William Carey College of Medicine reopens after tornado damage

After seven months of rebuilding from the January tornado, William Carey University’s College of Medicine building is back open. Students started classes on Monday in their brand new facility, but today they celebrated with a ribbon cutting.
“I remember getting pictures and texts from people who were at the school studying and heard windows crashing down.” Medical student Brewer Carter, remembers the day a tornado ripped through William Carey University, severely damage it, leaving them no choice, but to continue their studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Now, the newly repaired osteopathic medicine facility made it just in time for the new school year. “This is like our home. It was very nice to be at USM. They were so nice to us, but it feels great to be back in our own lecture halls, in our own study areas, and kind of just be a little more comfortable back at home,” said Carter.
Students like Brewer now have access to new medical equipment. “I mean everything’s back and better. They’ve made some improvements. I know the simulation lab has been improved upon a bunch and I’m just looking forward to getting to use it this year.”
Director of Clinical Simulation Dr. Teresa Rogers said, “We’re re-utilized some of the rooms that were previously just smaller conference rooms and now we’re just going to use it for more active learning in small groups. There’s not a whole lot of changes, but we’re just using the space differently, more creatively.”
The campus suffered 80 million dollars in damage, but that didn’t keep the students away. Throughout the process they came together and helped repair their school. WCUCOM Dean Dr. James Turner said, “Luckily, I have the best medical students in the world so they all got behind us and my faculty got behind us and nobody ever once during the whole seven months said ‘that’s beneath me, that’s not something I do.’ I had PhDs with drills drilling holes in the walls and physicians that were carrying boxes so we pulled it together.”

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