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COMmunicator Newsletter
      March 2005

Congressman on Campus

US Rep. John Sullivan and Dr. Fernandes

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, with assistance from nurse practitioner Sheryl Stansifer, checks out
his heart beat using telemedicine technology
at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Sullivan championed $420,000 in federal funding to help OSU
equip telemedicine
suites in Oklahoma’s
rural hospitals.







Say "howdy" at ACOFP

If you are attending the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians convention in Phoenix in March, stop by the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine booth at #1010 in Hall D and E of the Phoenix Civic Plaza.

At the booth will be:
  • Ryan Miller, assistant director of alumni affairs
  • Karen Wicker, director of external affairs
  • John Fernandes, D.O., president and dean
  • Larry Cherry, D.O., vice president academic affairs

A reception for OSU alumni is planned for 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Suite 316. Details will be available at the booth.

Come by and say "howdy!"


Hats off to you


New OMM department renews tradition

Drs. Miriam Mills and JoAnn RyanJoAnn Ryan, D.O., ’83, is chair of the newly created osteopathic manipulative medicine department (OMM), designed to train osteopathic physicians to integrate osteopathic philosophy and manipulative medicine into primary care and specialties. New rotations have been created for third and fourth year students. "An OMM residency will allow doctors with a special interest in OMM to be eligible for board certification," Ryan says.

A new Center for Structural Medicine is open at the OSU Health Care Center to treat patients. Full-time department members include Ken Graham, D.O., ’79; Larry Ellis, D.O., ’99; and Ryan. Part-time faculty include Harriet Shaw, D.O., Robin Dyer, D.O., ’99, and Miriam Mills, M.D.

Drs. Miriam Mills and JoAnn Ryan


Charles Henley, D.O., M.P.H.Dear fellow alumni,

Your Alumni Association has been going through some changes. Ryan Miller is our new assistant director and Reneé Motte is administrative assistant. We could not survive without them. They help the board and work for the members in a variety of ways; helping with the undergraduate emergency loan fund, interfacing with the student senate and administration, staffing convention booths, and keeping us on track with the myriad of administrative details that pop up throughout the year. We also have the assistance of the extremely talented Karen Wicker, director of external affairs, to help us with the details of our relationship with the parent association at Stillwater, and with special projects. Dr. Leigh Goodson also helped provide direction during the transition to a different management team.

Dr. Murray Crow gave an update on alumni activities at the AOA convention in San Francisco. I presented medical students with certificates announcing their new status as student members of the Association. We intend to add student representation during board meetings and expand the activities of the board to include more members from different parts of the State. We will also be initiating some other fund raising opportunities in the near future, so be on the look out for the return of the alumni golf tournament.

We are now a chapter of the OSU Alumni Association. Except for solicitation of new membership, the transition should be seamless. Your OSU-COM Alumni Association still represents you, and we still manage our own resources. The main purpose for using our income is for support of the students, the college, and the interests of our members, in short, everyone from OSU-COM. To facilitate this we have the Spring Fling as a fund raiser. This annual CME review course has a reputation of being a premier event in Tulsa, and this year’s Spring Fling will be at the Downtown Doubletree, May 13-14. Dr. Crow is this years’ program director and there is an exciting lineup of speakers. There is a $50 discount for members and 17 hours of category one CME credit for a very low price, as well as vendors, food and a chance to see old friends. Please mark your calendars and set aside this time to join us. It’s a great way to begin a new year.

Charles Henley, D.O., M.P.H., ‘77
President – Executive Committee

J. Michael Moody, D.O.Moody completes Forensics degree

As Yogi Berra said, it will be déjà vu all over again when J. Michael Moody, D.O.,’82, returns to campus in May to receive a Master of Forensic Sciences Administration (M.F.S.A.) degree.

Moody is the first to receive an M.F.S.A. degree from the OSU graduate program in Forensic Sciences. The program, established in 2001, also offers an M.S. in Forensic Science and a graduate course of academic study in the forensic examination of questioned documents. The programs are offered through the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Moody says he has finished degree requirements almost entirely online. “The only non-Web course I took was a week-long disaster management seminar on the OSU campus.” He plans to attend commencement ceremonies, bringing back memories of the ceremony that conferred his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

A county medical examiner for two decades, Moody had a handle on forensics, but wanted to learn more. He says courses like questioned documents and forensic engineering added to his expertise. Studying management, budgets and human resources taught him about administration, and all the courses gave him more in-depth knowledge. When it comes to putting the degree to work, he is free to explore his options, having recently sold his private practice in Oklahoma City.

Moody is past president of the alumni association executive committee and current president of the board of the Oklahoma Education Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine (OEFOM). He also serves on the credentials committee and the grievance committee for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. In 2004, he was awarded a fellowship to the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians for his paper, Forensic Science of Ballistics.

His foursome came in second at last summer’s OEFOM’s golf tournament, which benefits the College. “Our team members were not regular golfers and we scored three over par, but our handicap helped,” Moody says. His team has set its sites on doing it again in 2005. Sounds like he is teeing up another déjà vu!


Grant creates family medicine research division

A new division of research has been created in the OSU Department of Family Medicine through a $1.2 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant. The three-year grant creates a research infrastructure that includes a project coordinator, a project development specialist and a research assistant. In addition, a half-time clinical assistant professor will provide research release time to clinicians.

The grant’s objectives are to increase research capacity and expertise, institute a research development program and augment research education for new investigators, with a focus on projects addressing medical education, medically underserved communities, underserved populations, mental health, and public health.


Dr. Moore retires
Dr. Moore retires

William E. Moore, D.O., longtime professor of surgery, was recently honored at a retirement reception, where he was presented with an OSU rocking chair.


May brings alumni events

Spring Fling
May 13 and 14
Downtown Doubletree Hotel

Graduation Awards Banquet
May 13
6:30 p.m. - Social Hour
7:30 p.m. - Dinner
Doubletree Warren Place
Special recognition of the Silver Anniversary Class of 1980

May 14
10 a.m.
Tulsa Community College

Graduates from 25 years ago will gather to celebrate their silver anniversary year during Spring Fling/Graduation weekend in Tulsa. The annual awards banquet on Friday, May 13, will salute members of the class. Alumni are invited to attend graduation on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m., at Tulsa Community College Van Trease Performing Arts and Education Center, Highway 169 and 81st Street.


Alumni notes

In Memoriam
James L. Howard, D.O., 52, passed away Dec. 5, 2004. He was a 1976 graduate of KCOM and practiced family medicine in Broken Arrow, Okla., where he served as a preceptor for OSU.

Alumni Association Aids Student Senate
The Alumni Association has donated a total of $5,750 to the Student Senate. The $750 is earmarked to help purchase a new cholesterol meter. A special thanks to Robert C Ritter, Ph.D., emeritus professor, for his assistance with additional funding for the meter. The $5,000 gift is a block grant to be given by the Senate to student organizations.

Alumni Notes
Charles E. Henley, D.O., '77, M.P.H., has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation.


Office of Alumni Affairs

Ryan N. Miller
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs

Renee’ Motte
Senior Administrative Assistant

OSU Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 West 17th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107-1898
918-699-8709 or toll free 800-677-1972

The COMmunicator is a quarterly newsletter published by the OSU Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association.

Charles Henley, D.O., ’77, president
John J. Fernandes, D.O., M.B.A., president & dean
Marla M. Schaefer, M.S., editor
Ellen L. Stockton, art director
Mary Jane Nichols, graphic designer
Terry R. Drenner, photographer
Kelli Fields, web coordinator