Local Professor finalist for Educator of the Year | Schools
The following is a press release from William Carey University:
Dr. John Bailey, Ph.D., professor of physiology and anatomy at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, was selected as one of four finalists for The George W. Northup Educator of the Year by the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association. The prestigious award is given to an educator in osteopathic medicine who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. George W. Northup, D.O., a leader and pioneer in osteopathy.
Dr. Bailey was represented at the 2012 Spring SOMA Convention in March in Washington, D.C., by a video prepared by WCUCOM SOMA members that showed his outstanding instruction and mentoring. The video showed SOMA delegates from across the county how Dr. Bailey’s knowledge, array of experiences, and unique perspective helps students grasp the complex courses of gross anatomy, medical physiology, and medical neuroscience.
“The students of the WCUCOM respect and appreciate Dr. Bailey as a professor and as a student advocate,” said Hope Harris, a second-year medical student and president of WCUCOM’s SOMA chapter. “Many students have remarked on his humility and dedication to preparing students to be knowledgeable osteopathic physicians.”
One first-year WCUCOM student, Jamie Bishop, noted that she, along with some of her classmates, has received e-mails from Dr. Bailey following up on questions asked in class. Second-year student Richard Calderone states that Dr. Bailey follows up on students’ questions before the next class period with both a definitive answer and multiple sources for further research.
Dr. Bailey serves as the faculty advisor for the Anesthesia Interest Group and the Academic & Non-Clinical Interest Group at the WCUCOM, and also serves as a mentor to medical students with aspirations of working in academia. He is considered a leader in his field who is dedicated to students and their educational preparation.
“WCUCOM SOMA is proud to say we have a Northup Educator of the Year finalist among us,” said Cavatina Pham, a second-year medical student and national liaison officer of WCUCOM’s SOMA chapter. “We appreciate Dr. Bailey’s hard work on our behalf to build the academic environment here and ensure our future as well prepared osteopathic physicians serving the Gulf States area.”
Dr. Bailey received his doctorate in exercise physiology with cognates in anatomy/cell biology, biochemistry, and comparative physiology from The University of Southern Mississippi. His primary research interests are in muscle physiology, neural control, metabolism of muscle tissue, general cell physiology, and cell biology related to cancer. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, the American Association of Anatomists, and the American Society for Cell Biology.