Collaboration of some meaningful kind between the College of Health and William Carey University’s College of Medicine makes too much sense not to happen. Beyond just sharing the vision of a healthier region, I can feel a philosophical kinship between a holistic, community-oriented approach to medical care (theirs) and a range of programs aiming at disease prevention, health promotion, and well-being (ours).
WCU Dean Jim Turner and I had a good long chat yesterday, incorporating a tour of building expansion underway after just three years of medical school operation. Research connections seem a natural starting point for doing some work together, but perhaps no more so than offering a Master of Public Health program tailored to the needs of WCU medical students (Dr. Turner himself is currently a student in our executive format MPH), or jointly sponsoring professional development opportunities. We shall see how things develop.