Ryan N. Miller
Director of Alumni Affairs
Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 West 17th Street
Tulsa, OK 74107-1898
John J. Fernandes,
President & Dean
Marla M. Schaefer, M.S.
Ellen L. Stockton
Terry R. Drenner
The COMmunicator is a quarterly newsletter published by the OSU Center for Health Sciences,
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Happy New Year, alumni!
What a great and busy year it will be for our alumni association. We thank
those who have attended recent alumni events. We were in San Diego for
AOA national convention and the alumni luncheon was attended by
alumni and spouses. Association President Dr. Richard
Hastings’ presentation at
the lunch emphasized the importance of staying
connected through the alumni
association and supporting our OSU family.
More than 100 alumni attended the
reception that evening, where Dr.
John Fernandes, OSU-CHS president, gave
an update on the college and
the positive impact we are having in Oklahoma
and the U.S.
Supporting our alumni and students while keeping them connected to the
college is the number one priority of our alumni association and 2008
brings numerous plans and event. We are co-sponsoring the Enid Winter
Charity Ball, the First United Holiday Gala and the Osteopathic Founders
Foundation’s Winterset 2008. We will exhibit at the OOA Winter CME Jan.
25-27 at the DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa Downtown; the ACOFP national
convention March 12-16 in Denver (reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 14,
location to be announced) and the OOA annual convention April 24-27 in
Oklahoma City. Look for us at all these events. Come by and say “hi”
and grab some of our OSU orange goodies.
There have been changes for our graduation in 2008. Our new graduation
activities include the awards banquet from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at
the DoubeTree Hotel Tulsa at Warren Place and graduation at 6:30 p.m.,
Friday, May 9, at the Union Performing
May 16-17 the CME Spring Fling will be held at the Downtown Doubletree
Hotel Tulsa. Please call Renee´ Williams at (918) 561-1109 for
The Alumni Golf Classic is tentatively scheduled June 23 at Clary Fields
Golf Club, 9999 S. 49th W. Ave. in Tulsa.
I would like to thank each of you for allowing me the opportunity to
represent you, my alma mater, and to be a part of OSU College of
Osteopathic Medicine. I enjoy representing you and keeping you
to our OSU family.
Ryan N. Miller, Director
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
from Rural Oklahoma
During the summer, six OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students
experienced rural health care through the Oklahoma Area Health
Education Center’s Summer Rural Externship Program. Toni Hart,
program coordinator, matches students with doctors
Hart said students call the summer rural externship a very positive
experience that introduces them to rural medicine in a personal and
way, and reinforces their interest in rural practice. Students
took part in a
community activity that contributed to better health for
that community and an interdisciplinary experience with at least
other health care professionals who
are not physicians.
Among the student participants were (from left) Jon
were Frank Evans, D.O., ’94,
Kirkendall, D.O., ’94,
Stacey Knapp, D.O., ’01,
and Brenda Stutzman,
Funding from the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic
Medicine refurbished the student lounge area, now named the OEFOM
Lounge. At a recent dedication, students (center to right) Wendy
McConnell, Stephanie Reed and
Trey Thomason presented
thanks from students
to OEFOM representatives Steve Whitfill (left),
and Duane Koehler, D.O., ’90 (second from left).
Loading items from the OSU-COM alumni association are Reneé Williams
(right), assistant to the director and Ryan Miller, OSU-COM alumni
association director. The items were wrapped and delivered to a fifth
class at Eugene Field Elementary School in Tulsa, OSU-CHS’ Partner
Education. Each child received an article of clothing and a toy. This is
second year the alumni association has assisted with the event.
OSU Clinical Education
KEEPING IT REAL
Keeping clinical education for future doctors as much like real life as
possible helps teach them how to accurately diagnose patients. OSU
College of Osteopathic Medicine’s clinical skills education department’s
six-figure investment in upgrades combines trained, live human
standardized patients with new medical training simulators (SIMS) to
provide an integrated clinical skills training experience.
Joan Stewart, D.O., ’85, associate dean for clinical education, says
the new center is a safe, controlled environment where students can
practice and refine clinical skills and decision-making before they work
with patients. The additional clinical practice contributes to reduced
medical errors and increased patient safety, she points out.
The facility integrates the SIMS with human standardized patients
trained in various scenarios. The human touch gives emotional and
psychological clinical challenges to students. The mannequins present
a range of clinical and medical problems that human patients cannot
“act out.” Students are evaluated in both SIM and standardized
patient encounters, which are recorded and can be reviewed by
students and faculty on password protected screens.
Human patients learn to play a role and respond to student’s
questions. Students have fourteen minutes to get a patient history,
conduct an examination and decide on a differential diagnosis. Then,
they have nine minutes to list subjective and objective findings, an
assessment and a plan. Students are evaluated on their ability to
formulate a correct differential diagnosis, interpersonal and
communication skills, patient examination skills including osteopathic
structural exam, use of osteopathic manipulative therapy and creating
a treatment plan.
Emily Lim, standardized patient education coordinator,
in the clinical
education control room.
Students can use SIMS to practice intubation, starting an IV, chest
compression or CPR.
The SIMS can do almost anything human, including regurgitating. They
can talk, breathe and answer questions. They can be examined,
catheterized and intubated. Software can make the SIMS “crackle” in
one lung and not the other, increase their heart rate, change blood
pressure or oxygen saturation and can mimic the physical findings of a
very sick patient. Programs can simulate a collapsed lung, a code blue
or a more common occurrence such
as an asthma attack, angina,
Students can evaluate the experience thorough feedback, including
surveys and comments.
Clinical education - Joan Stewart, D.O., ’85, and first-year
students Katy Lee
and Greg Root work with new medical
simulators (SIMS) recently installed
education department. The simulators, along
patients, provide an
Michael Eimen, D.O., ’85 and his wife, Vicki, are chairs of the Oklahoma
Osteopathic Founders Foundation’s Winterset 2008 event in Tulsa.
Michael A. Kayser, D.O., ’00 has been named medical director for the Warren Clinic Center for Genetics on the Saint Francis Hospital campus in Tulsa.
Jonathan Walker, D.O., ’06 was named “PGY1 of the Year” for the
Emergency Medicine Residency at York Hospital for 2006-07.
Elected to Board
John Fernandes, D.O., M.B.A., president of the Oklahoma State
University Center for Health Sciences and dean of the OSU College
of Osteopathic Medicine, has been elected to a three-year term on
the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers.
The association is a national, non-profit organization that seeks to
improve health and well-being through vigorous leadership of the
nation’s academic health centers.
Janice Giacomo, 54, OSU
Continuing Medical Education associate
director who worked with physicians in CME and was instrumental
in building the program, died Dec. 5, 2007. She joined OSU in March
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