For the second straight year, William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) has received a No. 1 nationwide ranking for producing the highest percentage of graduates serving in rural areas.
In addition to the highest distinction from U.S. News & World Report, WCUCOM also ranked No. 6 in the nation for highest percentage of graduates practicing in health professional shortage areas and No. 8 in the nation for highest percentage of graduates practicing in primary care.
“This achievement recognizes the dedicated efforts of WCUCOM to nurture physicians with a servant’s heart and transform healthcare for our local communities,” Dr. Italo Subbarao, dean of the WCUCOM said. “These rankings fuel our passion to continue our mission to compassionate physicians and develop access to care in rural and underserved communities throughout Mississippi and the Gulf South.”
The mission of WCUCOM is to prepare aspiring osteopathic physicians to succeed through an emphasis on primary care, lifelong learning, research and scholarly activities, osteopathic clinical service, and graduate medical education.
Using a community-based training model, WCUCOM educates and trains graduates who are committed to serving the healthcare needs of all individuals, with special attention to the medically underserved and diverse populations of the state, region, and nation.
“This back-to-back recognition by U.S. News & World Report is further confirmation that our College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to the mission of serving the underserved. I’m proud as president of William Carey University – but I’m also proud as a life-long Mississippian who values the importance of serving rural areas in our state,” WCU President Dr. Ben BurnettBurnett said.
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