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Jay Helm honored by OSU-CHS
TULSA, Okla. — Jay Helm, a member of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 15.
The Distinguished Public Service Award is the highest honor the medical school bestows upon individuals for achievement in development of medical education and improvements in health care.
Helm earned his bachelors of science degree in General Business from OSU in 1970. Since 2001, he has served on the Board of Regents, and currently serves on the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees, University Center at Tulsa Authority and the OSU Medical Center Trust.
OSU-CHS offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences, with an emphasis on preparing physicians for rural and under-served Oklahoma. Osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students to be primary care physicians and US News and World Report recently placed OSU eighth in a list of schools producing primary care graduates.
Providing physicians to rural and under-served Oklahoma is core to the college's mission.
More than 2,300 osteopathic physicians have graduated from the college since 1977. Currently, 51 percent of OSU Medicine graduates remain in active practice in Oklahoma; 21 percent in communities of fewer than 10,000 residents and 16 percent in communities of fewer than 7,500 residents.
The school has grown to become a center for health sciences and offers nine graduate level degrees (masters and doctoral) including osteopathic medicine, forensic sciences, biomedical sciences, and natural and applied sciences-health care administration. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.