WCU med school hosts third annual research symposium

WCU med school hosts third annual research symposium

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of medical students showcased their research Friday afternoon during an annual event at William Carey University.

The 2016 Research Symposium was held at the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Research on topics such as sleep disorders, stroke rehabilitation and alternative treatment methods for breast cancer were displayed.  Several specialists also presented lectures.

"(The medical school) been in existence for seven years and to have our third research day symposium with this much success is just huge for us," said James M. Turner, D.O., dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"We've had residents present, we have key studies here from our medical students, we have our master's students presenting and we have undergraduate presentations, so all levels are represented," said Everett A. Roark, Ph.D., director of the master of biomedical science program at the university.

"This is very important because it begins your learning now, as a student," said Dexter Matrana, a second year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. "You can start now and make your mistakes, or you can grow from this," he said.

More than 400 students are studying medicine at the university.