HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Next week is National Osteopathic Medicine Week across the nation and William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice. Osteopathic medicine uses the whole person approach to healing, and William Carey has the only Osteopathic program in the state.
Osteopathic doctors provide comprehensive medical care to patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and have unlimited practice rights in over 65 countries worldwide.
"This has been a very important school for Hattiesburg," said Senator John Polk, who was one of the speakers at the reading of the resolution. "Very important for Mississippi as many of these doctors, I think, will be able to stay in Mississippi and practice medicine, especially in the smaller towns in communities where we lack so many resources medically. "
"The one thing we need to remember as taxpayers in our state is that your college of medicine turning out nearly 100 physicians per year has not cost the state of Mississippi one penny," Polk added.
The practice of Osteopathic medicine was developed in the late 1800s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, and there are more than 800 doctors of Osteopathic medicine currently practicing in the state of Mississippi. For more information, visit www.aacom.org.