WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine to Host Rural Health Summit

WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine to Host Rural Health Summit

PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – William Carey University is preparing to host a rural health summit for the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The summit begins on Friday, September 19. 16, with dinner for residency program participants, medical association board members, and state elected officials.

Carey will also present an award-winning documentary, “On the Farm,” which will focus on farmers’ struggle with mental health issues and opioid addictions.

Dr. Italo Subbarao, Dean of WCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, said this health summit is critical in training future doctors practicing medicine in rural areas.

“If you’re a primary care physician practicing in a rural area, you need to have a bigger toolbox,” Subbarao said. “You won’t have access to (everything), and that’s what we’re going to educate our people about.

“We’re just thrilled to have this opportunity here in Cary to host this event, and hopefully this is the start of an ongoing conversation that we can have here and then ask Jackson to make changes and differences to improve our health care in our communities.”

The documentary will screen at 7 p.m. Friday at the WCU Thomas Fine Arts Auditorium and is free to the public.

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