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Spring 2009



Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller







Office of
Alumni Affairs

Ryan N. Miller
Director of Alumni Affairs
Renee’ Motte-Williams
Administrative Assistant III
fax: 918.561.5876

Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 West 17th Street
Tulsa, OK 74107-1898

John J. Fernandes,
D.O., M.B.A.,

President & Dean
Marla M. Schaefer, M.S.
Ellen L. Stockton
Art Director
Angela Byers
Graphic Designer
Terry R. Drenner
Rebcca Nida
Web Designer

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















































Hello, Alumni

Spring is here and your alumni association has numerous events and activities planned during the next few months.

We had a great time in Washington, D.C., at ACOFP and D.O. Day on the Hill. More than 75 attended our alumni reception, the largest reception ever for this convention. We were able to thank immediate past president Ronnie Martin, D.O., ‘79, for his wonderful contributions and welcome Jan Zieren, D.O.,’80, as incoming president. I believe this speaks volumes about the caliber of alumni from our institution. Having two alumni in succession as presidents of a national organization is truly something we all can be proud of.

On campus, we have had many activities as well. In February, we broke ground for a new forensics, research and biomedical sciences building on the southwest corner of our main campus. OSU and the City of Tulsa are partners in a new structure for the Tulsa Police Department forensics crime lab and a research group, which will occupy the first two floors. Three floors will house OSU biomedical labs, classroom space and forensics sciences research. The building is scheduled to be completed by 2011.

A City of Tulsa trust voted in March to sign an agreement regarding the transfer of ownership of the OSU Medical Center from Ardent Health Services, the parent company of Hillcrest HealthCare System. The agreement reached between the Oklahoma State University Medical Center Trust and Ardent follows recently passed legislation that allows state funding of $5 million per year for the next five years to support the continued operations of OSU Medical Center. St. John Health System has agreed to serve as the contracted management service provider to operate OSU Medical Center on behalf of the Trust.

Our annual Summer Golf Classic Monday, June 29, is at Clary Fields Golf Club in Tulsa. Coach Eddie Sutton and Pistol Pete will be our honored guests once again. Make plans to attend and spend a day in the sun with fellow alumni and friends.

Please follow our website and check your e-mails for weekly updates on events and thank you again for supporting our OSU-COM Alumni Association.



Ryan N. Miller, Director
Alumni Association


Ground broken for new facility

OSU Center for Health Sciences and the City of Tulsa broke ground in late February to launch construction of a shared forensic sciences and biomedical research facility that will house OSU-CHS and Tulsa Police Department forensic sciences and biomedical research.

The 160,000 square-foot building will have five floors. Floors one and two are for police department use, and floors three, four and five for OSU-CHS. The first phase of construction will complete the third-floor forensic sciences area, which will have a seminar style-teaching lab, faculty and staff offices, and the forensic biology, forensic pathology and forensic toxicology student labs and clinical labs.

An expansion space can accommodate two labs and a 24-seat classroom. The fourth floor has space for 12 biomedical sciences faculty members, procedure rooms, a dark room and a cold room. Later, phase two will build out the fifth floor for additional biomedical science research labs and faculty offices.

Photo: At the dig line are House speaker Chris Benge, OSU Regent Jay Helm, Tulsa City Councilor Rick Westcott, Rep. Lucky Lamons, Chapman Foundation Trustee Jerry Dickman, OSU-CHS President John Fernandes, Tulsa City Councilor Dennis Troyer, State Regent General Counsel Robert Anthony, OSU-CHS Vice-President of Research and Institutional Advancement Dr. Leigh Goodson, Tulsa Police Maj. Steve Bayles and Chief Ron Palmer.


OSU Medicine
earns continued accreditation

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has received continued accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. The medical school received the maximum 7-year approval, with the next full survey and on-site evaluation scheduled for 2015. Prior to the approval, the college conducted a 15-month institutional self-study. A site inspection team from the AOA in September also was part of the approval process.

“We were commended by the AOA for our very effective self-study, which incorporated both electronic files and our Website,” said W. Daniel Cogan, Ed.D., director of Academic Affairs and Accreditation. The report to AOA-COCA by the site inspection team’s report stated “OSU-COM is to be commended for its mobile telemedicine clinic,” calling it an asset to the college. “It is well accepted by the people served and the students who gain great clinical experience working with the rural communities of Oklahoma,” the report added. In addition, the team complimented OSU’s use of osteopathic technique with patients at OSU Medical Center; their comment: “OSU-COM is to be commended for its structural medicine inpatient rotation and guidelines manual for OMM treatments to the hospitalized patient,” the report stated.


CME Emergency Medicine Review June 12-14

The OSU Office of Continuing Medical Education presents the 12th annual Emergency Medicine Review June 12-14 at the DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa Downtown. It features lectures and hands-on activities with emphasis on situations encountered daily by the primary care physician. The goal is to enhance the knowledge of emergency care providers, thereby improving patient care. The full conference has been approved by the AOA for 20.50 hours of AOA Category 1A CME credit. It also has been approved by the AAFP for 20.50 prescribed credits. Deadline for early registration price of $400 is May 22.

OSU’s CME is a fully accredited AOA sponsor and an approved sponsor of CME credits for the AAFP offering 1A and 1B credit through live conferences, media loans and web-based programming. It now offers 25 hours of 1B AOA accredited online CME programming. For information or registration, contact Cyndi Canning or Rob Robinson at (918) 586-4615 or (918) 586-4617 or (800) 274-1972, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


OSU Center for Rural Health presents SHIP funds to Drumright Regional Hospital

The Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences recently presented a check for $8,283 to Drumright Regional Hospital.

The funds for the check are made available through the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grant administered by the OSU Center for Rural Health. In 2008, the OSU Center for Rural Health received $496,980 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources & Services Administration to distribute equally among 60 rural hospitals in Oklahoma.

“It is always a pleasure to be able to assist and support our small rural hospitals. Small hospitals in Oklahoma are vital to the health of rural residents, the economic well being of our health system, and are indispensable to future community development,” said Val Schott, director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health. Funding for the SHIP grant is authorized by the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999. Funds became available in 2002 to assist in three problem areas: upgrades of computer and data systems, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and support for quality improvement. Nationwide, approximately 1,600 hospitals have received financial assistance through SHIP funding.

A map of the Oklahoma hospitals receiving SHIP funding is available at


OSU-CHS Alumni
Calendar of Events for 2009

  • Emergency Medicine Review CME June 12-14 DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa Downtown
  • TOMA alumni reception June 18-22 Addison, Texas
  • Alumni Summer Golf Classic June 29 Clary Fields, Tulsa
  • AOMA Aug. 6-9 Fayetteville, Ark.
  • White coat ceremony Aug. 15 OSU-CHS
  • 30 year reunion Aug. 14-16 Tulsa
  • New student welcome lunch (tentative) Sept. 11 Tulsa
  • OSU homecoming Oct. 16-17 Stillwater
  • AOA convention Nov. 1-5 New Orleans, La.
  • Primary Care Update CME Nov. 13-15 Tulsa


Future CME offerings:

26th Annual Primary Care Update
Nov. 13-15 - 20 Hours AOA Category 1A Credits

24th Annual CME Spring Fling
May 21-22 - 17 Hours AOA Category 1A Credits

13th Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting
June 11-13 - 20 Hours AOA Category 1A Credits

27th Annual Primary Care Update
Nov. 12-14 - 20 Hours AOA Category 1A Credits

25th Annual CME Spring Fling
May 12-15 - 17 Hours AOA Category 1A Credits

All events at DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa-Downtown. Proper prescribing included. For more information: (918) 561-1109 or OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education (800) 274-1972 or (918) 586-4617 or (918) 586-4615. FAX (918) 586-4618.


Alumni Notes

Robin Dyer, D.O., ‘92, has been named interim chair of the OSU Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She is an associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine and board certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association. She also is certified in neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine by the American Academy of Osteopathy and American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Dianna Willis, D.O., ‘83, received the Pinnacle Award for Health presented by the Tulsa Women’s Foundation and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women March 10 in Tulsa. She was honored for her advocacy for women and children and her assistance with health and literacy programs.

Lesley Vines, D.O., ‘05, is among 89 new missionaries appointed by the International Mission Board Southern Baptist Convention. She will serve in a community and home outreach evangelism role in Zambia.

In Memoriam
Thomas Boston Gordon, D.O., ‘82, age 59, passed away March 10, 2009.

Leslie Hunt Parks-Finley, D.O., ‘97, died unexpectedly on Nov. 25, 2008. She completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Philadelphia and returned to Texas to open her practice in The Woodlands.

Jack R. Wolfe, D.O., dean of Academic Affairs from 1983 to 1992 at the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, passed away Feb. 13, 2009. He was director of Student Health from 1992-98 and served as chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.



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