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OSU groups aid Iraq's continuing medical education needs

Photo: From left: Dohn Martin, OSU-CHS medical library associate director; Cyndi Canning, CME program specialist; Stephen Eddy, D.O., director of CME, and Mahalia Hawkins, library  technical assistant, with some of the materials being sent to medical professionals in Iraq.

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education is reaching out to medical professionals in Iraq with assistance from the school’s medical library.

Cyndi Canning, CME program specialist, said a conversation with Capt. Bob Hart, D.O., a 2004 OSU osteopathic medicine graduate, has prompted coordination of efforts to provide journals, texts, and other educational materials to Iraqi health care providers.

Capt. Hart is the Brigade Surgeon for the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. The OSU CME office has donated three complete sets of video discs to Capt. Hart’s efforts.  Each set has more than 200 hours of continuing medical education lectures.  The CME office also is helping to determine if its new online courses could aid Iraqi clinicians in learning more about current practices.  It is hoped that the materials will help provide up-to-date information about current medical guidelines and practices, aiding professional development and education for Iraq’s health care providers as the nation rebuilds.

The OSU medical library has provided recent medical books and journals.

Canning said donations of current journals, books, and other written materials on all medical subjects are needed and will be distributed to hospitals, teaching programs, clinics and individual health care providers in Iraq.  For more information, contact Canning at (918) 586-4615 or (800) 274-1972.

The CME office offers seminars, training materials and online courses for physicians to earn continuing education credits that are fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Okla., offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences, with an emphasis on preparing physicians for 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.