)
  • Thomas Fine Arts building (except auditorium)
  • North wing of Green Science building
  • New biology lab
  • Temporary repairs to dorms: Bass Hall, Bryant Hall, Polk Hall, Braswell Hall, Byrd Hall, Futral Hall, Davis Hall
  • Preliminary repairs to athletic fields and tennis courts
  • Ben Waddle Sports Facility (construction completed, this building was not damaged by tornado)
Phase II – to be completed this summer or early fall 2017
  • Permanent repairs to all dorms
  • South wing of Green Science Hall
  • Auditorium
  • Wheeler Alumni House/admissions offices
  • New annex to Clinton Gym
  • Repairs to Clinton Gym
  • Newly constructed “temporary” classroom and office space (will become permanent)
  • All dorms will have new permanent windows, flooring and ceiling tile and newly painted
  • Bass Chapel
  • Anatomy Lab (COM)
  • Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum
  • Tatum Theatre
Phase III – to be completed summer 2018
  • Complete renovation and restoration of School of Business. New date: October 2017
  • New dorms – Johnson and Ross Halls
  • New addition to Tatum Theater
  • New Asbury Academic Building
  • New Tatum Court
  • Conversion of “temporary” classroom building to permanent academic space
  • Continue to purchase property in the area; this is an ongoing goal
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:37am
Jennifer Hotzman, assistant professor of anatomy at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, needed a CAT scan of Native American bones from the time shortly after Columbus arrived. She put out a call for assistance and Singing River Hospital stepped in to help. 
“Tipu is a unique Mayan archeological site in Belize that dates to the 1500s. It contains about 600 burials,” said Hotzman. “Of course, everyone knows Columbus came to the new world in 1492. The major question I want to answer is how the native population was influenced by their contact and interaction with the Spanish.”
She has bones of about 249 juveniles and several were chosen for the examination. “Since rapidly growing bones are most affected by nutrition and living conditions, these will be used for the CAT scan,” Hotzman said. “The scans will be compared with other databases to see if the Mayan children reached their developmental milestones appropriately.”
Karen Ehlers, chief technician of the radiology department, said Singing River Hospital was pleased to help with the research project. “This is very interesting. It is not every day we get to work with 500-year old bones.” 
Click here to see the story about Dr. Hotzman’s work that aired on WLOX.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:35pm
The College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a viewing of the documentary “Among the Discarded” on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 124 of Asbury Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Louisiana native and artist Trent Dion Soto spent 30 days homeless on the streets of LA’s Skid Row with only a toothbrush and GoPro camera. During that time, he immersed himself into the culture and interviewed people living on the streets. A Q&A session with Soto will follow the film. COM students will also present a brief homeless simulation. 
Carey and USM students and faculty are invited to attend. Free admission. Donations of toiletry items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant) will be collected and donated to The Fieldhouse for the Homeless.