David L. McWhorter, PhD

David L. McWhorter, PhD
Chair of Anatomy
Professor, Department of Anatomical Sciences
7000 Chad Colley Boulevard
Fort Smith, AR  72916

David McWhorter is Professor and Chair of Anatomy at ARCOM.
Before pursuing his postsecondary education, Dr. McWhorter served four years of active duty in the United States Navy.  Subsequently, Dr. McWhorter completed an undergraduate and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from Truman State University and the University of Missouri, respectively.  Dr. McWhorter went on to earn a doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in conjunction with Kent State University.

Dr. McWhorter has over 25 years of teaching experience, during which time he has taught undergraduate and graduate students, allopathic medical students and osteopathic medical students.  Dr. McWhorter has received teaching awards from the University of Missouri, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, GA branch campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolina Campus, and William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

At ARCOM, Dr. McWhorter will direct and participate in a team-taught 12-week anatomical sciences course for first-year, first semester students, consisting of cadaveric gross anatomy, basic tissue types of histology, general embryology, and regional neuroanatomy.  This course is designed and intended to provide students with a foundation for the integrated curricular model used at ARCOM.  Continued study of the anatomical sciences occurs via systems within the Biomedical Essentials of Comprehensive Osteopathic Medicine (BECOM) courses.

Medical education is the focus of Dr. McWhorter’s scholarship.  He has been an active member of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) since 1994 and 1998, respectively.  From 2002 to 2006, Dr. McWhorter served as Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (JIAMSE).  Currently, Dr. McWhorter reviews manuscripts for several medical education journals.  For the past decade, he has written anatomy questions for the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX).  Recently, Dr. McWhorter has begun writing anatomy items for the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Achievement Test (COMAT).

Outside of academia, Dr. McWhorter enjoys living a rural life with his wife, Karen, and their two German Shepherds. ATV riding, target shooting, and watching MMA are several of Dr. McWhorter’s favorite pastimes.