Local students experience poverty simulation

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Hundreds of medical students from William Carey University and University of Southern Mississippi met in Wiggins this afternoon.

It was all part of a new program aimed at helping the students understand what it’s like to live in poverty. Through simulation, the students learned how to interact with mock patients who live in a low-income family.

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The overall goal was to help those who will soon be medical professionals understand and empathize with those living in poverty. William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine dean Dr. James M. Turner said, “You can’t teach empathy in my opinion, but it gives them the opportunity to first, get out of the classroom, get out from behind the computer and interact with other people. It gives them the opportunity to really appreciate those patients with economic and social challenges.”

William Carey and USM are planning to make this event a yearly activity for students.