TULSA, Okla. — Robert S. Conrad, Ph.D., and Kirby Jarolim, Ph.D., have been honored with awards for their 35 years of service to the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
Conrad is professor of microbiology and Jarolim is chair and professor of anatomy. Both were members of the inaugural faculty at the college, which began educating osteopathic physicians at the new Tulsa school in 1974.
The educators have seen the college grow from its initial class of 36 first-year medical students at a downtown Tulsa location to today’s 92 first-year medical students and approximately 50 graduate students who attend classes on a modern, four-building, 16 acre campus on Southwest Boulevard.
Dr. Conrad and Dr. Jarolim have helped educate the more than 2,300 osteopathic physicians who have graduated from the college since 1977.
“It has been a very interesting and rewarding experience,” Dr. Conrad said of the past three and one-half decades of teaching future physicians and research scientists.
“I am honored to be a member of the faculty that helped play a part in the development of OSU-CHS and to see it grow to its present stature in the state and its national recognition. It is very gratifying to see our students become the physicians and biomedical scientists of the future,” Dr. Jarolim said.
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.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.
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