The Mississippi Legislature, in a concurrent resolution approved on March 9, recognized the work of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine and named the week of April 19-25 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week in Mississippi.
The resolution, sponsored by Sens. John Polk of District 44 and Billy Hudson of District 45, recognizes Carey’s medical college, the first school of osteopathic medicine in the state, and its work in educating future osteopathic physicians and in providing various services to the community. The resolution also recognizes the 440 osteopathic physicians currently practicing in Mississippi.
The resolution specifically mentions the medical college’s new osteopathic manipulative treatment clinic, opened January 26 on the Hattiesburg campus. The clinic serves Carey students, employees and their families and has introduced the principles of osteopathic medicine to the community.
The resolution also mentions the college’s various outreach efforts, including holding health fairs at local events; leading activities in elementary schools for National Physiology Understanding Week; volunteering at health care clinics in impoverished areas of the Mississippi Delta; leading exercise classes and activities at local retirement homes; raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association; assisting with cleanup efforts at Gordon’s Creek in Hattiesburg; and helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to outreach efforts, the resolution also recognizes the attendance of medical college personnel and students at the recent Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle, where Alexis Cates, a fourth-year student from Mandeville, La., was awarded the Nichols LEAD Scholar Award. The award, given by the American Osteopathic Foundation, was presented to Cates for leadership, excellence, achievement and dedication in the classroom and in the community.
Dr. James Turner, dean of the medical college, was on hand to receive the resolution, along with members of the student body and associate deans Dr. Robert Bateman and Dr. Italo Subbarao. Dr. Ed Williams, executive director of the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association, was also present.