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      December 2006



Joe Coffman, D.O.














A $20,000 gift to OSU-CHS from the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine will refurbish campus student lounge areas. The first floor lounge will be named the OEFOM Student Lounge.

"We will begin improvements in the first floor lobby area outside the current lounge and progress through all the lounge areas. Improvements also will be made to the west Founders Hall lobby,” says Dr. Leigh Goodson, vice president for enrollment management and external affairs, and associate dean of graduate studies.

The OEFOM also supports the school through assistance for commencement exercises, professional dues, the Dean's fund and other initiatives.



Robin Dyer, D.O. and Elizabeth Nokes

Robin Dyer, D.O., ’92 treasurer of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association, presents a $500 check from the association to Elizabeth Nokes, campus coordinator for Eugene Field, the campus’ adopted school.

The money helps pay for school supplies for Eugene Field students. The school has a large number of students living at poverty level.



Alumni Picnic

Welcoming the new academic year at the all-school picnic are Reneé Motte-Williams, Eric Scholl, Pistol Pete, Betty Jo Westerfield and Dr. Kirby Jarolim. The event was sponsored by the College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association.



Office of
Alumni Affairs

Ryan N. Miller
Director of Alumni Affairs
Renee’ Motte
Administrative Assistant II

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

John J. Fernandes, D.O., M.B.A.,
    President & Dean
Marla M. Schaefer, M.S., Editor
Ellen L. Stockton, Art Director
Peggy Billups, Graphic Designer
Terry R. Drenner, Photographer
Kelli Fields, Web Coordinator

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


Hello Alumni,

It is hard to believe we are almost through 2006. It has been an exciting year for our school and its graduates. We have seen an agreement between Tulsa Regional Medical Center and the school that should secure residency programs for many years. Gov. Brad Henry recently visited our school to talk to the students and discuss this agreement and the passage of Senate Bill 1771. Also, congratulations to our Class of 2006, which scored first in average score on the level two Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination.

Thanks to all of you who were active with calls and letters to our state legislators regarding Senate Bill 1771. There is little doubt that, without our support, this bill would not have passed. I encourage us all to continue to be politically active to ensure our future as osteopathic physicians. I fear if we are not proactive in voicing our concerns and opinions we will see more Medicare cuts, little liability reform, decreasing scope of practice and more interference in our day-to-day work by third parties and nonphysician providers. Talking with alumni and colleagues, it is clear to me we all love taking care of our patients and practicing medicine but it is also clear many of us are extremely frustrated with our profession.  It is up to us to fight the fight to see that changes are made, for it is only physicians who truly know what our patients need and the best way to care for them.

Richard Hastings, D.O., ’80 and I recently attended the AOA convention in DisplayLas Vegas. It was good to see old friends and fellow graduates. We had a great alumni luncheon and reception and both were well attended. Thanks to Ryan Miller and his staff for their hard work in arranging these functions. I look forward to seeing some of you in March at the ACOFP convention in Florida. 
On behalf of the alumni board, I would like to wish all of you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.

Joe Coffman, D.O., ’95
President-Executive Board
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
Alumni Association

Mobile Telemed Clinic Arrives

OSU Medicine’s new 39-foot bus, fitted with state-of-the-art satellite communications equipment debuted in November, bringing specialty and general Mobile Telemed Bushealth care, screenings and procedures to rural Oklahoma. The $450,000 bus is fitted with exam rooms staffed by physicians, medical students and residents. It connects to OSU’s 24 telemedicine sites. The bus can be used in rural communities and set up outside small hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. It also will be available for disaster situations.

SOMA Hears Governor, Treasurer

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and State Treasurer Scott Meacham discussed health care in Oklahoma and the role of OSU Center for Health Sciences in improving the health of Oklahomans.

Governer Henry rec
Gov. Henry receives white coat from SOMA president Kipp Slicker.

The officials were invited to speak on campus by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

Henry discussed the recent passage of Senate Bill 1771, which stabilized OSU’s graduate medical education. He commended the students for their dedication to bettering the lives of Oklahomans, calling them the best of the best. “I ask you to sincerely consider staying in Oklahoma; to contribute to a community in Oklahoma,” he said.

Meacham said, “I see the importance of this school to our state.” He cited the positive effects of access to health care provided by OSU’s telemedicine services, and the school’s impact on the economic growth of rural Oklahoma. SOMA hosted a reception in Founders Hall after the presentation.

OSU Medicine Graduates
Achieve in COMLEX Level 2

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating class of 2006 recently scored first in average score on the Level 2 Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) board examination. The exam, taken in a student’s fourth year of schooling, evaluates the student’s knowledge in the clinical areas of medicine and surgery and clinical problem-solving skills.

OSU students also scored second in the nation in pass rate. A total of 94.5 percent of the 91 OSU students tested passed.

New Chapter For
Graduate Medical Education

Gov. Brad Henry convened the first meeting of the OSU Medical Authority on the OSU-CHS campus, marking a new chapter for graduate medical education programs. OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Tulsa Regional Medical Center recently signed a 50-year Academic Affiliation Agreement, now managed by the Authority. The state legislature appropriated $40 million over the next five years to fund improvements at the hospital, renamed OSU Medical Center.

OSU Medical Authority

Alums Named Top Residents

Jeremy Fullingim, D.O., '03 and Jennifer Howell, D.O., '03Jeremy Fullingim, D.O., ’03, and Jennifer Howell, D.O., ’03, were named 2006 Merck Outstanding Residents of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation. Both are residents at the OSU Medical Center in Tulsa (formerly Tulsa Regional Medical Center) and are two of only four residents nationally to receive the honor. The award is given to osteopathic physicians in an AOA-approved residency program. Winners are chosen for their dedication to the osteopathic philosophy, compassionate patient care, leadership skills and commitment to education and enrichment of self and others. The awards were presented, along with $5,000 checks, at the AOA annual convention.


Alumni Notes

Steven E. Albert, D.O., ’92, works at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, as a part of the Family and Community Medicine Service, in the Deployment Medicine Branch in the post deployment health reassessment program. He is involved in treating post traumatic stress disorder and mental health-related issues, and also works in soldier readiness processing and sick call.

Oklahoma’s Army Medical unit’s recent change of command ceremony welcomed incoming commander Lt. Col. John C. Loose, D.O., ’94, of Lawton, and said farewell to Col. Kenneth Smith D.O., ’88, of Stillwater, the unit's commander for the past two years. Lt. Col. Loose also assumed duties as state surgeon for the Oklahoma Army National Guard, replacing Col. Smith in that position. Smith and Loose both have served overseas. Smith served under Operation Iraqi Freedom. Loose served in Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom.

Duane Koehler, D.O., ’90, Miami, Okla., was named “Rural Health Physician of the Year” by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma. The award was announced at a meeting of the Physician Manpower Training Commission. Dr. Koehler is in private practice in Miami and also serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and the PMTC. He is an OSU-COM adjunct faculty member and a preceptor and hub site coordinator for the rural clinics rotation (formerly Family Medicine B).

Bruce Stafford, D.O., ’00, was featured in the Aug. 18 issue of Medical Economics. Stafford, who practices in Choctaw, Okla., graduated from OSU-COM at age 52, after a successful career as an electrical engineer with AT&T.

In Memoriam

Jana L. Min, D.O., ’97, died August 10, 2006.