January 27, 2017
The William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine resumed classes January 15, four days after a tornado destroyed parts of the medical school. No students or faculty were injured in the EF3 tornado, which killed four and injured 20 in Forrest County, Mississippi.
Classes will be held in an empty nursing school at the nearby University of Southern Missisippi, according to Dean James Turner, D.O. The rapid recovery that belies the extent of the damage sustained on campus is a testament to his faculty's commitment to students, Dr. Turner said. The anatomy lab took the brunt of the storm and was leveled. Two other buildings require repair, but are structurally sound, and another is being evaluated. Rebuilding the school is expected to be an 18 month process.
As faculty prepared for students' return, Dr. Turner express the campus's gratitude for the immediate outpouring of support from the osteopathic community. There is no need for on-site assistance with recovery efforts, Dr. Turn said. But the American Osteopathic Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to assist WCUCOM students and faculty with their material losses.
Donors can visit aof.org/wcu2017 and make donations directly online. Or they can text 41444, enter keyword WCU and the dollar amount (e.g. WCU 20). No additional language or symbols are required. Text donors will receive a response with a link to enter their donation.