The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated a milestone on Tuesday, after being named one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation by US News & World Report, which publishes news, consumer advice, rankings and analysis.
Officials made the announcement at a press conference at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. At just 12 years old – having been established in 2010 – the college is the youngest medical school in the Top 100 rankings.
“It’s always a great day to be a crusader, but today is especially great as we celebrate together,” said university president Ben Burnett. “’Service to others’ is a core value here at William Carey University; it’s what we were founded on, and our medical school models that in its determination to train young doctors to serve in rural areas.
“The most amazing thing about this recognition, for me, is that we got it in such a short time. It’s not like we’ve been here 60, 70 or 80 years as a medical school. And to only do it in (a little over) a decade only makes it more amazing, and that was the vision of the board of trustees…and the vision of our past president, Dr. Tommy King.
The college has ranked in the Top 100 in both rankings used by U.S. News & World Report: “Best Medical Schools: Primary Care” and “Best Medical Schools: Research.” Nationally, the College of Osteopathic Medicine ranked 90th in primary care and 95th in research.
These rankings are based on faculty resources, academic performance of incoming students, and qualitative assessments of schools and residence directors.
The analysis also takes into account the college’s previous recognitions as the first in the nation to place graduates in rural areas; fourth in the country for graduate placement in underserved areas; and fourth in the nation in percentage for placement of graduates in primary care residences.
“From our perspective, we can’t control the numbers and that kind of stuff, but I think what the numbers say as one of the top 100 medical schools, that recognition says we’re doing something. good,” said Dr Italo Subbarao. , Dean of WCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “That means we’re focusing on the mission of primary care graduates in Mississippi, and that’s what the state really needs.
“So we do it with dedication, we do it with dedication, we do it every day on a daily basis, and it’s that commitment to producing a servant doctor – a doctor who will go into their communities to serve – that I think we ‘begins to see that shine through. I think this is our mission focus, which we work so hard to try to contribute at a time when it is desperately needed across the state.
Also, the college is one of only five osteopathic medical schools ranked in the Top 100 and one of only five top 100 medical schools in its five-state area. It is the only one in the state of Mississippi classified as such.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum is based on the principles and practice of osteopathy, medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement and system-based practice.
“As for the future…we can’t control the numbers, but what we can control is our continued effort, dedication and determination to make Mississippi healthier,” Subbarao said. “This means that we will continue to work on our program to make it as innovative as possible and do our best to train future graduate doctors who will go into primary care specialties.”
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